Inversion Table Exercise – Inverted Crunches
Inverted crunches are a great way to target your abdominal area and provide an effective way to strengthen your core muscles. For many people, inverted crunches have started to become a popular part of any fitness regime. For those who are unaware of inverted crunches, they are an exercise where your legs are higher than your head. Usually, crunches are performed while lying down, although this does not provide as much intensity as being inverted.
The reason inverted crunches are becoming so popular is that it offers advanced fitness professionals the chance to provide an intense workout for all of their abdominal muscles. Inverted crunches are much more difficult than traditional crunches, because your body has to work against the forces of gravity. In addition to this, the difficulty of the inverted crunch can be changed; simply change the angle of the incline. For people who want to go further than this, you can attempt hanging crunches. Hanging crunches will truly test your core abdominal strength and overall body strength.
How To Perform An Inverted Crunch
- Lie yourself against the inversion table, and begin tilting to an upside-down degree angle.
- Place your fingers on your head (usually around the temple area).
- Lift your upper body (shoulders) up towards the body area slightly.
- Pause and hold for a period of 5-10 seconds (or as long as you can).
- Lower yourself back to the upside-down hanging position as slowly as possible.
For an increased workout, don’t give your shoulders chance to rest between crunches. Inverted crunches should only be performed after you have already strengthened your abdominal muscles through traditional exercises such as normal crunches, sit-ups, push ups and pull ups. If you’re looking to purchase an inversion table, consider reading my inversion table reviews.