Fifty crunches every single night is an idea that pops into a lot of people’s minds at some point in their lives. Whether you’re thinking 50 crunches, 50 sit ups, 50 leg raises, or even 50 knee high jump squats. Working consistently on your abdominal muscles a little bit every night will in fact give you little results.
First you need to understand what it is you actually want to do. What is your ultimate goal with all of these crunches? Do you want to burn the fat off of your mid section? Or do you just want tight, ripped abs? Or maybe it’s both, aye?
Well, if you really want to burn the fat off your belly, then focusing on abdominal muscle exercises will give you very little success. You need to adapt a healthy diet, and a exercise program. This should absolutely include some sort of cardiovascular routine, as well as 2 or 3 days of weight training every week.
The fat around your mid section isn’t there because you have weak abs. You could do crunches every day until it hurts to laugh, and all your doing is making your ab muscles grow larger. You’re not burning away much fat at all.
Start doing fat burning cardiovascular exercises, and eat healthy foods, and you’ll burn that fat for good.
If you are wanting to just tighten up those abs and get a six pack, then it’s kind of the same thing, in that fat deposits are usually what makes our stomachs look smooth. Burning away that fat will pull that skin in to outline your ab muscles. In this case, you do need to do ab exercises to build that muscle.
50 crunches per night is not how you do this. You need to get a good, effective and nearly exhausting ab workout 3 or 4 days a week at the most.
Try this out:
- Wait until you haven’t eaten for a good 2 hours
- Lay down and start doing crunches (mentally focus on tightening your abs with every crunch)
- Keep count of how many you do
- Keep doing them until you cannot lift you shoulder blades off the floor any more (you may surprise yourself)
- Wait 3 to 5 minutes
- Do it again, strive to do the same number
- Again, 3 to 5 minutes
- Do it once more, striving for that first number again
Now once you get through these, you should write down you numbers for each of the 3 sets. Do this routine every other night. After the first week, try to add 10 or 15 to each set you do. Increase that number each week.
There are plenty of other ab exercises you can do, and others may be more effective for you, while some may not be. Either way, it doesn’t really matter what moves you do, just strive for this type of performance driven workout, and results will follow.