60 seconds or less: Crunches

Posted on April 29, 2019

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(Last Updated On: April 29, 2019)

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Should I do crunches?

No.

You can go into the rabbit hole of,

  • are crunches dangerous for the lower back
  • how much compression crunches put on the spinal discs
  • just because you work your stomach doesn’t mean you’ll lose fat from your stomach

but there’s no need for all that.

On average, we sit in a chair, hunched over, like this a lot:

A great way to keep the body loose and healthy is to not move it the same way too much. We don’t need more of the bring-your-shoulders-to-your-knees-motion:

Crunch image from Skimble.

Most, if anything, are trying to have a less rounded upper back. So why do an exercise that rounds the upper back?

When you already crunch all day, there’s no need to do more of it in the gym. Exercise should be when you move your body differently than you do all day. Not the same!

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