How to: Cross-Body Crunch
Primary Muscles Used:Abs, Rectus Abdominis
Exercise Families:Trunk Flexion
- Start by lying flat on your back on a yoga mat. Bend your knees and position your feet firmly on the mat, ensuring that they are hip-width apart and your spine is in a neutral position. Release and turn out your left leg so that your ankle is resting on your right leg, just above your knee. Place your hands behind your earlobes and slowly lift your head and shoulder blades off the floor. Engage your abdominal muscles by drawing your belly button in towards your spine. Twist your torso to the right so that your right elbow touches the floor immediately beside you. This is your starting position.
- Inhale. Exhale. Using your abdominals, bring your right elbow across your body and towards your left knee, ensuring that your lower body remains as still as possible.
- Inhale. Slowly release your torso and return to the starting position. Complete half of the specified number of repetitions on the same side, before completing the remaining repetitions on the other side.
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