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Contrary to popular belief, great abs are not created by doing hundreds of crunches a day, according to experts. So stop doing 100 sit-ups every night and start thinking about your form during those sit-ups.
Fitness professionals say when doing abdominal exercises, remember that your abs are just like every other muscle in your body. You wouldn't do 100 bicep curls or 100 tricep curls, right? If you don't feel fatigue after just a few reps, then you are not working the muscle correctly. To make strength gains with your abs, you have to follow the same principles that apply everywhere else.
So slow down on your ab exercises and concentrate on form instead of how many you've done. In this case, quality is definitely better than quantity. If you can do 50 or more crunches before you're fatigued, you should check with a fitness professional about correcting your form.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|