Crunch

The Crunch is probably the most basic of abdominals exercises, ideal for beginners and probably the first thing newbies think of if they want to get a six-pack. In reality, the good old Crunch won’t help you so much in your quest for a washboard stomach as, in line with the guidelines set out in our eBook, the main factor when it comes to six-pack abs, and weight loss in general, is nutrition. That said, the Crunch is a great place to start for anyone just setting out but when you’re ready to advance you should be looking at some more effective abs exercises such as the Captain’s Chair Leg Raise or the Cable Crunch.

Instructions

Crunch exercise guide and instructionsLie on your back on a padded mat with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent at about 45 degrees. Place your fingers on your temples and use your abs to raise your shoulders off the ground. Go as far as you can whilst keeping your lower back on the floor, hold for one second and slowly return to the starting position.

 

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Details

Also known as: Crunches, Sit ups
Primary muscles: Abdominals
Secondary muscles Obliques
Equipment needed: Bodyweight
Level: Beginner

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