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Bicycle Crunch

One of the best ab exercises

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Updated April 06, 2014

Bicycle Crunch Exercise

Bicycle Crunch Exercise

E. Quinn
The Bicycle Crunch is the best ab exercised according to research done to uncover the best exercises you can do to activate the rectus abdominus.

A study done at San Diego State University compared thirteen common abdominal exercises in an effort to determine the best. Each exercises was ranked for muscle stimulation--measured with EMG--in the rectus abdominis, the external obliques and internal obliques.

Learn more about the study: How to Exercise the Abs.

Do the Bicycle Crunch:

  • Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground and contract your core muscles.
  • With your hands gently holding your head, lift your knees to about a 45-degree angle.
  • Slowly, at first, go through a bicycle pedal motion.
  • Alternately touching your elbows to the opposite knees as you twist back and forth.
  • Breath evenly throughout the exercise.

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