Air Twisting Crunch

Air Twisting Crunch

The Air Twisting Crunch is a dynamic abdominal exercise that targets the rectus abdominis, obliques, and hip flexors. This multi-functional exercise not only strengthens your core muscles but also improves spinal mobility and enhances overall stability. To perform the Air Twisting Crunch, start by lying flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Place your hands lightly behind your head, allowing your elbows to point out to the sides. Engage your core by drawing your belly button towards your spine. Next, lift your shoulders and upper back off the ground, making sure to keep your neck relaxed and chin slightly tucked. As you crunch upwards, simultaneously twist your torso to one side, reaching your elbow towards the opposite knee. Feel the contraction in your obliques and focus on using your abdominal muscles to initiate the movement. Return to the starting position and repeat the movement, this time twisting to the opposite side. Maintain a controlled and fluid motion throughout the exercise, avoiding any jerking or momentum. The Air Twisting Crunch can be modified for beginners by performing the exercise with your feet elevated on a bench or stability ball. For an added challenge, you can hold a dumbbell or medicine ball across your chest while performing the exercise. Remember to perform the Air Twisting Crunch with proper form and start with a weight or modification that allows you to maintain good control and technique. Always listen to your body and avoid any excessive strain or discomfort. Incorporating this exercise into your regular core routine can help you develop a strong, stable, and defined midsection.


  • Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground.
  • Place your hands behind your head, with your elbows pointing out to the sides.
  • Engage your core by pulling your belly button in towards your spine.
  • Slowly lift your head, neck, and shoulders off the ground, while simultaneously twisting your torso to one side.
  • Hold the contraction for a brief moment, focusing on squeezing your obliques.
  • Return to the starting position by slowly lowering your upper body back down to the ground.
  • Repeat the twisting motion, but this time to the opposite side.
  • Continue alternating sides for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Use proper form and technique to target your abs effectively during the exercise.
  • Engage your core muscles and aim to maintain a strong, stable position throughout the movement.
  • Breathe consistently throughout the exercise, inhaling deeply during the relaxation phase and exhaling during the exertion phase.
  • Start with a comfortable tempo and gradually increase the speed as you become more proficient.
  • Incorporate variations such as bicycle crunches or side-to-side twists to challenge your abdominal muscles from different angles.
  • Ensure you have a soft surface or exercise mat to lie on for added comfort and support.
  • For an added challenge, hold a light dumbbell or medicine ball in your hands while performing the exercise.
  • Combine this exercise with a balanced diet and regular cardiovascular training for optimal results.
  • Listen to your body and modify the exercise as needed to prevent any discomfort or pain.
  • Consult with a fitness professional if you have any concerns or questions about incorporating this exercise into your fitness routine.


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