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Arm-Reaching Crunch

Arm-Reaching Crunch

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Muscle Groups
  • Abs and Core
  • Abdominal strength


The arm-reaching crunch is a basic and effective abdominal exercise. Beginner exercisers may perform this exercise as part of their warm-up or cool-down. The arm-reaching crunch builds abdominal strength that will be required for more advanced exercises. This is an effective alternative to the full sit-up because your range of motion is limited and the movement is slow and controlled. Try a few of these during commercial breaks.


  • Return slowly to the starting position.
  • Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor.
  • Place your palms on your thighs.
  • Slide your palms up as far as you can toward your knees, rolling your upper back off the floor.


  • Jutting the chin as you crunch up