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Opposite Crunch

Opposite Crunch

The opposite crunch is a highly effective abdominal exercise that targets the muscles in your lower abs and obliques. It is a variation of the traditional crunch, but with a unique twist that engages different muscle groups. By incorporating this exercise into your routine, you can strengthen your core, improve stability, and enhance overall athletic performance. The opposite crunch involves lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Instead of lifting your upper back off the ground as in a regular crunch, you will be lifting your lower body towards your upper body. As you contract your abs, you will be bringing your knees towards your chest while keeping your lower back firmly planted on the floor. While performing the opposite crunch, it is important to maintain proper form and avoid straining your neck or back. Focus on contracting your abs and exhaling as you lift your legs towards your upper body. You should feel the burn in your lower abs as you control the movement. Incorporate the opposite crunch into your abdominal routine 2-3 times a week, aiming for 3 sets of 10-15 reps. For added challenge, you can hold a medicine ball or dumbbell between your feet as you perform the exercise. Remember to gradually increase the intensity and difficulty level as your core strength improves. Including the opposite crunch in your workout routine can help you achieve a toned and defined midsection while promoting better posture and stability in daily activities. Combine this exercise with a well-rounded fitness regimen and a balanced diet to maximize your results and attain the strong, sculpted abs you desire.


  • Lie flat on your back on an exercise mat or the floor.
  • Place your hands on the sides of your head, keeping your elbows pointing outwards.
  • Bend your knees at a 90-degree angle and lift your feet off the ground, so your thighs are perpendicular to the floor.
  • While keeping your lower back in contact with the floor, curl your torso towards your knees by lifting your shoulders off the ground.
  • At the same time, bring your right elbow across your body towards your left knee while straightening your right leg, so it hovers slightly above the floor.
  • Hold the contraction for a second and exhale during this movement.
  • Return to the starting position by lowering your right shoulder and left leg while simultaneously bringing your left elbow across your body towards your right knee and straightening your left leg.
  • Repeat the movement for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to engage your core muscles throughout the exercise and avoid pulling on your neck or using momentum to lift your torso.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core throughout the exercise to ensure proper form and maximize effectiveness.
  • Focus on lifting your legs and shoulder blades off the ground by using your abdominal muscles.
  • Exhale as you crunch up and inhale as you return to the starting position.
  • Avoid pulling with your neck or using momentum to perform the exercise. Use your abs to control the movement.
  • Maintain a steady and controlled pace throughout the exercise for optimal results.
  • Increase the intensity by adding resistance, such as holding a dumbbell or using an exercise band.
  • Perform the exercise on a stable surface, like a mat or an exercise bench, to minimize strain on your back.
  • Include the opposite crunch exercise in a well-rounded abdominal workout routine for balanced strength development.
  • Combine the opposite crunch with other core exercises, such as planks and Russian twists, to target different areas of your abs.
  • Stay consistent with your workouts and gradually increase the number of repetitions and sets to progress over time.


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