The Crossover Crunch is one of many abdominal workouts individuals can use to get their bodies into shape. As a modified form of the original crunch, it is not difficult for most people to recognize or to learn how to perform. However, in its modification the Crossover Crunch aims to target different muscles than are normally targeted by the basic crunch, namely the muscles along the sides of the abdomen.
To perform a Crossover Crunch you would simply put your body into a normal crunch position, as you do in many other abdominal workouts. This involves lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Yet, before actually performing the crunches, you will cross one leg over the other so that the ankle of that leg rests on or near the knee of the other leg. Then you will perform twisted crunches so that your opposite elbow touches the knee of your crossed leg. This means you will do a set number of Crossover Crunches with your right leg crossed over your left and your torso twisting so as to touch your left elbow to your right knee, and a set number of the mirror image (right to left). Again, the Crossover Crunch is one of a number of abdominal workouts that can aid a person with targeting his or her side abdominal muscles, which are known as the obliques.