How to Do a Reverse Crunch

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Blue in the face from crunches? Not seeing the results you want? In addition to a strong cardio program and basic crunches, challenge your abs with a reverse crunch and you'll start to get the results you're after--stronger, sleeker and more toned abdominal muscles.

Difficulty:
Easy

Instructions

    • 1

      Realize that reverse crunches work the lower portion of your abdominals, while regular crunches work the upper part.

    • 2

      Start by lying on your back with your legs perpendicular to the ground, knees very slightly bent and feet in the air, crossed at the ankles.

    • 3

      Keep your arms on the floor next to you or place them comfortably behind your head.

    • 4

      Rest your head on the floor, relax your shoulders and keep your back straight.

    • 5

      Slowly lift your hips 1 to 2 inches off the floor, which will raise your legs and feet a few inches higher. Avoid rolling your hips backward and thus bending your back.

    • 6

      Hold this position for just a moment. Squeeze your abdominal muscles and keep your head and shoulders flat against the floor.

    • 7

      Slowly lower your hips back to the floor.

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