Video Blog: Ab lab 1 – Basic Crunch
Over the years we have developed an extremely effective abdominal progression. Depending on the feedback we receive from this post; Elise and I would like to make this abs progression available to our readers.
A highly esteemed personal training colleague and long time friend of PLInnovations asked me how to stabilize the hips and lower spine to improve the effectiveness, safety, and comfort of the basic crunch. Here is my answer:
If you are having a hard time keeping your hips and lower spine stable through the full crunch range of motion try a straight leg crunch (see the picture at the top). To do this assume the basic crunch position, then straighten your legs with just a slight flex left in your knees so they are not locked-out. Now perform the basic crunch as usual. This will isolate the upper abdominals and eliminate any contribution from the hip flexors. Your upper abs will burn more since they have to do all the work now. Progress to being able to recruit those same muscles in a normal basic crunch position.
So there you have it, a proper basic crunch. Since this exercise focuses primary on the upper abdominals, it’s only part of the picture for developing a strong healthy core – not to mention a hot six pack.
Would you like to see the rest of our muscle toning AB LAB routine? Please leave a comment, like the Youtube video, and share us on Facebook. Give us a virtual standing ovation, so we know you’re interested in the encore – for your core (see what I did right there:).
- Posted on August 28th, 2013