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Kneeling cable crunch

With the traditional crunch not suitable for the addition of resistance, the cable crunch is performed in a manner which allows for the addition of resistance during the commonly performed crunching movement. The exercise is performed kneeling, using a rope attachment on a high pulley, with hands grasping the ropes either side of the head. The hands and rope should not be pressed against the head during the execution, doing so will result in stress to the neck of the trainer, which is injurious and not fruitful for the exercise.

This exercise is great for those are advanced with their midsection development and wish to add great resistance, and also for those who wish to have easy access to the amount of resistance being lifted during the exercise.

Performing kneeling cable crunches

  • Set correct resistance on weight stack. Attach rope attachment to the high pulley.
  • Grasp each end of the rope attachment with either hands.
  • Pull on pulley, and kneel below, with a bend in the hip.
  • Place hands (that are grasping the rope) close to the side of your head.
  • Hyperextend the back slightly at the start of the movement.
  • Keep hips and lower body stationary, flex torso forward whilst keeping rope close to the head for resistance.
  • Bring elbows close to thighs.
  • Repeat for desired amount of repetitions.

Kneeling cable crunches courtesy of Fitness Uncovered - Bodybuilding & Fitness

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