The Criss Cross Abdominal Curl is a strength training exercise that improves abdominal and oblique strength.
INSTRUCTIONS: Lie on your back. Place hands behind your ears. Bring right elbow toward left knee. Switch and bring your left elbow toward right knee. Continue to work on a diagonal pattern. Keep torso steady.
MODIFICATION: Cross arms on your chest as you move side to side.
VARIATION: To add challenge, keep elbows pointed outward and bring the shoulder toward your knee, instead of touching the elbow to knee.
CAUTION: Avoid clasping your hands behind your head in order to avoid pulling or yanking on your neck.
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