Vertical Leg Crunch is an alternate version of the Basic Crunch. This version of crunch will ensure your lower back is always press against the floor whereas in basic crunch, some people have the tendency to raise the lower back.
Vertical leg crunch works the rectus abdominis. Just like Basic Crunch, it helps you getting a flat, toned stomach, provided you have a healthy diet and regular cardiovascular exercise.
- Lie on your back on an exercise mat or carpeted surface. Extend both legs straight up in the air so that they are perpendicular to the floor. Place your fingertips lightly behind your ears.
- Slowly raise your head, shoulders, and upper back off the floor. About 3 to 5 inches is good enough. Do not pull your neck up with your hands. Keep your chin off your chest.
- Once you are up there, hold for a moment, then return to the starting position.
- Keep your legs up in fixed position throughout the workout. You can have slight bend in the knee and cross your feet at the ankles.
- You can also perform this exercise with your lower legs resting on a chair. This might be easier for novices.
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