Crunch with Twist Video

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Crunch with Twist Description

Step 1. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Your hands may be crossed across your chest or behind your head.

Step 2. Use your abdominal muscles to twist your right shoulder towards your opposite knee in a forward curling motion, while simultaneously lifting your shoulder blades off the floor.

Step 3. Then, return to the starting position. Repeat the movement to the opposite side.


The crunch with twist is a combination abdominal exercise that works the upper abs and obliques. It is a more basic movement compared to ab bicycles and should be performed by users who are unable to perform that exercise. This exercise allows the user to work his upper abs as he brings his elbow to the opposite knee. Because the user is crunching to the opposite knee, the obliques are also worked. The user should perform all of the reps for one side before changing position and performing the reps for the other side.

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