Twisting Crunch (arms crossed)

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Twisting Crunch (arms crossed)

Instructions

Preparation

Lie supine on mat with lower legs on bench. Cross arms on chest.

Execution

Flex and twist waist to raise upper torso from mat to one side. Return until back of shoulders contact mat. Repeat to opposite side alternating twists.

Comments

Leg elevation keeps pelvis tilted back keeping low back on mat. See Spot Reduction Myth.

Easier

Movement can be made easier by placing arms further down away from head or extended up above knees. Deconditioned individuals can start on slightly declined board.

Harder

Exercise can be made more challenging by placing hands further up toward head. See Arm Position During Waist Exercises. Exercise can also be performed on incline board or with additional weight.

Classification

 Utility: Auxiliary
 Mechanics: Isolated
 Force: Pull

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