The waistline cruncher focuses on the waistline, which includes the internal and external oblique muscles. All movement should be done with slow and controlled motions. Move only from the waistline up. Keep the hips stationary.
Stand tall with feet shoulder-width apart, knees relaxed, toes pointing forward or in a comfortable position, upper body lifted, shoulders relaxed.
Keeping torso lifted, rotate at waistline and punch out in front of body, allowing arm to cross the midline of the body. Avoid popping elbow joint while extending arm. Lift and rotate to the other side; punch arm out in front of body. Repeat for 3 sets of 8 times.
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Lisa Faremouth is a fitness specialist who is a certified exercise instructor and member of the American Council on Exercise and the Aerobic Fitness Associates of America. She was awarded a silver medal in the Reebok National Aerobic 1989 Championships for the Midwest region and has served as director of exercise programs for a large health club in Chicago. Through her company, Fitfully Yours, she provides education, consultation, training, and workshops to fitness centers, corporations, and individuals worldwide.