Crunch, crunch ,crunch ! How many crunches can you do? 50? 100? 500?
If most people were asked how they train their abs, they would say crunches or sit-ups on the floor. Now whilst doing a crunch has its place for training the abdominals, it really is only a small piece of the jigsaw. So whether your goals are a flatter stomach for that special dress, a stronger core to prevent back pain or just general fitness, you won’t be achieving your goals just by doing crunches!
For example, how many mums long for a flatter belly? I know I do. After giving birth, many struggle with regaining their figure, and still have a problem with flattening the area from the belly button down. During pregnancy, the abdominals are stretched and without the proper training and the correct exercises will struggle to regain their original shape. This stretching of the muscles means that they may not work correctly and can lead to back pain during and after pregnancy. To eliminate back pain and regain her previous shape, the mother has to work her lower abdominals with specific exercises. Even women who have had children many years beforehand can still benefit from these exercises.
So what are these exercises? Well it all depends on what you need as an individual and a full assessment will determine this. What may work for one person won’t work for another. Exercise selection and instruction are crucial. If you do the wrong exercise with the wrong technique you won’t get the desired effect, and even worse could end up doing yourself more damage!
In summary, you may think that doing lots of crunches means you have a strong core but this is not the case. For those who specifically want a flatter stomach, stronger abs and to eliminate back pain, the need to ditch those sit-ups and invest in learning how to train your abs properly has never been greater!
Dannielle Emery #fitmumleigh