When it comes to abdominal exercise routines, there is one exercise that could be considered the forefather, so to speak, of so many others. That exercise is the Basic Crunch. People have used this routine for many years in order to flatten tummy regions, promote strength, and so on. The Basic Crunch is something many people probably know how to do, but reminding oneself of the key aspects of this routine is always a good idea.
The Basic Crunch begins with the individual’s back and feet flat on the ground. With knees bent, the individual places his or her hands behind the head, though one should be careful not to grab the back of the head, as this can lead to pulling on the head and straining the neck. From this position, the individual flattens the small of his or her back flat against the floor and lifts the upper body at the shoulders. In the process, the participant should be deliberately contracting the abdominal muscles. After lifting the shoulder blades one to two inches off the floor, the individual returns his or her body to the original position and repeats the Basic Crunch many times over. It is said that doing so should help him or her to flatten tummy muscles in a relatively significant manner.