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Swiss Ball Crunch

Isolate and work your abdominal muscles with this abdominal exercise.

Welcome to our Swiss Ball Crunch Instruction Guide!

On this page you'll learn how to do this exercise using the correct technique. Below you'll find pictures, exercise instructions, and tips on how to ge the most out of this and other abs exercises so you can immediately add to your abdominal workouts, fat loss workouts, and other workout routines.

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Exercise Summary

Exercise Name:Swiss Ball Crunch
Main Muscle:Abs
Secondary Muscle(s):None
Equipment Required:Swiss Ball/Exercise Ball

Exercise Description and Instruction:

  1. Sit on top of an exercise or stability ball with your feet placed firmly on the floor for support. Position yourself so that your lower back is centered on the middle of the ball.
  2. Lie back and bring your hands across your chest, or on either side of your head (over your ears).
  3. Raise your head, chest and shoulders up crunching your abs as you sit upright.
  4. Pause for a moment and then lower yourself to the starting position.


  1. Use a full range of motion and completely lengthen your abs at the start.
swiss ball crunch
swiss ball crunch

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