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1/28/14 10:58 A
According to the artcile, MEN age 45+ are considered to be in excellent condition if they can do 40 or more crunches.
WOMEN age 45+ are considered to be in excellent condition if they can do 30 or more crunches.
I suspect this test was posted several years ago and has yet to be updated. This is a very basic "test" to see if a person has decent abdominal strength. The problem ? crunches or sit ups really aren't the best test of core strength. We really have learned a lot since this article was written.
These days, more people test core strength with plank. How long you can hold plank is a good indication of core strength and endurance.
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 1/28/2014 (10:59)
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1/28/14 10:36 A
Looks like "over 45" is all lumped in together, whether you are 50 or 70 or 90. Whoever developed this test might not have had a lot of older people to use for measuring and comparing.
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1/28/14 9:59 A
I find crunches a half step up from pointless anyway. If I'm going to do dedicated ab work, it tends to be be of the plank variety.
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