How To Do The Reverse Crunch - Strengthening Abs Exercise



The reverse crunch has as many variations as there are people who try this exercise. The procedure cited here is similar to the procedure that was used in the San Diego State University study.

Benefits

  • Helps to stabilize and support our back
  • Improves our physical appearance

Pros

  • Workout is easy to learn and do
  • No need for special equipment
  • Works primarily your abdominal muscles

Cons

Rotational movement is very small relative to the alternative abdominal exercises. This is the main reason why it is ranked fifth in overall effectiveness.

Tips

You should make sure that you use your abdominal muscles to rotate your hip upwards and not your arms.

How To Procedure

  1. Lie flat on a Pilates Mat or Exercise Mat with your lower back pressed to the mat
  2. You can either put your hands behind your head or extend them out flat on your sides
  3. While crossing your ankles, lift your feet off the ground so that your knees create a 90-degree angle as shown
  4. Contract your abdominal muscles to rotate your hip upward. Rotational movement will be very small.
  5. Your legs will reach toward the ceiling with each contraction
  6. Exhale as you contract your abdominal muscles, and inhale as you return to the starting position

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