I am unable to add weight to these as it's two hard to hold three 10kg (22lb) plates, and I can't perform a crunch using 20kg (44lb) plates. So I'm stuck with two 10kg (22lb) plates, which I have to do 3 sets of like 30 reps. I want to try doing lower reps like say 3x10, but I can't up the weight. Anyone else had this problem and found a solution?
If you have access to dumbbells, use those. You can also hold the weight behind your head to make it a lot harder.
I use dumbbells for crunches as they are easier to hold onto. Hope that helps any.
Last edited by tom183; 01-03-2010 at 11:44 PM.
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Get a sit up bench, doing them on a decline should make it harder.
Use EZ-Curl bars (or the shorter straight bars) with the desired weight and hold it Zercher style while doing the crunch.
Thanks I will try dumbells
Try holding a plate behind your head. You'll find it much harder than holding the weight on your chest.
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yeah holding the plate behind the head is the best way imo, when youre holding it in front of you its kinda subjective you can raise or lower it to make it easier.
Im having a brain fart but why is it harder behind your head?
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yeah i did, dyslexia or something. I guess i was thinking of it like this, if youre trying to loosen a lug nut or something its easier when you have a longer handle you can use less force over a longer distance which i was translating to the crunches. But i translated it wrong, a lesser weight farther up the line can exert as much force as a heavier weight closer to the fulcrum (its the fulcrum right?)
Last edited by Skalami; 01-11-2010 at 12:06 PM.