In an old post I have mentioned that crunches are bad for your spine and may lead to spine damage. After further reading and review of studies supporting this statement I have thrown this conclusion out the window. The studies used to support this claim of crunches being bad for you were done using isolated animal spines. Meaning the spines where removed from the animals bodies and manipulated by hand. Meaning that the findings in these studies I believe have little implication on the human spine in regards to crunching. I do believe that in some cases especially in populations having prior back injuries crunching can be detrimental, but for normal population crunches are a perfectly fine way to exercise the abdominals, but always remember there is always a proper way and



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