What Happened to the Abdominal Crunch Machine?
If you are like me, you are probably wondering what happened to the old abdominal crunch machine that used to be across from the treadmills. It was a well-used piece of equipment that was a great way to target your abdominal muscles (rectus abdominus specifically).
Despite the fact that it was a popular machine and it targeted the core muscles, the most current exercise research has found that it might not be all that safe for your back.
Researchers now agree that repetitive flexion and extension motions of the spine have been correlated to an increased risk of low back injury. The research is particularly strong when looking at the risk of disc herniations in adults. Most exercise experts now recommend that people should stick to exercises that don’t put repetitive bending and twisting forces through the spine.The literature supports other, safer ways for us to target our abdominals such at leg lifts and planks, which allow the spine to stay still throughout the entirety of the exercise.
So the next time that you look to use the abdominal crunch machine, consider trying a different abdominal exercise. Your spine just might thank you!