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3 Types of Crunches You Can Do in Your Living Room

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You don't need a gym membership to a get great workout. Just like you blend nutritious smoothies in your Oster® My Blend® Blender at home, you can exercise there too. Try these three alternatives to normal crunches that you can easily do at home and will definitely feel the next day. 

1. Twist Crunches 
Start out in the normal crunch formation. Lie flat on your back, bend your knees and plant your feet firmly on the floor. Place your hands behind your head. Raise your upper body using your abdominal muscles as you would in a normal crunch. However, rather than going straight up and then back down, as you raise your body, touch your elbow to the opposite knee to twist your abs as you move.

The twist crunch allows you to work more core muscles than a regular crunch. The twist crunch allows you to work more core muscles than a regular crunch.

For example, you'd start on your back, move up until your right elbow touched your left knee, then lower your body again. It helps work muscles that wouldn't be affected by a standard crunch. 

2. Bicycle Crunch 
This crunch may require a bit or leg room, so feel free to move your coffee table or chairs to get a little extra clearance. Lie flat on the floor and feel free to hold something like your sofa's legs, as this exercise is all about the legs. Simply hold your legs out parallel to the ground, alternatively bending and bringing one to your stomach. You'll be moving your legs like you would while riding a bicycle.

You can hybridize the bicycle and twist crunch by coordinating your elbow touches with your knee movements. 

3. Reverse Crunch 
The standard crunch uses your upper body to work your abs, but the reverse brings your legs into the equation. Lie on your back with your hands flat on the ground and extend your legs straight up toward the ceiling. Use your core to move your hips up and back down, while pointing your toes to the ceiling. By working against gravity you'll give your core plenty of resistance for a great workout.