Thanks Coach Nichole, I was looking to change things up and as usual your 13 course menu was right on .
8/10/2011 3:29:38 PM
Usually Nichole has good articles, but this one is way off the mark. First of all, the article she references is from 2001. Threre have been numerous studies showing that crunches are not effective. Not only that, they can cause damage & pain to the lower back.
There are no STANDING AB exercises shown, and there are a lot of them that are very effective.
My suggestion - ditch this article and promote something new.
I was dismayed that this article had so many crunches. There is so much research available to indicate that crunches are extremely hard on your back. Visit http://www.raquelfitness.com/crunches-abs- core/ for a great article. It contains lots of support for the theory that crunches are not good for you, along with sound alternates. I hope Sparkpeople makes some changes.
For the record, there is quite a bit of negative material from various muscle guru's, trainers, etc. regarding "crunches". For anyone with back issues, some of these exercises can aggravate or even cause problems.
Losing belly fat is primarily done via diet, and I do realize that this article was not addressing that specific topic.
I will probably stick with #'s 1,2,3 + all forms of plank to complement my overall full-body strength training.
Bike Crunch will always be my favourite, especially as I'm not good with traditional crunches!
2/7/2010 6:26:47 PM
Great info! Makes doing those exercises so much more important! The only one I can't do is the Captain's chair until I find one!
2/1/2010 9:23:31 AM
I am just starting out, I have been the traditional lazy slob/couch potato most of my life. I am recently divorced and have quit smoking. I am not in terrible shape but I doo need some help with my abdominal muscles. I am finding the crunches, bicycle crunches and the plank are wori=king for me right now but I am always open to trying new exercises.
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