Weighted Crunch

The weighted crunch is a progression to the traditional crunch that strengthens the entire core region. This exercise also builds strength and stability in the lower back.


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    Lie down on your back and place your feet under a bench for support. Hold a dumbbell on your chest. 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

  • Do not use too much weight. Do not let the load you choose compromise good form.
  • Do not rush. Rushing through the reps takes tension off the target muscles.