How to do Abs video series by personal trainer, Margie Weiss - Ab Exercise - The Basic Crunch
Read the full transcript »
Margie Weiss: This is Margie Weiss. This segment of Simply Abs involves the crunch, the basic crunch. It is one of the simplest exercises that you do to get core strength. All we want to do here is safety first is to make sure that the chin is off the neck, the elbows are off to the side, belly is to the floor. What we are going to do here, this is my daughter Jeremy, she is an aerobics director, she is going to do the work for you and I am going to talk to you a little bit about it. All she is going to do is from this position we are going to lift and lower, lift and lower, lift and lower. If you do this along with her, by the time you have finished 30 minutes, you are going to feel it. If you do 30 minutes, you are going to want to make sure that you are supporting your head because we don't want to have any neck issues at the end of this. This is a core exercise, it's not about your neck. As she comes up and down she is breathing out on the rise and down she is breathing in. Up and down, breathe out, breathe in. That way you make sure that you can continue your breathing. We can slow this down a little bit, if we want, we can go up and down. Or we can go two counts. Up and up. As you go up and down a little bit slower, doesn't mean you are going to be pulling on your neck more. You are lifting the chin and you are contracting more from the waist. What's you want to be thinking about is you want to be thinking about the rib bone and the hip bone. If you put a thumb on rib and your third finger on your hip, as you go up and down, you are going to feel them coming closer together because what we are doing is taking your backbone and pressing it down into the floor. So, this really shouldn't be called a crunch up, it really should be called a press down, because it comes from the core rather than from the lift. The fact that your head is lifting up and down as a result of what you are doing at the core, which is pressing down with your bellybutton. How hard you can press your hips to the floor, your lower back to the floor determines your workout. So, at the end of the workout, if you don't think you have done a good one, you haven't compressed hard enough. But you also want to do is not just think about the upper body, but you want to think about the area in here as well. Pretend like you have a penny in your glute; squeeze them real tight as you go up and down, because by stabilizing the bottom half of your core, you are also forcing the top half of the body to work harder. Again, don't forget to breathe out as you rise. So let's make it three counts up three, two, one and down three, two she is going up a ladder. She is not looking under her knees, she is looking up. The neck is neutral compared with the backbone. Now, if you want to make it a little harder as you come down, don't quite come all the way down, just go half down and then all the way back up. Two three and half doing it to the beats of the music, generally helps to keep you in a rhythm because most people when the workout tend to start to speed up, then you don't really feel the position. Notice that she is continually moving there is no point at which she is stalled and relaxes. She does stall a little bit at the top, but that's at work point rather than at the base where there is a rest. She is stilling breathing out and releasing. Up two, three you got it give me two more. Up two, three one more time that we are going to slow it way down. You are going up a ladder four counts to the top. Four, three, and two you at the top of the ladder now slow round your backbone take it back down. Breathing out, push your shoulders away from your ears, support your head. A lot of times as you get tired the technique goes, and take it up two, three, and four and take it down two. So, let's go back to 2x2, take it up for two and down. Now, notice we that have been working mostly the upper body, we can add a little lower body in here without stopping the chest. All we are go
Copyright © 2005 - 2014 Healthline Networks, Inc. All rights reserved for Healthline.