Stop doing crunches and sit ups as your primary core/ab exercises.
I see it all the time and I was guilty of doing this as well for years and years, generally sit ups and crunches do more damage than they do good.
For many years while lifting weights and doing martial arts I would do countless sit ups and crunches, sometimes a thousand a day. Then in 2000 I herniated a disc and my back and training was never the same again.
According to Dr. Stuart McGill, if you do enough sit-ups you’re going to hurt your back. Our backs only have so many bending cycles in them–everyone is different based on genetics–but our backs are like wire coat hangers. Bend that coat hanger back & forth so many times and it’s going to weaken & finally break.
So instead of doing crunches and sit ups and chasing after “The Burn” start focusing on learning to contract your core by focusing on bracing and anti rotation type exercises.
Do these instead
1. Prone & Side Plank
2. Stir The Pot
Stir The Pot This is one of the best core exercises you can do. I learned this from Dr. Stu McGill years ago and it really helped with my lower back rehab. Keep the core tight, control the movement and don’t let the hips/lower back dip. Brace hard, squeeze the glutes. This is much harder than it looks. #heavyweights , #core , #abs, #abtraining
3. Paloff Hold & Press
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