Fitspo Friday: Cycle Crunches
Mixing up your exercises keeps your body on it’s toes and helps make working out interesting.
If you’re getting bored with classic crunches and would like to start working more on those abs of steel then here’s a fun crunch version that will work your obliques and core effectively.
Common mistakes when doing any ab exercise is pulling on the neck or having the chin on your chest. Your head is the heaviest part of your body and should be resting in your hands, focus on keeping the weight firmly back into your hands and eyes forward or up.
The moment you drop your eyes the more likely it will be that your chin will go towards your chest and you’ll strain your neck. So keep your neck relaxed, focus on locking that core in and eyes forward not down.
To keep the right technique limit the number of reps you do – as soon as you feel you are getting tired you will notice more strain in your neck – stop immediately and do another exercise or take a break. Quality not quantity.
Starting Position: Lie flat on your back on the floor / mat in a bent-knee position with feet placed firmly on the floor and your hands behind your head. Engage your abs muscles to stabilise your spine. Place your shoulder blades back and down.
- Slowly lift both feet off the floor until your thighs are vertically to the floor (90-degree angle at the hips) and your knees are at a 90-degree bend. Toes pointing away from your body.
- Bring one knee up to meet the opposite elbow and rotate your torso and swop legs. Ensure you press your low back into the floor / mat
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