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Guide posted by Coachbronze David H in 100 crunches a day for 2 weeks

Top Tip for Crunches

Remember, when exercising we can choose where to focus our attention. The brain and the body work best when you focus the attention on the area you want to improve. Crunches are great for the abs, but its too easy to start the crunch by moving the head & neck first (you'll know if you are doing this as you'll feel strain in your neck); try to resist this and instead make the first movement come from the mid-body abs.

In other words fold the body using the abs - don't pull it up using the head first.

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Maksim M responded Comment

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That was actually the reason that I switched from the standard crunch, to the bicycle crunch, I feel it is easier to wrok the abs from the off with those, without risking any strain on the neck.  It means you have to do two bicycle to every one standard crunch, but hey, thats good too! :-D

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The tip I use for myself and to teach crunch to my students or clients at the gym is to do not put your hands behind your head with your fingers crossed, but putting them on the side of the head, on the temples, keeping arms and elbows wide open.

Angel R responded Comment

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Thanks for the tip. Not only does this info save my neck but the crunch is more effective too.

Sheila G responded Comment

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Thank you!xx

Vita W responded Comment

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Thank you...will also need variations...I usually stop any kind of exercise cos it gets monotonous :(

Shashi R responded Comment

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I am going to star  tomorrow  my challenging!

Luz M responded Comment

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Thanks for the tip :)

Sara P responded Comment

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Thank you for the reminder. I was so happy when i was able to correct my posture and there wasn't any more neck pain.

Squishy P responded Comment

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thanks for this tip. 

Anna J responded Comment

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Thx 4 the tip, it's so true

Hosein G responded Comment

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