Leg Pull-In

The reverse crunch is a popular exercise targeting the abdominals, particularly the lower half. It’s easy to perform on either the floor or a flat bench. Many lifters think of this as a companion to the crunch, which targets the upper abdominals more than the lower.


  1. Suitable for beginners
  2. Great high-rep burnout move for abs
  3. Targets the lower abdominals

Leg Pull-In Images


Leg Pull-In Instructions

Leg Pull-In muscle diagram
  1. Lie on an exercise mat with your legs extended and your hands either palms facing down next to you or under your glutes. Tip: My preference is with the hands next to me. This will be your starting position.
  2. Bend your knees and pull your upper thighs into your midsection as you breathe out. Continue the motion until your knees are around chest level. Contract your abs as you execute this movement and hold for a second at the top. Tip: As you perform the motion, the lower legs (calves) should always remain parallel to the floor.
  3. Return to the starting position as you inhale.
  4. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Variations: You can hold a dumbbell between your feet to add resistance or you can also use an ankle attachment to add weight via a low pulley machine. Alternatively, you may also use exercise bands.