Target: Deep abs
26 percent more ab flattening than a typical crunch.
- Lie faceup on floor with arms extended behind head, palms up.
- Engaging abs, raise arms overhead, and slowly lift shoulders and then torso off floor; hinge forward at hips to reach hands to touch toes. MAKE IT EASIER: Place a folded towel or small pillow under lower back for support.
- Slowly reverse motion back to start.
- Do 10 to 12 reps, then return to the Crisscross. Continue alternating until you've done 3 sets of each exercise.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2011.