-The DB Extend & Crunch!-
Here’s a nifty little exercise I call the “DB Extend & Crunch.” I’m not a big fan of crunches…believe me, back in the day I used to do sets of 50-100 b/c I didn’t know any better! Crunches are overrated, and i’ll be the first to tell you that nutrition is key if you’re wanting to abs as hot as Brad’s in Fight Club! Still, you must do “core” exercises.
The DB Extend & Crunch incorporates an overhead reach with a single-leg hip/knee extension. I recommend that you keep your ankle flexed as you extend the hip & knee. Why? You’ll use your glutes. Think about pushing through the foot as you straighten your leg. Also note that the “crunch” really is more of a “pull,” as I bring the dumbbells to my body.
You don’t need a ton of weight for this exercise. I’m using 5-pounders!
I really dig exercises that require you to stabilize one leg while extending the other. Why? For many people, this asymmetrical position can help with maintaining a posterior pelvic tilt. Most people have anterior tilt issues, and using both legs (with exercises such as this) may not always be the best thing.