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Starfish Crunch (beginner)

Starfish Crunch (beginner)

The Starfish Crunch is a fantastic exercise for beginners looking to strengthen their core and tone their abdominal muscles. This exercise specifically targets the rectus abdominis, commonly known as the six-pack muscles, as well as the obliques. To perform the Starfish Crunch, lie on your back with your arms and legs extended straight out, forming a star shape. As you exhale, simultaneously lift your upper body and legs off the ground, trying to meet in the middle. Your arms and legs should come together in a V shape, with your hands reaching toward your toes. The key to this exercise is to engage your core muscles throughout the movement. Imagine pulling your belly button toward your spine to activate your deep abdominal muscles. It's important to maintain a controlled and steady pace, focusing on the contraction of your abs. As a beginner, it's essential to start with a modified version of the Starfish Crunch. This can be achieved by bending your knees slightly and performing small, controlled movements. As you become more comfortable and stronger, you can gradually increase the difficulty level by fully extending your legs and reaching farther with your arms. Incorporating the Starfish Crunch into your workout routine will help you develop a strong and stable core, improve posture, and enhance overall athletic performance. Remember to perform this exercise with proper form and gradually progress as your strength increases for optimal results. Keep up the great work and enjoy the benefits of a strong core!


  • Start by lying flat on your back with your legs extended and your arms stretched out to the sides.
  • Engage your core muscles by drawing your belly button in towards your spine.
  • Exhale as you lift your right arm and left leg off the ground, reaching towards each other in a diagonal motion.
  • Inhale as you return to the starting position with control.
  • Repeat the movement on the opposite side by lifting your left arm and right leg.
  • Continue alternating sides for the desired number of repetitions or time period.
  • Remember to keep your lower back pressed into the floor throughout the exercise.
  • Focus on using your abs to initiate the movement rather than momentum.
  • Modify the exercise by bending your knees if needed to reduce strain on your lower back.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core muscles throughout the exercise for maximum effectiveness.
  • Start with a weight that allows you to perform the exercise with proper form and without straining yourself.
  • Breathe deeply and exhale as you contract your abs during the crunches.
  • Focus on quality rather than quantity. Perform each repetition slowly and with control.
  • Include other core-strengthening exercises in your workout routine to complement the starfish crunch.
  • Maintain a healthy and balanced diet to support your fitness goals.
  • Stay consistent and make the starfish crunch a regular part of your workout routine.
  • Listen to your body and modify the exercise if needed to prevent any discomfort or injury.
  • Keep a workout journal to track your progress and set achievable goals.
  • Warm up before starting any exercise to prepare your muscles and reduce the risk of injury.

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