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Crossed-arms Crunch

The crossed-arms crunch is a basic body-weight exercise that strengthens the core and hips. Crossing the arms helps to prevent pulling the neck forward.

Instructions

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    Lie flat on your back and cross your arms across your chest. Bend your knees and firmly plant your feet on the floor. This is your starting position.
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    Brace your core and lift your shoulders and upper back off of the floor. Hold at the top for a second and then retract back down to starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Don't come up too high. Raise your torso just enough to get your shoulder blades off the floor.
  • Make sure to lower your torso to the floor at the end of each rep.