How To Do the Perfect Reverse Crunch

The crunch has a solid reputation. The crunch is one of the best ways to tighten or create those abs, but it’s also a great move for the back, butt and legs. However, standard crunches have shown to be painful for the neck in some people, and not as holistically effective for some parts of the stomach as other exercises.\r\n\r\nEnter the reverse crunch. The reverse crunch is one of the most effective ways to tighten your lower and middle abs, and it leaves the neck and head firmly against the ground. This move is subtle and small, so it’s easy to start off with and when done right, is highly powerful.\r\n\r\nThe most important part of the reverse crunch is to focus on not moving the legs and raising the hips. The move focuses on the rectus abdominis – specifically, the lower part of the abs is where you’ll feel it.\r\n\r\nThere are small ways to underperform the reverse crunch and not allow the move to reach its full potential. Below are the steps to mastering the perfect reverse crunch.\r\n

Mastering the Reverse Crunch

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1. Lie down and put hands to your side or behind the head.

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2. Draw in the your keens towards your chest until they are angled at 90 degrees. Feet should be together or crossed.

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3. Curl your hips off the floor by pulling in with your abs. Reach your legs towards the ceiling.

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4. Bring your legs back down and repeat the step: 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.

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5. Focus on using your abs to lift your hip area instead of bringing up your legs and making momentum.

\r\nTo find more great exercise routines to complement your workout routine, check out our previous posts on doing the perfect barbell squat and the perfect walking lunge. Schedule a consultation with one of our friendly and experienced Core Concepts personal trainers at your nearest Mountainside Fitness club location today to learn more.