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Melt away those curvy sides and get a flat belly with crossover crunches

Published on:9 June 2021, 11:34am IST
If you’re worried about your waistline, then make sure to include crossover crunches to your fitness routine.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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It’s time to befriend crossover crunches, and go from flab to fab! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Crunches feature at the top of every list, when it comes to toning your belly.  There are multiple variations that are available, but if there’s one that works on both your abs and obliques at the same time — it has to be crossover crunches.

Yes, we know you’re a little cynical about doing these crunches (cause backache), but these are not going to give you any of those problems. In fact, these crossover crunches might help you deal with them. This move includes resting one leg on the other, which means your spine gets extra support. Due to this, you don’t experience back pain or strain on the neck.

Also, this move includes doing a crisscross with your elbow and knee – and that gives your core more extension and contraction. That’s why it’s the best exercise for those who are trying to get rid of their love handles.

So come, let’s learn the move.

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Crossover crunches are the ultimate solution to get rid of love handles. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Here’s how you can ace crossover crunches

1. You need your yoga mat to do crossover crunches. Lie flat on the mat, with your body positioned in a straight line.

2. Now place your hands behind your head, and ensure that your elbows are out and not pointing towards the roof.

3. Next, inhale as you cross your left leg over your right, resting your left ankle and your right knee.

4. Now, slowly exhale while lifting up and contract your abdominal muscles (similar to a basic crunch).

5. Slowly twist your torso to your left, as you squeeze your abs, bringing your right elbow to your left knee, until they touch.

6. Now inhale as you slowly lower your upper body back down to the mat.

Now repeat.

Once you’re done with the reps with one leg (left/right), switch legs and repeat the reps. The good part about crossover crunches is that anyone can do it. But you need to be aware of the numbers too, based on your fitness levels!

Beginners can do 15 reps with each leg, and four sets. If you’re at an intermediate level, do 25 reps with each leg and 4 sets. Lastly, all the pros can do 30 reps with each leg and four sets.

Here are some tips that will come in handy when you attempt crossover crunches
  • While lifting your upper body, look at the roof instead of focusing on your knee.
  • Hold the lift for at least two seconds, and then come down slowly. This also means that you don’t have to rush, while doing crossover crunches.
  • Try to touch your elbow to your knee. This will give you maximum contraction.
  • Lock your fingers and put them under your neck and not your head. This will support your neck as well.
  • Don’t forget to breathe, as it will help you burn more calories.
  • Also, don’t go overboard, as it might lead to cramps.
  • Lastly, warm-up is a must before you get going with this crunch variation.

So ladies, are you ready for this transformational exercise?

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.