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How to Do the Butterfly Crunch

Work Your 6-Pack and Fight the Lower Belly Pooch With 1 Move

Don't let the sweet name fool you, this is a tough ab exercise. It works all four layers of the abdominal muscles, to create a flat belly and a sculpted abs. Lifting the feet toward the hands as you perform the double crunch ensures that the lower part of the abs engage to battle the pooch.

  • Lie on your back with your knees open and the soles of your feet together (in a butterfly position). Lengthen your arms overhead so they are resting on the floor.
  • Exhale and bring your hands and knees toward each other performing a full-body crunch. Your shoulder blades should be off the mat as you perform a small reverse crunch lifting your pelvis a bit off the mat. Hold this position for a moment and really feel your abs squeezing.
  • Slowly lower your arms and feet back to starting position to complete one rep. Focus on your low back staying in contact with the mat as you lower your feet.
  • Do 15 reps to complete a set. Do two to three sets.
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