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Crosssover Crunches

  1. Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground. For this exercise, you will need to put one hand beside your head and the other to the side against the floor.

  2. Bend your right leg and cross your left foot over your right knee.

  3. Raise your right shoulder and body and crunch across your body aiming to bring your right elbow towards your left knee, aiming for your elbow to touch your knee. 

  4. After your elbow touches your elbow, lower your body until you have returned to the starting position.

  5. Remember to breathe in during the eccentric (lowering) part of the exercise and to breathe out during the concentric (upward) part of the exercise.

  6. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions before switching legs and repeating the exercise raising your left shoulder towards your right knee. 


  • You cannot add resistance to this exercise so you can concentrate on perfect execution and slower speeds to increase intensity. 

Alternative Exercises for Crossover Crunches 

  • Oblique Crunches

  • Bicycling

  • Oblique Ball Crunches 

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