Weighted Suitcase Crunch

Step 1

Holding a dumbbell with both hands, lie on your back on a yoga mat with your arms extended above your head. Extend both legs and engage your abdominal muscles by drawing your belly button in towards your spine. This is your starting position.

Step 2

Inhale. Exhale. While keeping your legs extended, slowly raise your legs upwards until they form a 90-degree angle with your hips. At the same time, bring the dumbbell forward and upward towards your feet, slowly lifting your head, shoulder blades and torso off the mat.

Step 3

Inhale. Slowly lower your arms and legs to return to the starting position, but without lowering your feet to the floor. Repeat for the specified number of repetitions.

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