Cross Body Twisting Crunch

Cross Body Twisting Crunch

The Cross Body Twisting Crunch is a dynamic core exercise that targets multiple muscle groups in the abdomen, obliques, and lower back. It combines the traditional crunch movement with a rotational component, making it a highly effective exercise for developing core strength, stability, and definition. During the Cross Body Twisting Crunch, you start by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. With hands gently touching the sides of your head, lift your shoulder blades off the ground while simultaneously twisting your torso to bring your right elbow across your body towards your left knee. Lower yourself back down and repeat the movement on the opposite side, bringing your left elbow across your body towards your right knee. This alternating motion engages your obliques and forces your core muscles to work synergistically. What sets the Cross Body Twisting Crunch apart from traditional crunches is the rotational component. Adding the twist engages the deep core muscles responsible for spinal stability, while also targeting the external obliques, helping to sculpt a more defined waistline. By strengthening these muscles, you not only improve your overall core strength and posture but also enhance your athletic performance in sports that involve rotational movements, such as golf, tennis, and baseball. To maximize the effectiveness of the Cross Body Twisting Crunch, focus on performing the movement with control and proper form. Engage your core throughout the exercise, avoid pulling on your neck, and exhale as you crunch up. For an added challenge, you can hold a weight plate or medicine ball at your chest to increase the resistance. Integrating the Cross Body Twisting Crunch into your core workout routine can help you achieve a stronger, more toned midsection. Remember to always consult with a fitness professional to determine the appropriate number of repetitions and sets based on your fitness level and goals. So get ready to strengthen your core and unleash your full potential with this challenging and effective exercise!


  • Start by lying flat on your back on an exercise mat or the floor. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the ground, hip-width apart.
  • Place your hands behind your head, elbows out to the sides.
  • Engage your core muscles by drawing your belly button in towards your spine.
  • Exhale and lift your upper body off the ground, simultaneously twisting your torso to one side.
  • Inhale and slowly lower your upper body back down to the starting position.
  • Exhale and repeat the twisting motion, but this time twist to the opposite side.
  • Continue alternating the twisting motion from side to side for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core muscles throughout the entire exercise.
  • Control the movement and avoid using momentum.
  • Exhale as you twist your torso towards your opposite knee.
  • Perform the exercise at a slow and controlled pace for maximum effectiveness.
  • Incorporate this exercise into a well-rounded core workout routine.
  • Use a mat or other supportive surface to protect your back and prevent discomfort.
  • Gradually increase the intensity or duration of the exercise as your strength improves.
  • Listen to your body and modify the exercise if you experience any pain or discomfort.
  • Maintain proper posture by keeping your spine neutral and your chest lifted.
  • Combine the Cross Body Twisting Crunch with other exercises to target multiple muscle groups.


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