With many folks searching for novel approaches to toning the midsection, the Crossover Crunch represents yet another means to flatten tummy muscles through the means of active exercise. The Crossover Crunch is quite similar to the original crunch exercise, but its unique approach should also allow participants to target the muscles of the sides, known as the oblique muscles, in a way that some other routines do not.
The Crossover Crunch involves putting one’s body in an otherwise normal crunch position, with back and feet flat on the floor and knees bent accordingly. However, before actually performing the Crossover Crunch, the individual moves the right leg and places the right ankle over the other knee of the left leg. From this position and with both hands behind the head, the individual performs a somewhat twisted crunch motion, touching the left elbow to the knee of the bent right leg. After performing a set number of repetitions in this position, the individual switches sides and performs the routine for the same number of repetitions on the other side. Consistent sets of Crossover Crunches should mean for most individuals the real potential to firm and flatten tummy regions, especially the sides of the torso.