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Exercise Demonstrations

Dumbbell Crunches

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Dumbbell Crunches Exercise

Starting Position

Lie on the floor or a mat on your back, with knees bent. Grasp a lightweight dumbbell in two hands, palms facing out, arms extended straight into the air above your shoulders . Feet should be flat on the ground. Keep a space between your chin and chest (looking diagonal towards the ceiling)


Action

EXHALE: Slowly curl head, shoulders, and upper body off the ground, reaching the dumbbell towards the ceiling. Try to reach higher than your feet.

INHALE: Slowly return to start to complete one rep.

Special Instructions

Use abdominals and hips (not your shoulders) to lift the weight. Keep abs contracted (pull navel towards spine) throughout entire movement.

Muscles Worked: Abs

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