Abdominal exercises—especially crunches—are probably not your favorite moves to do while working out, and we totally get it! This old-school exercise has gotten a bad rep over the years, but it’s not because of the actually move itself. Keep reading to find out why you may not be seeing positive results after performing these exercises.
You’re not going to master every move the first time you try it. If you find yourself getting winded easily—no matter what move you’re performing—here’s a tip: “Focus on the muscle, not the movement.”
Just because you see someone do a move and then try to mimic it, doesn’t mean your are actually executing it correctly. Doing so will cause the integrity of any exercise to be compromised. So instead of mimicking, try think about which part of the body the exercise is targeting. If you’re doing an ab exercise on the floor, start the first move and place your hand on the muscle being worked. As you go through the exercise, keep your hand in place to make sure the muscle is active. If you find that it isn’t, start the exercise again from the beginning but at a slower pace to see the difference.
In the case of ab work, you’ll find that it only takes a little bit of movement to engage your core. Here’s why you should keep doing those crunches!
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