The vertical leg crunch is an abdominal exercise which builds and strengthens the core. Now, it’s much different than your standard crunch and it’s a lot more difficult but it is very effective for this reason. The great thing is you don’t need any equipment besides maybe a floor mat and you have a functional exercise.
But the vertical leg crunch does require a little flexible to keep your legs straight up in the air, however, you can bend your knees to make the movement slightly less challenging. So, if you’re tired of doing the same old boring standard crunches, give this one a try to mix things up a little.
In This Exercise
- Target muscle Group: Rectus Abdominis
- Type: Strength
- Mechanics: Isolation
- Equipment: Floor Mat
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Begin by lying on your back and place your legs straight up in the air.
- Then place your hands lightly behind your head but don’t pull on your head.
- Perform a crunch while keeping your legs up.
- Repeat for the desired number of reps.
Variations & Tips:
- If you can’t keep your legs straight you can bend them slightly.
- Keep your core tight during the exercise.
- Your torso should be flat on the ground for support during the vertical leg crunch.
- The vertical leg crunch works the abdominals but not the obliques.