Reverse Crunch

It’s ab burning time for this weeks Home Exercise of the Week!  The Reverse Crunch is a great exercise to add in to your ab routine and it’s not a complicated move so it’s easier to get the hang of.  Now just because it’s an easier move doesn’t mean that it will be easier on your abs.  You will feel this one!

The Reverse Crunch focuses on your rectus abdominus and you will feel this in your lower abdominals.  The move is subtle but very effective.

Let’s look at the key points to doing the Reverse Crunch properly.

  • lay face up on a mat keeping your head down and arms resting at your sides throughout the crunch
  • raise your feet up and bend your knees to a 90 degree angle – this is the starting position
  • contract your abs to slowly bring your knees towards your chest and raise your hips off the floor
  • hold the contraction for a second or two then lower your hips to the starting postition
  • keep a slow pace and use your abs to lift your hips instead of swinging your legs and causing momentum which will take the focus away from the abs you are trying to work

So there you have the Reverse Crunch.  Perform 1 to 3 sets of 15 to 20 repetitions in your ab routine or add a set of 15 to 20 repetitions to a superset of compound exercises to save time!

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