Crunches are considered as one of the most effective ways to strengthen your abdominal muscles and they are rightly included in most athletes' workout routines.
Beginners may find it hard to engage with this particular exercise, or even find it boring once it becomes a routine, but crunches are thoroughly beneficial for your body.
Meanwhile, others may manage to do 100 crunches per day and see no results. This doesn't mean that you should stop performing crunches, but it's a clear sign that you may need to introduce other types of crunches to your routine.
Crunches do help you build muscle and, apart from the abdominal area, they also work your lower back muscles and obliques. However, to be able to see results you should perform the exercises correctly.
In the event you are eager to try performing crunches on your own at home, and without the help of a personal trainer, we have some advice to offer to you.
Three types of crunches to try at home
The Classic Crunch
To perform the classic crunch, you just need to lie on your back, with your knees bent and your feet pressed on the floor. Then, you place your hands behind your head and rise up slowly towards your knees before slowly going back to the initial stance.
The Reverse Crunch
Lie on your back with your hands facing the ground by both sides of your body. Then, bend your knees and raise your legs towards the ceiling while bringing your knees towards your chest before you return to start position.
Start by lying on your back and place your hands behind your head. Then bend your knees and lift your right knee slowly towards your chest while trying to touch your knee by raising your left elbow. Return to start position and repeat with the left knee and your right arm.