To Crunch or Not to Crunch?

At Ormond Physiotherapy many fitness enthusiast ask me this question “Are sit ups good for me”

However many of the leading fitnessgurus would argue the crunching action is more detrimental than beneficial.

At Ormond Physiotherapy keeping up with the new researchis what allows us to deliver high excellence of care and physiotherapy practice and understanding the research about gym exercises is no different.  

A recent article byFitness GuruBen Greenfield rebukes the notion that sit up are good for you with a compelling argument. Quoted below is a fantastic analogy from his article.

“Here’s why crunches don’t really work that well and are actually dangerous: Imagine your spine is a credit card. In the same way that repeatedly flexing and extending a credit card will eventually lead to wearing out of the card, repeatedly performing the crunching motion can put a lifetime of damaging strain on your back.

You’ve probably been taught that if you’re going to pick a heavy object off the ground and you don’t want to hurt your spine, you should bend at the knees and not at the back. But anytime you do a crunch or a sit-up, you’re bending at the back — over and over and over again!”

Conditioning the core correctly has been shown to reduce the injury rate of Ostetis Pubis, hamstring tears, disc bulges, lower back joint irritation and improve posture. Not only that it’s more fun especially with our staff at Ormond Physiotherapy

So for now avoid crunches unless your sport requires you to have concrete abs.