Will doing crunches 3 times a week regularly ruin my posture?

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    Will doing crunches 3 times a week regularly ruin my posture?

    Please tell if you've been doing cruches over 30 days or have experience.

    #2
    How many crunches?
    Is it the only fitness you do? Working antagonists is important, like abs AND back, bizeps AND triceps ...
    If you do a reasonable amount (let's say 150-200) of crunches a day/3 times a week and work your back at the same time you should be ok.
    If you do 1500/day and no back-work, that might be stupid, but I still do not see how that could affect your posture. I guess you could get back pain. But the abs bending your spine? The obliques (cross crunches!) even support the lumbar spine in a way. ("When you move your ribs in one direction and your pelvis in the opposite direction, the external obliques limit how much the lumbar spine twists. They also help control the pelvic tilt. By tilting the pelvis back (posteriorly), they can reverse an overly arched lower back." from a yogapage)
    There is a 10.000 crunches challenge on this page, with 500+ crunches/day in the last 2 weeks and I don't think that the beekepers would put it up there if it had not been tested. That said, we are all different and when it starts to hurt you better stop.

    I think the main reason for bad posture nowadays, is slumping behind a monitor/TV and doing hardly anything else.

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      #3
      What Andi64 said

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        #4
        FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:

        I used to do 900 crunches a night 1 rep was center>left>right. With this being said I was a lot younger it wasn't my only workout of the day and I had a lot of free time.

        My answer to your question simply no.

        I would however suggestion would be to do core exercises instead of just crunches.

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          #5
          I have used the Posture Perfect workout to balance my ab work in the past. This might address your concerns:

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            #6
            Thank You for your responses everyone.

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