Crunches

Focus: Abdominals

  1. Lie with your back on the floor. Bend your knees at a 90 degree angle while keeping your feet on the floor. Either cross your arms loosely across your chest or keep them beside you on the floor without pushing down.
  2. Using your butt muscles, lift your hips just slightly from the floor to contract the lower part of the abdomen.
  3. Exhale as you curl your upper body (shoulders and mid-back) up from the floor. Curl your shoulders forward in a slow, deliberate manner. Hold the top position for around two seconds.
  4. Slowly return to the starting position as you inhale. Let your hips come down toward the floor. Do not pause or rest once you get to the starting position, but immediately lift your hips, curl your upper body forward and resume the crunch part, by trying to lift your upper body from the floor.
  5. Repeat twenty times to complete a set.

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