Cross Crunch Exercises

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Cross crunch exercises work your obliques and other muscles as you force opposing elbows and knees to meet in a crisscross-motion pattern. View different kinds of cross crunches in this free video on Pilates technique.

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Hi, I'm Amy Newman, fitness expert, creator of the Perfect 10 Workout, and I'm going to show you a variety of cross-crunch workouts that you can put into your Pilates routine, or just working out at home, you want to get that perfect six-pack. Let's roll on down to the mat, and we're going to put our hands behind our head, elbows nice and wide. What you want to do is, cross over, exhaling, inhale, come down, exhale, other side. Inhale, open up, exhale as you crunch, inhale, as you open, exhale, as you crunch, inhale, as you open, exhale, as you crunch. Doing about ten on each leg. Then, as you start to warm it up a little bit, then start to double. Exhale, exhale, down, inhale, other side, exhale, exhale, down, inhale, exhale, exhale, down, inhale, other side. Exhale, exhale, all the way and then, inhale, other side. And do about ten on each leg. Exhaling, as you crunch, inhaling, as you open. Then to make it a even a little more hard. We bring our knees together, crossing over both knees. Then the other side, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. Using those obliques, working the sides, as you lay on your back, exhale, crissing and crossing. And then, one knee, then the other in singles. Exhale, exhale, starting with your knees bent. And if you want to pick it up and make it even harder, stretch out your leg, crossing. Exhaling, one elbow on the floor, as the other one crosses over. You're balancing on your back, you're crossing, you're stretching and you're crunching those obliques. Exhaling into each move, knees in and down. I'm Amy Newman, thank you so much for joining me. And those are, how to do criss-cross crunches in your Pilates workout.

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