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Crunch

A Crunch exercise focuses on strengthening your core, notably your abs. It requires lying down and lifting your upper body off the floor, effectively toning your midsection.
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Crunch instructions
Step-by-step instructions
1
Lie flat on your back on a mat with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
2
Place your hands behind your head, elbows pointing outward.
3
Using your core, lift your upper body off the ground leading with your chest. Keep your lower back on the mat at all times.
4
Hold the position momentarily, then slowly lower your body back to the starting position.
5
Avoid pulling on your neck or leading with your elbows as this can strain your neck muscles. Repeat for the programmed number of reps.
Lie flat on your back on a mat with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
Place your hands behind your head, elbows pointing outward.
Using your core, lift your upper body off the ground leading with your chest. Keep your lower back on the mat at all times.
Hold the position momentarily, then slowly lower your body back to the starting position.
Avoid pulling on your neck or leading with your elbows as this can strain your neck muscles. Repeat for the programmed number of reps.
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