Awesome Abs: The Long-arm Crunch

The long arm crunch is one of the most effective ab exercises; changing the traditional floor crunch by straightening the arms behind you. The long-arm crunch adds a longer lever to the move that adds a bit more challenge and difficulty.

Targeted Muscles: rectus abdominis, external obliques and internal obliques.

Step 1:

Lie face-up, knees bent, feet on ground. Interlace fingers, extend arms above your head and pull abs in.

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Step 2:

Lift arms, head and shoulder blades off the ground at the same time, exhaling in 2 counts. Slowly lower in 2 counts and repeat.

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Reps: 12 2 counts

Trainer’s Tip: Keep arms aligned with ears, shoulders relaxed, as you lift and lower.