Primary muscles: Core, glutes
Secondary muscles: Hamstrings, quads, hips, shoulders, arms
Equipment: No equipment
DOWNWARD DOG CRUNCH INSTRUCTIONS
1. Start in downward dog pose with your arms and legs straight and your hips up and back.
2. Bring your right knee close to your right elbow and crunch.
3. Extend your right leg up and to the back.
4. Repeat for the duration of the set and then switch sides.
PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN
Keep your spine, head and neck neutral and aligned, engage your core and glutes, and maintain your wrists and elbows straight. Breathe out as you bend the knee and bring it toward the elbow and inhale as you extend the leg up and back, being careful not to arch your back.
The downward dog crunch is a full body move that strengthens the whole body, helps to improve posture and flexibility, and tightens the core. This exercise boosts circulation, increases the heart rate and helps you burn off fat fast.
SETS AND REPS
Practice doing the downward dog pose and the knee to elbow kickback first. Once you’re comfortable with both moves, progress to the downward dog crunch and do 2 or 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps, on each side.
To calculate the number of calories burned doing the downward dog crunch, enter your weight and the duration of the exercise: