It’s Crunch Time

by Meg on November 28, 2012


I used to do 100's of them every single night before bed. 

Used to is the key phrase there…

My training has changed a lot over the years. Thank goodness. 

When I first started "working out" I did an hour of core work and called it a day. Slowly, I became more and more interested in weight lifting, so I started picking up some dumbbells and included upper body workouts into my routine. 

loved shoulder day, but I hated training legs. So, I only trained my arms and neglected my legs. 

Luckily this style of training only lasted about 8 months thanks to finding a true passion and love for weight lifting. 

I began reading more and more… learning more and more… and training smarter – training my entire body (not just my favourite parts ;))

Thinking back to the days when I did 100's of crunches before bed kind of makes me giggle now since I hadn't done any exercises specifically for my core up until yesterday for over a week! 

Lately, core exercises are the last thing I want to do, so I haven't done them. I justify my choice by telling myself that my trainer rarely ever trains his core ;)

I think I'll be fine if I miss a week or two of doing crunches ;) 

However, yesterday I got back into it and did my all time favourite core exercise once I finished my chest and triceps workout. 

Cable crunches! 

There's something about cable crunches that I just love. I can really feel myself flexing when I crunch in and I also love that you can add some resistance, too!

One thing that I've changed about my cable crunches since training with my personal trainer is the position in which I face the cable machine and it has made a world of a difference, which is why I want to share this tip with you today! :) 

It might not be new to some of you, but it was new to me! So, here's my Wednesday Workout Tip of the Day ;) 

I used to face the cable machine when performing cable crunches just like Jamie Eason shown in the picture below.

However, my trainer taught me a new and better way (in my opinion) to do them. Turn around! Perform the crunch with your butt facing the cable machine (the metal pole in the picture above)

I find I get a much better crunch this way as the resistance is in a better position and there is not so much tension being put on your back. 

I highly encourage you to try this new way of cable crunching during your next workout and tell me when you think and prefer! :) I'm very excited to hear!

How do you perform cable crunches?

What is your favourite core exercise?

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Have a great Wednesday!

Meg xo

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Meg November 28, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Definitely a silly old habit I had as well in high school, ha! I train my core once or twice a week and I love cable crunches! I also adore planks :)

Love to you, chica!


Michelle @ Eat Move Balance November 28, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I'm a big fan of the "russian twist" for working my core.  Paired with planks in between the sets, you can definitely feel it!  :)


Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots November 28, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I used to be a crunch whore, but now I hardly ever do them. I have learned that if you engage your abs in the exercises you are doing it is just the same as dong crunches!


TorontoRunner November 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

ahhh I ALWAYS slack on core/ab exercises. :( 

Thanks for the motivation, time to get going on this!


Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I love working my core!!  I love to do weighted 1 leg vups and planks! 


Meghan@TheMeghamix November 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM

My fave core exercise is the plank!  I used to be constantly looking for new core exercises and pulling out all those routines from magazines to "mix it up" every month or so.  I would spend 15 minutes several times a week on core.

Now I do a 5 minute round of planks 3x a week and my abs look better than ever!  Okay, well I bet eating clean and CrossFitting are helping a ton, too.  But planks are so awesome because you can do them absolutely anywhere!


Luvena November 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

AWESOME! I am going to try cable crucnches like that next time they come up in a workout. I have tried them a few times but gave up because I just couldnt seem to get a good posititioning and yes they did bother my back.  Thanks for sharing Meg!!! :)


Lisa November 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I used to do the exact same! Crunches every single night. I had to do 300 or couldn't go to sleep. Wow has a lot changed. I don't think I've done a crunch in forever. My abs have never looked better and the most I do are planks. I think weights and using my core in general in everyday life has changed that for the best. Cable crunches look kind of fun;) Have a great day my love!


Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I've seen people do this move at the gym and I was always so confused!! Haha now I know what they were doing! 


Linz @ Itz Linz November 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM

cable crunches are SO hard!!! i really like plank work because there are so many variations for core and total body!!


Sarah November 29, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Isn't it funny to think back about what we did when we first started working out?! haha I know I had NO IDEA what I was doing! It truly makes me laugh too! Thanks for sharing this tip!! Have a great day! :)


Dawn November 29, 2012 at 8:50 AM

cable crunches have always been an awkward exersice to me…my body does not feel right when I am doing it but I always face towards the weights so maybe I will try your trainers way and see how it feels. My trainer told me that most weightlifters don't train abs or only a little bit. When he told me that I said I might fall in love with him…lol. 


bravehannah November 29, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I'm with you I use to train my abs WAY too much! haha. Silly us.

Anyway, for some reason I have never tried cable crunches (?!) but after reading this I tried them both ways at the gym yesterday.  I love them and I also prefer facing away from the machine.  I will definitely be adding these in once in awhile:) 


Molly November 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Thanks for the tip! That is definitely a more efficient way of training your abs and performing crunches. I tried it today! :) BTW Is that your trainer? He is super super super fit! WOW! 


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