Twist Crunches abdominals

Start/Finish

Starting Position: Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and your hands beside your head. Let your legs fall as far as they can to your left side so your upper body is flat on the floor and your lower body is on its side.

Midpoint

Midpoint

Don't lock your hands behind your head.

The Exercise: Press your lower back down into the floor, while you roll your upper body slightly up until your shoulder blades clear the ground. Concentrate on the obliques (the muscles on the sides of your waist), and contract and hold the crunch for a count of one. The key to making this exercise ultra-effective is to hold that contraction. (Most people don't do this—they simply lift up and then lower back down.)

After you've held that contraction, slowly lower to the starting position, count one, then perform your next rep. After you complete the planned number of reps on the right side, switch to your left and follow the same instructions.

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