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Standing Cable Crunch and Lower Back Pain


When performing standing cable crunches I experience some lower back pain. It begins as soon as my lower back starts to round the slightest bit. I read Thib's description on the excercise and try to focus on keeping a straight lower back.

However, I do not achieve nearly the range of motion he seems to in his pictures. I am guessing that it is due to a need for more flexibility in my hamstrings. Could it also be due to a lack in lower back strength? I do posterior chain excercises with no problem though.

Also, I tried the excercise with very little weight (still experienced the same problems) in order to eliminate the possibility that I was using too much.


Hey, it's a great exercise. But before it came along plenty of people built strong abs. Do the other 47 movements that will work your abs just as well.