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    What am I doing wrong: abs edition

    I've had this problem for years: whenever I do sit-ups or crunches I get the worse pain in my neck and head. It starts right where my skull meets my spine and goes all the way to the top of my head. It almost feels like a tension headache. I'm very careful not to pull on my neck during these exercises - usually I cross my arms over my chest - but it still hurts every time.

    Anyone have any ideas as to what's going on? Or how I can adjust my form to get rid of the pain?

    Thanks y'all!

    #2
    I experienced some neck pain, too. Also does my wife.
    I think it is caused by weak neck/throat muscles.

    Maybe some gentle head curls (lifting the head in lay down position, front and back) can help.

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      #3
      I have a similiar problem (only the neck hurts), but unfortunately no solution. Sometimes it helps a bit when I try to relax the neck more, but it doesn’t make it go away completely.

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        #4
        I also sometimes get neck pain when doing crunches. It seems to be due to weak muscles in the front of the neck (at least for me). A good exercise for that is to lie down and lift the head a little bit, keeping the neck straight, and hold it. At first for 10 seconds and then increase as needed. There was a time one needed to aim for, but I don't remember. Perhaps 1 minute? You will notice your neck shake a lot, it is kind of fun.

        Otherwise, putting the hands behind the neck/skull help in supporting them while doing crunches. Just make sure you are not pushing them forward, just a gentle support.

        Another option, to complete avoid the issue, is to do reverse crunches with the neck resting on the ground (cheating? nah )

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          #5
          Originally posted by eyedoono View Post
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          Otherwise, putting the hands behind the neck/skull help in supporting them while doing crunches. Just make sure you are not pushing them forward, just a gentle support.
          That's how I do sometimes, and it helps!

          Another option, to complete avoid the issue, is to do reverse crunches with the neck resting on the ground (cheating? nah )
          Related with the abs, basically both work the same groups, so all friendly modifications are welcome.

          Sometimes it could be a handicap: It doesn't press over the neck and shoulder, but it makes work the lower back.

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            #6
            Hmmmm. I'll try incorporating some of the neck lifts and the rehab workout for the neck into my workouts over the next month or so. I'll let you know if it helps.

            Thanks, everyone!

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              #7
              What you're doing wrong is your positioning and technique. You are probably relying on your shoulders and your back and especially your neck muscles to pull yourself up. Try to slow down, have better form with sit-ups, be less explosive, and let your core do the work. You're relying on shoulders and neck to do the work right now.

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