Band standing twisting crunch

Band standing twisting crunch

The Band Standing Twisting Crunch is an effective exercise that targets your core muscles while also engaging your obliques, lower back, and hip flexors. This exercise, as the name suggests, involves using a resistance band to add tension and intensity to your crunches, helping you tone and strengthen your abdominal muscles. To perform the Band Standing Twisting Crunch, start by attaching a resistance band to a secure anchor point at waist height. Hold the other end of the band with both hands and position yourself in a standing position with your feet shoulder-width apart. With a slight bend in your knees and your back straight, bring your arms forward, keeping them parallel to the floor. Now, engage your core muscles and exhale as you twist your torso to one side, bringing your elbows towards the opposite knee. Feel the resistance from the band as it challenges your obliques and core muscles to work harder. Inhale as you slowly return to the starting position, and then repeat the movement on the other side. By incorporating the Band Standing Twisting Crunch into your workout routine, you can improve your core stability and definition, enhance your balance, and develop greater overall core strength. Remember to control your movements throughout the exercise and focus on proper form to optimize the effectiveness and prevent any potential injuries. So grab a resistance band, add this exercise to your routine, and feel the burn in your abs!

Instructions

  • Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and place a resistance band around your upper back, just below your shoulder blades.
  • Grip the ends of the band with your hands and extend your arms out in front of you at shoulder height, keeping a slight bend in your elbows.
  • Engage your core and twist your torso to the left, bringing your right elbow towards your left knee. Keep your arms straight and shoulders relaxed.
  • Return to the starting position and then twist your torso to the right, bringing your left elbow towards your right knee.
  • Continue alternating sides in a controlled and smooth motion.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core throughout the entire exercise.
  • Ensure proper form by keeping your back straight and shoulders relaxed.
  • Use a resistance band that provides enough tension to challenge your obliques.
  • Focus on twisting from your waist while keeping your hips stable.
  • Breathe naturally throughout the exercise and avoid holding your breath.
  • Start with lighter resistance bands and gradually increase the tension as your strength improves.
  • Perform the exercise in a slow and controlled manner to maximize muscle engagement.
  • Don't rely solely on momentum; focus on using your abdominal muscles to initiate the movement.
  • If performing the exercise standing is too difficult, you can try doing it seated on a stability ball.
  • Remember to warm up before attempting this exercise to prepare your muscles and joints.
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