I did cable crunches every day for a week — here’s what happened to my abs

If there’s one exercise that will always get those six-pack muscles firing, it’s ab cable crunches. Essentially a kneeling, weighted crunch, this exercise is great at targeting the muscles in your midsection, especially the ‘six-pack’ muscles, also known as your rectus abdominis.

But what would happen if you did ab cable crunches every day for a week? As a personal trainer, I have a fair bit of core work in my weekly fitness routine already, comprising mostly of Pilates-based exercises, with some kettlebell and stability work thrown in, so I have a fairly strong midsection. That said it’s wise to mix up your ab workouts so that you don’t plateau with your training, especially if you are trying to change your physique and build muscle. For the purpose of this challenge, I went for three sets of 10 ab cable crunches every day. Read on to find out what happened. 

How to do ab cable crunches

an illo of a woman doing ab cable crunches

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Here’s how to do the exercise with perfect form: 

  • To do an ab cable crunch, you’ll need a cable machine with a rope attachment. Adjust the pulley so it’s as high as it will go.
  • Face the machine and hold one end of the rope attachment in each hand, palms facing inwards towards each other.
  • Kneel on the ground, a little further back from the machine, and hinge at the hips so your hips are slightly behind.
  • Now, make sure that the rope handles are on either side of the top of your head, and tuck your chin in.
  • Squeeze your abs and flex your core, driving your elbows down to your legs. Pause at the bottom, then slowly come back to the start position.

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