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Get Lifted: Reverse Dumbbell Crunch

Crunches are a standard ab exercise that many of us try to avoid. Some just dislike crunches immensely and some are bored by the endless repetition. To keep your abs strong and your mind engaged while you engage you abs, you need to mix it up and do variations like this Dumbbell Crunch. The hand weights provide an extra challenge, and this move will tone your shoulders as well as your low abs.

For instructions on how to do this exercise


  • Lie on your back with a set of dumbbells nearby. Bend your knees and place your heels a few inches from your bum. Place a dumbbell in each hand.
  • Straighten your arms overhead and lift your feet off the floor so your knees are over your belly button. This is the start position.
  • As you exhale, use your abs to lift your bum off the ground, squeezing your knees into your chest. Inhale back to the start position. Keep the dumbbells lifted the entire time.
  • Do a total of 20 to 25 crunches, take a break, and repeat the exercise but reverse the breathing inhaling on the reverse crunch and exhaling as you control your bum back to starting position.
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