What about abs?

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On July 16, 2010, in Blog, by Russell Butler

What about abs?? I have been doing CrossFit for about 3 and a half years, and coaching it around 2 years. One thing I always hear, and used to think to myself…”What about abs?” Well, let’s discuss why you never see ab crunches involved in a CrossFit workout.

First and foremost, a crunch is not a functional movement! CrossFit’s definition… Constantly varied FUNCTIONAL movements performed at high intensity. So if you were lying on the ground, would you do a crunch to sit up and get yourself off the ground? NO! You would SIT UP. CrossFit is based on these these movements. Things you do in everyday life, sit up, push up, squat, pull up, deadlift(picking up a sack of groceries). Do 10 reps of each of those movements X10 for time, and you have a CrossFit workout.

The other reason you dont see crunches in a WOD(workout of the day) is every movement in CrossFit is a core to extremity movement. Meaning, your abs should be the source of all the power in every movement! The biggest example would probably be the overhead squat. Imagine holding 200 pounds above your head and performing a squat! Tell me what muscle group you think is doing almost every bit of the work to keep that weight above your head. CORE! ABS!

Whatever you want to call them, they are the main muscle group in just about every activity we do in life. So CrossFit trains these muscles accordingly. If you doubt me, do the workout named “Nancy.” Four rounds for time of: 400 meter run and 15 oh squats performed with 95lbs and tell me how those abs feel :)

Core baby! Get some!

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