How to do Kettlebell Double Reach

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Difficulty: Hard

Impact Level: Low

Target Body Parts: abs, shoulders, quadriceps


Start laying on your back. Hold the kettlebell in both hands over your head, fully extend your arms. Then elevate your feet off the floor with a 90-degree bend at your hips and your knees. You want your thighs to be vertical and your shins to be parallel to the floor. This is the start position.

Then, keeping your lower back pressed down into the floor, tuck your chin to your chest, draw your belly button down and contract your abdominals to roll your upper spine up off the floor. At the same time, pull the kettlebell towards your knees, bending at the elbows. This is the top position. From here lower yourself back to the floor by curling your spine down from bottom to top. Keep your legs elevated and the kettlebell off the floor as you repeat the crunches for the duration of the exercise.

Watch out for the temptation to let your feet lower towards the floor, or for your knees to get drawn in towards the chest, allowing your hip-flexors to take over in the movement, which we don’t want.

How to make Kettlebell Double Reach easier

For an easier option try our Elevated Crunches exercise.

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