The reverse crunch is the opposite of a conventional crunches. It is pretty simple and quite effective on those stubborn lower abdominal muscles.
Quite often, many people tend to focus on abdominal exercises that work the upper ab muscles but do nothing for the lower ones. This workout can help stop that.
Make sure to contract and use your abdominal strength when you are pulling your legs in.
You might also notice that I raised my head and shoulders up during this exercise. Well, you can do that too, for an extra challenge! :D
Do not arch your back during this exercise as it might injure or strain your back.
Since this workout can take a toll on your back, you must take the necessary precaution to cushion your spine from the stress.
When you pull in your legs, do not hold your breath. Simply breathe normally and continue doing the remaining repetitions of the exercise.
You can place weights on your ankles to up the difficulty level of this exercise. Be sure to be gradual when you use weights.
You can prop your upper body on your elbows instead of lying flat on the mat to make this workout tougher.
When you pull your legs in towards your stomach, hold the position for 10 seconds before returning to the starting position.
As I mentioned in the introduction of this page, many times, the lower abdominals tend to get neglected. Please do not take this exercise lightly. Give it a chance, you won't regret it I'm sure.
Persevere and stick to your goals!
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