Instructions say keep hands by floor and photo shows crunches being done with hands behind the head.
12/15/2012 12:36:46 PM
Not sure why this test has an easier goal for women since they generally have less upper body weight and crunches should be easier. Overall I think we set too low an expectation for women's fitness.
10/29/2012 11:00:00 AM
I’m only 5’ 0” tall so the crunch test measurements were too much for me. The 18 inches away from your behind and the 6” marker were modified. I did a 5 inch marker and had more than excellent results for a woman my age. Even if it was not 100% correct or accurate it certainly gives me a reference number to test again in a month. Thank for your advice. Good luck to everyone!
10/20/2012 7:32:45 PM
61 years old and did 35/minute! Not bad for someone who would much rather be a couch potato!
I have a body of arthritis aches and pains. Have had both knees replaced. Hand surgery on joints. Both shoulders get shot. I go to the gym 5 days a week, Aerobics, pilates.yoga, walk a minimum mile a day. I am able to do 50 crunches with ease. Three years ago weighing 335 I couldn't lay down flat ,let alone get up without help. Losing 200 lbs made a world of difference.
This made me very happy , I am over 50 years old and I can do 45 crunches without equipment. It took me about a year to build to this point, I combine these with bridges to work the gluts and a total core.
Surprised myself....I'm 60 and my neighbor watched me do 20. Just bookmarked the recommended "ab" videos, though, LOTS of room for fitness improvement here!
7/5/2012 9:37:07 AM
Thank you for the article fat but fit. I have exercised all my life, cycling walking, curling and swimming. I am 63 with osteoarthritis and 2 artificial knees, so now my main exercises are cycling, weight lifting and deep water aerobics. I do water aerobics every day for 45 minutes and 25-30 minutes on machines and free wights in the gym 3 times per week following a trainer's guidelines. I am still overweight even though I eat a balanced healthy diet. I can't do more aerobics due to my aching joints. My blood pressure, sugar levels and cholesterol are all within normal limits without medication. I am fit but the excess weight puts extra stress on my joints. My doctor is supportive but we both know the extra weight is not good.
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