Does a Crunch Target the Transverse Abdominis?

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Crunches target many different parts of your body with great effect. Find out if a crunch targets the transfers abdominis with help from a fitness minister and certified peak performance coach in this free video clip.

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Hey there, my name is Jay Jones, celebrity peak performance coach and fitness minister and today I want to answer your question do crunches target the transverse abdominis. Do crunches target the transverse abdominis? The answer is yes. Let me show you how. When you crunch, you engage your lower body of course. So what we do is we blow the air out and that allows our core to engage. The transverse abdominis if you had X-ray vision you can see through and underneath these external abdominals. They are the internal muscles that contract from the inside. The best way to engage the transverse abdominis is of course through holding your breath and contracting your core which is not a good idea during exercise but the core crunches absolutely do hit the transverse abdominis as well as the obliques and some slightly, the lower back. I would prefer you do more functionally fit exercises like mountain climbers or staggering your foot position on different standing exercises to engage that transverse abdominis but the crunches absolutely do it as well. My name is Jay Jones, celebrity peak performance coach and fitness minister and the answer to your question, do crunches target the transverse abdominis is yes.

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