Common body weight exercise for the abdominal muscles.

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Is there a benefit to doing crunches over sit-ups?

Leaving aside the health risks (As per Wikipedia, "Some argue that situps can be dangerous due to high compressive lumbar load"), is there any benefit to doing crunches as opposed to sit-ups? From ...
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Is it okay to lift weights daily?

I used to live a sedentary life behind the desk. This year, I decided to change my lifestyle. I'm 6ft; I started with 236lbs on January 1st and currently weigh about 215lbs. What I do is simple: ...
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Spine pain after crunches

I am doing crunches since 3 weeks. From last 1-2 days I am feeling pain in upper back/spine. The intensity of pain is not much, but i am feeling it all day. I am doing 3 sets of crunches (20 MAX in a ...
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Best way to work out abdominal muscles without hurting spine

I am frequently hearing of new research finding how bad situps and crunches are (example). So what is a safe way to exercise the abdominal muscles? For example is doing the plank proven to be a safe ...
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How effective are Kneeling Cable Crunches?

They're not the most well-known ab isolation exercise, but they are documented on exrx and Icecream Fitness 5x5 recommends them as the only ab isolation needed in the routine. Does anyone know/have ...
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Reason for some variations in doing crunches or other ab exercises

In fitness classes I have often seen that crunches were done in a specific pattern, for example: 10 normal crunches 10 crunches in 2 steps (i.e. up hold 1 count, up hold 1 count, down, down) 10 mini ...
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Are crunches an effective exercise for building the abs?

Vince Gironda was famous for training people like Arnold and Lou Ferrigno and operating Vince's Gym. He was one of the OGs of professional bodybuilding. There's a story I've heard more than once ...
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Skinny but flabby, what to do?

I appear skinny but anyone who's seen me without a shirt knows the truth! My chest, arms, and legs all look healthy (as far as I'm concerned) but my stomach is this fatty mess. It's not that I don't ...
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Severe Muscle cramp during abdomen crunch

I have fat around my Belly, and whenever I try to do Abdomen crunch, I get severe (or massive) muscle cramp in my belly which prevents me from doing anything for next 30 minutes due to intense pain. ...
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Crunches before or after sit-ups?

I use a machine to do 8-12 crunches to failure. I also like to perform sit-ups to failure (and I feel it in the front of my hips, not my abs). Does it matter in which order I do these two exercises? ...
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To count or not to count?

I started training some months ago (mainly strength), but when I do sit-ups/ crunches I tend to forget counting repetitions and just continue until I can't do any more. What are the pros and cons of ...
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Crunches after a run?

I go for a 5km before work 2-3 times a week, with a longer run at weekends. I was doing crunches and other weight based exercises on the off days, but have been advised to do it after my runs. My ...