Primary muscles: Abs, obliques, hip flexors
Secondary muscles: Glutes, thighs, quads
Equipment: No equipment
STANDING CRISS CROSS CRUNCHES INSTRUCTIONS
1. Stand up straight with your feet hip-width apart and your hands behind your head.
2. Bend your right leg and lift your knee as high as you can.
3. Rotate your torso to the right and bring your right knee to your left elbow.
4. Repeat on the opposite side and keep alternating sides until set is complete.
PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN
When doing the standing criss cross crunches, engage your core muscles, open your elbows, keep your neck relaxed and your back straight. Breathe out as you crunch and keep the movement smooth and steady.
Adding standing criss cross crunches to your workout routine helps to increase core strength and stability, improves flexibility and coordination and helps to sculpt and trim down your waist. Since your whole body is moving constantly, it also helps to increase your heart rate, warms up the body and burns off body fat.
SETS AND REPS
Start slowly with 30 seconds to 1 minute sets and, as you gain strength and flexibility, increase the height of the leg lift as well as the speed. Move as fast as you can without losing form.
To calculate the number of calories burned doing the standing criss cross crunches, enter your weight and the duration of the exercise: