Hands to the Sky Crunch

The “Hands to the Sky Crunch” is an abdominal exercise that targets the muscles of the core, particularly the rectus abdominis. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to perform this exercise:

Video Instructions on Hands to the Sky Crunch

Muscles Targeted:

  • Rectus Abdominis (six-pack muscles)
  • Obliques


  1. Starting Position:
    • Lie down on your back on a mat or a comfortable surface.
    • Extend your legs straight out on the floor.
    • Reach your arms overhead, fully extending them on the floor.
  2. Crunch Movement:
    • Simultaneously lift your legs and upper body off the ground, bringing them towards each other in a crunching motion.
    • Your arms should move forward and up towards the ceiling, reaching for the sky.
    • Try to lift your shoulder blades off the ground as you crunch, engaging your abdominal muscles.
  3. Peak Contraction:
    • At the top of the movement, your hands should be reaching toward the sky, and your body should form a V-shape.
    • Hold the peak contraction for a moment, squeezing your abs.
  4. Return to Starting Position:
    • Slowly lower your legs and upper body back down to the starting position with control.
    • Keep your movements deliberate and controlled to engage your muscles throughout the entire range of motion.
  5. Repeat:
    • Perform the exercise for the recommended number of repetitions.
    • Aim for 10-15 repetitions to start, and you can gradually increase as your strength improves.


  • Focus on using your abdominal muscles to lift your upper body and legs, rather than pulling with your neck or using momentum.
  • Exhale as you crunch up and inhale as you lower back down.
  • Keep your lower back pressed into the mat throughout the movement to protect your spine.

Common Mistakes to Avoid:

  • Avoid using your neck to pull yourself up; the movement should come from your core.
  • Don’t use momentum to swing your body up. Keep the movement controlled for maximum effectiveness.
  • Ensure that your lower back stays in contact with the mat to prevent unnecessary strain.

As with any exercise, it’s essential to perform it with proper form to avoid injury and maximize its benefits. If you’re new to exercise or have any health concerns, it’s advisable to consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider before starting a new workout routine.