Training of the lateral abdominals with the Suspension Trainer

  • Degree of Difficulty 60% 60%

Suspension Training Assisted Crunch Starting Position

Short Description
  1. Lay on your back with legs tucked. Arms stretched.
  2. Push handles down with your hands. Roll-up your upper body and lead your hands to the side of your knees.
  3. Slowly roll back to the starting position.
Long Description
  1. The head, back and buttocks are placed on the bottom. The knee joints are flexed about 90 degree. The lower legs are parallel to the bottom. The toes are tightened. The arms are stretched and the palms point down forward. The VarioSling is under tension.
  2. The upper body is lifted up by the support of the abdominal muscles. The lower legs do not change their position.
  3. The head and the upper back are clearly lifted off the body. The buttocks are fitted on the bottom. The lower legs are parallel to the bottom and the toes are tightened. The arms are stretched and the hands are situated left and right aside of the knee joints.
  4. Both hands are shifted along the same side of the according knee joint. The upper body and the hands are moved back into starting position.
Always keep your legs closed (knee on knee, ankle on ankle). The slower you execute the motion, the more intensive is the exercise.
Additional exercise instructions

The assisted Crunch belongs to the standard exercises of the abdominal training. This version mainly trains the lateral part of the abdominal muscles. The straps have an angle of 60-45 degree and point towards the legs. The suspension point is placed behind the head.

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