Twisting Crunches

Exercise
twisting crunches

How to perform the exercise

1. Begin your first rep by lying flat on your back on the floor or exercise mat.

 

2. Bring your hands to your temples with palms out, and elbows out from the body.

 

3. Place your right ankle on your left knee, and raise your head, shoulders and back off the mat and bring your chest toward your right knee.

 

4. Twist your torso to the right as your chest approaches your right knee, holding this position for 15-30 seconds and keeping your abdomen tight.

 

5. Lower your upper body slowly to the original position. This completes the rep.

 

Remember:
  • Crunches are not full sit-ups
  • Form is important

Crunches have been proven to be one of the most effective exercises to target the abs and obliques. The being said, adding crunches to your ab workout is a must. However, if you’re not using the proper form when doing crunches, you won’t see the results you expect.

CAUTION: If you’re a beginner, or not in optimal shape for exercise, start slowly! Consult a physician before starting a new exercise regimen.

Exercise Tips

  • Never jerk up on your neck and head when doing crunches.
  • Keep your chin pointed upward.
  •  Squeeze your abs when lifting off the floor, and on the way down.
  • Start slow, you will build endurance over time.

Variations

  1. The bicycle crunch, is a variation of the standard crunch and is also very effective for targeting abdominal muscles.
  2. Another popular variation of the crunch is the reverse crunch because it works all of the major muscles in the abdomen.