High Crunch. How-to, proper form and tips

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The High Crunch is a variation of the Crunch and effective strengthening the abs.

Video demonstration

How to and step by step instructions:

  1. Lie down on your back.
  2. Plant your feet on the floor, shoulder-width apart and bended knees.
  3. Raise your arms, hands toward the ceiling. This is the starting position.
  4. Lift your shoulder blades off the floor, taking arms and hands closer to the ceiling. Lower back remains on the floor, chest and neck are relaxed.
  5. Hold this high position for a few seconds.
  6. Return to the starting position.

Hints & tips:

  • Keep your neck relaxed, this is an abs exercise.
  • Perform the exercise slowly, with control.
  • Don't crunch to high, this is a subtle movement.
  • Keep the tension, don't fully relax on the floor.


  • Strengthen abdominal muscles and obliques.
  • Strong abs are the foundation of many daily moves such as carrying any object or just raising yourself.
  • Also a strong core is a requisite for many exercises.

Counting & gamification:

  • Create the habit of doing some crunch-series right after warmup and before your regular workout.
  • Get a list of crunch variations, ensure some variation on your daily routine with a rigid number of reps, ideally 50 to 100 in total.

Muscles worked and body parts involved:

Primary , Secondary

Primary muscles: Abs

Secondary muscles: Upper Back, Lowerback

Other names

The exercise can be found with other names. Examples are:

  • High Crunch
  • Elevated Crunch

Muscle: Abs

Collection: Crunch Variations

Category: Bodyweight