I haven't been reporting crunches on my weight goal page (the one with all the measurements and blood pressure recordings) because I just don't know what a crunch is really supposed to look like. I know the pushup is done from a plank, or modified for those who need it by allowing the knees to be on the floor, and I have worked hard to reach my goal of 5 pushups from the plank positiion - although I can't get any closer to the ground than 6 to 8 inches at this point. I have been doing the "bicycle" crunch in the calisthenics class, but that seems pretty easy. What is a real crunch supposed to look like? Can you steer me to a video that will show it? And if the bicycle crunch is allowed in the record-keeping, does one count each knee up and twist with the arms as one time, or would it be left knee, then right knee would count as one?
There are ways of doing crunches, and other exercises, that takes the strain off the neck. I am limited with what exercise I can do, but the most beneficial thing for me skeletal health (arthritis of the spine and scoliosis) was being referred to a practicing Certificated Pilates Instructor, WHO ALSO is a qualified practicing Physiotherapist. Because of her in-depth knowledge of these sorts of issues, she was able to steer me away from unsuitable exercises, and give me good alternatives, as well as show me alternative ways of doing some of the exercise I could do, so that it has the same effect - crunches were one of those exercises!
Try plank and side plank. Both are excellent core exercises.
If you find that your neck hurts during crunches, it's probably because you're forcing your chin into your chest. Imagine that you're holding a small orange under your chin. Don't use your arms to pull your body forward. That causes stress on the neck too. Keep your elbows out by your sides. Don't use them. they are just there to support your head.
and don't do crunches a mile a minute. SLOW DOWN. another possible cause of the ache is you're doing too many too fast. Slow slow slow down. Instead of doing 100 crunches, do 10 very slowly. Don't think about what your ABs are doing. Instead, think about lifting your shoulder blades off the mat without the help of your arms.
I think you'll find that helps improve the quality of your crunch. Most times, back aches, neck aches, etc... can all be traced back to poor form. Think quality over quantity.
I like to do crunches to strengthen my abs but my neck gets sore when i do them. And i have osteopenia (weak bones) in my lower back. Anybody have ideas for ab exercises that are easy on the back and neck?
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