Ab exercises and neck strain do not typically go well together. Creating an ab workout that doesn’t make the neck pain worse is a challenge, but can be done. Try out the workout below and see how the neck feels. Remember to consult a doctor or physiotherapist prior to training with any sort of pain.
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Finding core exercises you can do that don’t involve a lot of stimulation from the neck can be difficult. Remember if you have an injury and any exercise is causing you pain, stop. Also please consult a doctor prior to taking on any form of physical activity when you think you have an injury. But if you have a sore neck from doing too many crunches and have a poor quality core then here we provide some excellent solutions to this problem.
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You need to find exercises that don’t create a lot of tension in the neck. This is very difficult as most core exercises require almost the entire body to be tense. It depends on the severity of the pain in your neck also. Here we have tried to provide exercises that don’t need a lot of tension in the neck to be performed with good technique.
Yes. Doing a lot of exercises that put the neck under a lot of pressure, especially if you’re not used to them, can cause you to strain the neck. Make sure you’re not performing too high a volume of exercises that seem to be causing too much strain in one particular area of the body.
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This resource was written by Sean Klein. Sean Richard Klein has thousands of hours of coaching experience and a BSc in Sports Science with Management from Loughborough University. He owns a gym in Bayonne France, CrossFit Essor, which runs group classes and a Personal training studio.