We’re cutting the flab, one crunch after another! Finally, Men’s Health has unleashed a one of a kind crunch that will save your back and help prevent back pain. Developed by and recognized as the world’s top spinal researcher, Dr. Stuart McGill, Ph.D, the “McGill Curlup” forces you to work your entire abdominal muscle complex while keeping the lower back in a naturally arched position. Not only will it build your abs, but prevents back pain – especially those actively involved in sports and constant physical training.
Breakdown: The McGill Curlup
Lie on your back on the floor with your left leg straight and flat on the floor. Your right knee should be bent and your right foot flat.
Place your hand’s palms down on the floor underneath the natural arch in your lower back. (Do not flatten your back.)
Slowly raise your head and shoulders off the floor without bending your lower back or spine, and hold this position for 7 to 8 seconds, breathing deeply the entire time. That is one repetition.
Do all your repetitions, and then switch legs so that your right leg is straight and your left is bent.
Add this crunch to your routine
Perform four to five repetitions, rest for 30 to 60 seconds, and repeat one to two more times. Challenge yourself harder by raising your elbows off the floor as you curl up and even greater start by contracting your abs, and then curl up against that force.
You can do it, don’t have to put your back into it!
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”