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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,299)
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7/8/12 3:15 P

Here's a plank: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp
?exercise=141


And if that is too difficult, here's a modified version: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp
?exercise=7


CAPRITTARIUS1 SparkPoints: (992)
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7/8/12 3:08 P

What are planks


CAPRITTARIUS1 SparkPoints: (992)
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7/8/12 3:07 P

I was doing crunches because I thought it would strengthen my core....I have to as I suffer from chronic back pain and using the ab lounge gets my back off the ground and won't hurt my back as much as lying on the ground

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,299)
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7/8/12 2:55 P

Actually, Spark people does now track calorie burn for strength training in the new fitness tracker. However, the calorie burn is minimal, since it's strength and not cardio. Doing 50 crunches won't burn more than a few calories

May I ask why you're doing crunches so often? They fine as an occasional supplement, but there's not much benefit to doing them so often. Your body will get used to that exercise quickly, and to strengthen your core, there are better, more efficient exercises. If you're trying to target. Belly fat, crunches won't do that... no exercise will.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 7/8/2012 (15:12)
LEC358 SparkPoints: (10,502)
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7/8/12 2:10 P

Crunches are a strength exercise (and not the most efficient one at that) and therefore SP doesn't track it other than in terms of minutes. As a general rule, SP doesn't track calories for strength exercises at all because your heart rate does not increase as much as it does doing things like swimming, walking, running, etc. For core, I always like doing planks because they work abs, back, and shoulders. good luck!

CAPRITTARIUS1 SparkPoints: (992)
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7/8/12 1:48 P

I am trying to find out how many calories I burn doing crunches. I do 50 in the morning and 50 in the afternoon. The fitness tracker tells me how many calories I burned walking, but nothing in strength training. Does anybody know how to find out on SP?

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