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This Is What It's Like to Do 100 Crunches a Day For 1 Week

PopSugar logo PopSugar 2018-03-05 Jenny Sugar

We rarely ever do ab exercises in CrossFit. That's because many of the exercises we do like squats, burpees, box jumps, and pull-ups are compound movements that engage the core - we multitask! But since one of my new year's resolutions is to press into a handstand, I know I need to give my core a little extra attention. I decided to commit to a daily core 100-rep challenge to see what would happen.

a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Find out which five ab exercises she did. © POPSUGAR Photography / Jenny Sugar Find out which five ab exercises she did.

In addition to my weekday CrossFit workouts, I did the following ab workout once a day:

The Workout

20 scissor abs

20 diamond sit-ups

20 knees-to-chest hanging from a pull-up bar

20 double crunches with (a 30 lb) med ball

20 reverse crunches

How I Felt

This entire 100-rep ab workout took less than five minutes, so it was quick, but I always felt the burn by the end. Since it took mere minutes, it was an easy habit to incorporate during my day - much easier than doing 20 extra minutes of cardio was. I never felt stressed about making sure I could complete the workout. 

Final Thoughts

The appearance of my abs didn't change in the week, but what I did notice was an increase in my strength. By the fifth day, I was able to breeze right through this workout. The knees to chest was the hardest of the five moves and I used to struggle to do eight reps in a row. Now I'm able to do all 20 - hello progress!

As for my goal of pressing into handstand? I'm getting there. I definitely see how focusing on strengthening my core is helping. I'm hooked! I'm definitely going to stick with doing extra ab work at least three times a week since I see that it's actually working.

If you have a fitness goal in mind, you won't achieve it by just wishing for it - you've got to work on it a little bit each week. Decide on a goal, whether it's to PR your deadlift or a 5K, or to master pull-ups or hitting the gym three days a week. Whatever your goal, actively do something to make it happen!

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