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How to do the perfect crunch

How to do the perfect crunch
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  • Contract your abs before you start the crunch and use them to control your speed. To do this, imagine drawing your belly button into your spine.
  • Keep your feet shoulder-width apart and flat on the floor.

How to do the perfect crunch

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  • Imagine yourself crunching around a ball that's resting on your tummy - the correct movement is actually more of a curl than a crunch.
  • Keep your head aligned with your shoulders and avoid cranking your neck forwards to complete a rep.
  • At the top of the move, squeeze your abs hard for a one-count, then lower slowly back to the start without relaxing your abs.
  • If you feel a strain on your lower back, your abs have been exhausted. This is the object of the exercise so it's time to stop, regardless of the number of reps you've done.
  • If you don't have access to a gym ball, wrap up a small towel and place it under your lower back to get a greater range of motion when doing a crunch.

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