Crunches are often performed in everyone’s workout. Whilst they are great at targeting your upper abdominals, they do not engage your lower abs. By incorporating the reverse crunch in your next workout, you will then be targeting your whole abdominal area. Performing reverse crunches are great because they are very simple and easy to perform, which means you are at a lower risk of causing yourself an injury. With crunches, we have noticed, many people are placing their hands behind their head and are actually pulling their head towards their knees. This is extremely dangerous for the neck and also the spine, and you could cause some serious damage. To avoid this, follow our simple steps to complete the correct technique when performing a reverse crunch.
This is an exercise, which is used to strengthen your abs and when performed correctly, will help to create that much desired abdominal definition. Again, this is an exercise, which can be performed at home easily without the need for equipment.
- Start by lying flat on the ground and facing the ceiling. Lift your feet and legs into a 90 degrees position so that your thighs are perpendicular to the ground.
- Take a deep breath and pull your knees in towards your chest. Tighten your abdominals as you roll your hips back off the floor.
- Hold this position for a moment before bringing your legs back to the starting position. Complete this is all in a slow and controlled manner and after a few sets you should begin to feel this in your abdominal muscles.
Whilst performing reverse crunches, you should complete slow and controlled reps. As your abdominals and obliques contract, you’ll begin to lift your bum off the ground, as you hold this position at the top its very important that you do not let go of the control and just slam to the ground. This can cause huge back problems, also to get full benefits from this exercise the control on the way up is just as important as the control on the way down. Throughout this exercise, your muscles are working at a high intensity for a long duration of time, which is why it is a great exercise if you are trying to build abdominal & core strength.
Interesting fact: This is the exercise you need to master for a flat stomach. It targets the entire abdominals, especially the lower abdominal region and it strengthens your core!