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Exercise of the Week – Floor Criss Cross

Target Muscles: Core (Obliques & Abdominals).

Floor Criss-Cross 01 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Start by laying on your back, with your arms bent and your hands either side of your head. Your knees should bent and your feet resting on the ball. Using your knees and hamstrings bring the ball close to your buttocks to stabilise your pelvis position, as shown.

Floor Criss-Cross 02 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Then keeping the ball static, bring one shoulder and one elbow towards your opposite knee, pressing the other elbow into the floor. Relax and return to the start position before alternating sides for the required number of repetitions.

Repetitions: 8-12

Sets: 2-4

This is an interesting targeted variation of a sit-up. The use of the ball and the requirement to balance and stabilise your legs during the exercise, increases the engagement and utilisation of the targeted muscles.