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Exercise of the Week – Crunch Sit Ups

Target Muscles: Core (Full Abdominals – Lower and Upper).

Crunch Sit Up 01 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

From a laying position, raise your legs bending your knees to bring them either vertically above your hips or just beyond, as shown.

Crunch Sit Up 02 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Place your hands beside your ears, and begin lifting your head and shoulders off the floor whilst at the same time bringing your knees towards your elbows. Try to avoid pushing your head ¬†forward. Then return to the original position ensuring that your legs don’t go beyond a 90 degree sitting angle.

Repetitions: 8-12

Sets: 2-4

This is another targeted variation of a sit-up. The raised position of the legs during the exercise ensures that both upper and lower abdominals are fully engaged, which makes it a significant advancement on the standard crunch.