Crunch (Machine Upright)

Target Muscles: Rectus abdominis (mainly the upper part) Starting Position: 1. Adjust the machine to your optimal height requirements. 2. Sit on the machine with your feet firmly on the floor. 3. Place your hands on the handles beside your head 4. Press your lower back to the pad in the back of the seat. The Movement: 1. Use your abdominal strength to pull your upper body down towards your knees. 2. Hold in this contracted position for a count of two. 3. Let your body uncurl slowly back to the starting position. Tips: • Focus on moving your ribs towards your hips. • Do not pull your head with your hands ­ keep your elbows out and  relaxed. • Exhale as you contract your abdominals.
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