Reverse Crunch - When Doing The Opposite Can Be Just As Good

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.

How To Perform This Workout?

  • Lie on a mat with your hands by the side.

reverse crunch starting position

  • Lift your legs off the ground and pull them in towards your stomach.

reverse crunch end position

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

  • Slowly straighten your legs and return to the starting position.

  • Repeat this exercise 15 times.

Little Pointers You Should Keep In Mind

  • Keep your back straight.

Do not arch your back during this exercise as it might injure or strain your back.

  • Perform this workout on an exercise mat.

Since this workout can take a toll on your back, you must take the necessary precaution to cushion your spine from the stress.

  • Do not hold your breath.

When you pull in your legs, do not hold your breath. Simply breathe normally and continue doing the remaining repetitions of the exercise.

Suggestions On Making The Exercise Harder

  • Place weights on your ankles.

You can place weights on your ankles to up the difficulty level of this exercise. Be sure to be gradual when you use weights.

  • Prop yourself on your elbows.

You can prop your upper body on your elbows instead of lying flat on the mat to make this workout tougher.

  • Hold the position for a longer period of time.

When you pull your legs in towards your stomach, hold the position for 10 seconds before returning to the starting position.

Final Words From Azri

The opposite of good is bad, but the opposite of ab crunches is another great workout you can try to work that core!

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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