Monday, November 30, 2009
One of my favorite exercises to do is the abdominal crunch. Some people don’t like them, which is fine. All exercises are not for everybody. But I happen to find them to be very effective and easy to do. I like crunches because you can do them virtually anyplace. I often drop and do them between commercials while watching television, or I incorporate them into my overall exercise routine.
They are particularly good when travelling, especially if you can’t get to a gym. You can do a crunch on a mat or a towel – with or without dumbbells; but sometimes I will do them seated on a stability ball. Here is how I like to do them. Regardless of your fitness level and regardless of your waist size, the crunch can fit into your workout regimen. The method can vary but this is the basic technique:
First, lie flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Some people place their hands across their chest while others place the hands behind the head. Either method is fine.
Next, rise up off the floor – exhaling as you rise – approximately three or four inches (about a 30 degree angle) keeping your feet flat, and hold for about three seconds and return to the starting position and inhaling on your way back down. Repeat for a total of 12 repetitions. If you can’t do that many, try fewer repetitions.
Like I said, crunches may not be for everyone. But I find them to be a great way to tighten up the abs and the sides as well. Below is a set of “How To” videos if you’re interested in more information and demonstrations on how to do them: