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Cross-Body Crunch

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Type: Strength
Main Muscle Worked: Abdominals
Equipment: Body Only
Mechanics Type: Compound
Level: Beginner
Sport: No
Force: Pull
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Cross-Body Crunch Guide

Main Muscle: Abdominals

  1. Lie flat on your back and bend your knees about 60 degrees.
  2. Keep your feet flat on the floor and place your hands loosely behind your head. This will be your starting position.
  3. Now curl up and bring your right elbow and shoulder across your body while bring your left knee in toward your left shoulder at the same time. Reach with your elbow and try to touch your knee. Exhale as you perform this movement. Tip: Try to bring your shoulder up towards your knee rather than just your elbow and remember that the key is to contract the abs as you perform the movement; not just to move the elbow.
  4. Now go back down to the starting position as you inhale and repeat with the left elbow and the right knee.
  5. Continue alternating in this manner until all prescribed repetitions are done.

Variation: You can also do all of your repetitions for one side and then switch to the other side.



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10/10

Jan 18, 2014 11:45 AM: Beats the crunches any day!



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Aug 11, 2013 2:29 PM: love it , you can feel the burn



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Feb 28, 2013 4:13 PM: These are great in the beginning, but soon it will take quite a long time to actually obtain a burn. I recommend adding a weight vest since just adding a weight would be cumbersome, and difficult to balance since your hands are behind your head.



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7/10

Feb 27, 2013 8:05 AM: I'm trying to do crunches but my tailbone grinds into the ground and there is excessive strain on my neck. Any tips?



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Tip: Cross-Body Crunch

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Feb 18, 2013 2:16 PM: Awesome. Combining this one with side bridge is my favorite one for abs



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Jan 28, 2013 11:58 AM: Great ab workout, makes my abs burn.



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Nov 4, 2012 12:58 PM: Really good; better than regular crunches.



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Nov 4, 2012 12:57 PM: Really good. Better than regular crunches.



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Sep 27, 2012 12:00 PM: good



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May 18, 2012 3:35 PM: I feel the burn on this one better than most. Excellent!



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