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Crunching for Results: 4 Variations to Try

By Virginia Laird

Looking for ways to shake your workout up without having to learn a ton of difficult strategies? There are many ways to change your exercise routine, including trying a new class, adding weights, or even finding a variation of exercises you already love. Crunches are a go-to workout recommended by personal trainers and fitness class instructors. It is the most basic exercise that can be done. Spicing it up is easy. There are a plethora of alterations that can be applied to the crunch. Some of the very best include:

  • Bicycle crunch
  • Reverse crunch
  • Kickboxing crunch
  • V-sit crunch

Don’t get overwhelmed by the technical terminology. Keep in mind, these begin with the basic crunch motion. To help you learn the variations, each is also linked to a how-to page.

Bicycle Crunch

The bicycle crunch is likely something you have done for years. It is exactly what is sounds to be. Many people focus on working the upper abs and find it difficult to shape the lower abs. This variation allows both (upper and lower ab muscles) to be engaged in the workout, simultaneously helping to bring tone to the abs.

Reverse Crunch

The reverse crunch works mostly the lower abs. This is generally an area that gets little attention and tends to be the most difficult area to keep in shape. The reverse crunch form is low stress but highly effective and relatively easy for people of any workout ability.

Kickboxing Crunch

Kickboxing has become a new workout frenzy. It alone puts every muscle of the body to the test. The kickboxing crunch is a standing form of the basic exercise. It still employs many muscles of the body but allows strain on the back to be reduced.

V-Sit Crunch

The V-sit crunch is by far the most difficult and requires the most coordination. Like many other crunch variations, it too works all the ab muscles. Due to its difficulty level, it is important to practice good form when putting this variation to work.

No matter which form of the basic crunch meets your needs, it is possible to see results.  The desired result will take time. However, the core strength you build along your path to the results can help reduce back pain and improve posture.

Here’s to hoping you find a variation of the crunch that makes toning your abs fun again!

To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.

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