I know, I know.

I’m not the biggest fan of crunches.  They aren’t the most effective form of abdominal work.  Bring on the planks, V-Ups, Russian Twists, and so on… but crunches?  Eh, I have to be in the right mood.

Phase II of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp Program incorporated a version of the basic crunch into the Core circuit work.  I’m not going to lie, when I first saw the word “crunches” there it didn’t really get me going, but… then I did them.  And it burned.  And now I likey.

Move of the Week:  Double Crunches

Step 1

Lay on your back with your knees bent as if doing the classic crunch.  Cross your feet at the ankles or keep them shoulder width apart, whichever way is more comfortable for you.  Also make sure to support your neck by placing your fingers behind your head with your elbows open to the sides.

Doesn’t it look like I’m more ready for sleep here than a core workout?  Eyes closed after teaching Spin class!

Step 2

Exhale as you simultaneously curl your legs toward your chest and lift your shoulders slightly off the floor.  Again, just like a regular crunch but you are bringing your knees in at the same time.  Keep your abdominal muscles engaged, and make sure you don’t hold your breath here!  Keep the crunch movement slow and controlled.

Step 3
 Bring your legs and shoulders back down.  Do at least 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps, and try to incorporate among other challenging ab exercises.
To make these harder, incorporate among other challenging ab exercises and try to complete a little circuit of 2-3 straight sets of 15-25 reps each.  You’ll feel it, I promise!
Crunches — love em or hate em?  What’s your favorite twist on the classic crunch?