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How to do Ab Crunches (or Ab Curls) Correctly

Don't you just love ab curls? 
Said no one, ever.
Well, as a Pilates instructor for almost 20 years I've taught and done a lot of them throughout the years.
And there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to ab curl technique.
The right way can strengthen your abs (and your core), improve digestion, improve posture, and work the relationship between the pelvis and torso.
The wrong way can put you at risk for low back or neck injury, worsen neck and shoulder posture, and doesn't strengthen your core!
As the Pilates great Eve Gentry is quoted as saying, "There is no bad movement, just movement badly done."
This statement has always guided my approach to teaching Pilates and movement, and I think ab curls perfectly embody this principle.
So before you do another ab curl or crunch, check out this video tutorial that explains how to do them correctly so you get all the benefits and none of the pitfalls.
If you're not sure if you should be doing ab curls at all then check out podcast episode 14, which explains who should and shouldn't be doing ab curls (as they aren't appropriate for everyone)!

If you're looking for a core tune-up check out my Love Your Core video series - click here for Free access!

What do you think about bad movement versus movement badly done? Any exercises out there that you labeled as "bad" and you might be rethinking that assessment? Let me know in the comments below!

Much love friend!


About your host, Ky

Hi, I'm Ky Russell! I'm committed to democratizing and sharing my knowledge of fitness and wellness accumulated over decades of study and teaching Pilates and mindful movement, stress management, and wellness. In addition to having a Master's degree in Kinesiology and teaching wellness as faculty at San Jose State University, I'm a busy working mom so all of my solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly integrate into your full life. I want you to move and love your body so you can live the life of your dreams!

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