The Weighted Crunch is a core exercise that primarily targets the abdominals but also works the obliques. This is an isolation exercise which is well suited to beginner lifters.



  • Lie on the floor holding a plate, dumbbell or kettle bell.
  • Contract your abs to lift your torso off the bench until you are sitting upright.
  • Slowly lower your torso back down until it is just off the ground and repeat.

Abdominal Muscle Diagram.

Abdominal Muscles