Crunch with Hands on Discs

by Keli Roberts

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The objective of this next exercise progression is to strengthen the abdominals through spinal flexion. Start with your hands on a set of paper plates. Perform a crunching movement. As you curl the shoulders off the floor, slide the hands down towards your feet and then return to your start position. So you've got your basic crunch. To progress this, come up and stay up and then do a side to side motion where you start to bring the obliques into the picture. As our final progression, bring the feet up off the floor, so you have a smaller base of support and less stability, and perform that same side to side movement as you stabilize your hips. Keep the shoulders up and swivel on the lower back.

About the Presenter

Keli Roberts

Keli Roberts IDEA Author/Presenter

Keli Roberts?is a specialized tier-three personal trainer at Equinox in Pasadena, California. She is a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling and Gliding?, a Kettlebell® Concepts-sponsored athlete and is on the BOSU® development team. Keli is also known for her award-winning videos, books and training seminars. She is a spokesperson for ACE, a 2007 inductee to the National Fitness Hall of Fame and was awarded the 2003 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year Award.