The ab crunch is one of the most common abdominal exercises but also probably the most often improperly performed. Here you’ll learn how to do them correctly.

It’s no secret that six pack abs are one of the most coveted muscle groups when it comes to a man’s physique. Movie stars have them and women crave them – yet, it is one of the more challenging things to accomplish. Some might even say that a man’s abs are a barometer for how fit he really is. If you’re looking to get six pack abs, you’ve come to the right place. With a little bit of training and the right diet (after all, abs are made in the kitchen – not in the gym), you’ll have washboard abs in no time. We are not a fan of the crunch and believe that it can lead to injury. There are much safer alternatives like the plank to activate your core.

Exercise Name: Ab Crunch
Main Muscle: Abs
Secondary Muscle(s): N/A
Equipment Required: Bodyweight Only

To Perform the Ab Crunch

  1. Lie on your pack with your feet up on a bench and your knees bent at a 90 degree angle.
  2. Place your hands across your chest or on either side of your head.
  3. Raise your head, shoulders and chest off the floor and towards your knees, crunching your abs.
  4. Hold the position for a moment and then lower to the starting position.

Tips When Doing the Ab Crunch

  1. Keep your hips straight and your lower back against the floor during this exercise.
  2. Be extremely careful with your back. Many experts dub the ab crunch as one of the most dangerous and unnecessary exercises.

Editor’s Note: The ab crunch is not a recommended exercise by any means. It can lead to injury and can screw up your back. We suggest going for something more effective and safer like planks. Between isolating and constantly curving your spine, the ab crunch is inefficient and ineffective. Be smart. Be effective.