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Overhead Abdominals Crunches

Exercise Tips

  • An exercise mat can be used for comfort
  • Be sure not to strain your neck
  • Control the motion-try not to swing your arms

Overhead Abdominals Crunches

This exercise targets your middle and upper abdominals area and requires no equipment to perform.

Muscle Group

Middle & Upper Adbominals


2 Days a Week to
3 Days a Week



Cardiovascular Benefit

Low to Moderate

Muscle Group: Middle & Upper Adbominals

Equipment: None

Minimum Frequency: 2 Days a Week

Maximum Frequency: 3 Days a Week

Cardiovascular Benefit: Low to Moderate

Exercise Category: Middle & Upper Adbominals

Starting Position: Lie on the floor, face up with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Stretch your arms straight out behind your head, palms up.

  1. 1 Exhaling, crunch your upper body forward, bringing your shoulder blades just off the floor. While crunching, keep your arms straight and bring them forward as well, so at the peak of the motion, your arms are parallel to your thighs, palms down. Hold for a two count, squeezing your abdominals.
  2. 2 Inhale and slowly bring your arms and upper body back down to starting position.
  3. 3 Repeat this exercise until you have completed all repetitions for the set.