The bicycle crunch has been a staple in the fitness community for many years. This exercise requires not only core strength but also full-body synchronization and timing between upper and lower body.
- Keep your chin out of your chest and keep your elbows back.
- Do not pull on your neck with your hands, keeping your gaze over your knees and not toward your stomach.
Master This: Bicycle Crunch
- Lying flat on your back, bring your hands behind your head with both legs starting straight out slightly off the ground.
- Lift one leg up, driving your knee toward your chest as you bring in your opposite-side elbow toward that knee, lifting your upper back off the ground.
- Move reciprocally with your opposite knee to elbow, keeping your upper back off the ground for a desired amount of time or repetitions.
Make it easier: Keep your knees bent and tap your toes to the ground instead of extending your legs.
Make it harder: Place a mini-band around your midfoot, stretching out the band as you bicycle.