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Crunch, Arms Overhead

Type: Abs
An even more challenging version of the standard crunch. Placing the arms out above the head increases the intensity on the abdominal muscles.
Level :  Equipment : No
Abdominals
Obliques

Crunch, Arms Overhead Steps:

Step 1:
Lie on your back on a gym mat with knees bent & feet firmly placed on the floor.

Step 2:
Tighten the ab muscles and draw them in towards the spine. Maintain this throughout the exercise movement.

Step 3:
Raise the arms straight out directly above the head.

Step 4:
Tense the abdominals to lift and curl the shoulders & chest towards the knees.

Step 5:
Make sure the lower back stays in contact with the mat and the arms stay above the head.

Step 6:
Lower yourself back down to the beginning.

Top Tip:

To get the most out of this exercise, keep your lower back on the floor and move your shoulders and head towards the ceiling. This should be a very small movement which should only occur in the abdominals and not the hips.
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