How to Do Oblique Crossover Crunch
The oblique crossover crunch should begin with good posture to avoid injury. Brace the spine by drawing your lower abdomen inward. Your core muscles should be activated to support your posture as you perform the exercise.
If any pain is experienced, immediately stop the oblique crossover crunch.
Beginning Crossover Crunch
Although it isn't needed, you should usually use a mat for this workout. Begin by inhaling deeply and concentrating on your abs.
Crossover Crunch Movement
1. Lay down on the mat, with your body in a straight line from the top of your head to the bottom of your spine, including your tailbone.
2. With your elbows out, place your hands behind your head.
3. Inhale as you cross your left leg over your right, your left ankle resting against your right knee.
4. Exhale and slowly elevate your upper body off the mat by contracting your abdominal muscles (similar to a basic crunch).
5. Squeeze your abs while you slowly twist your torso to the left, bringing your right elbow to your left knee until they contact.
6. As you carefully lower your upper body back to the mat, inhale.
Crossover Crunch Benefits
The cross crunch works the abdominal as well as the oblique muscles. This exercise tones the abdominal wall, strengthens the core, and sculpts the waist. Modified versions of the standard crunch should be included in your core workouts to challenge your muscles and get them to respond to exercise.