Lie on your back with your legs in the air; knees bent at a 90 degree angle.
Raise your hands up above your shoulders and slowly pull your head and shoulders off of the ground by reaching towards the ceiling.
Slowly drop your shoulders back to the mat. Do not rest your head on the mat until all repetitions are complete.
This style of crunches is an effective way to build abdominal strength and tone the stomach muscles. This beginner version is a simple yet effective ab workout for those just starting a core routine or coming back from a long break. Once you feel as though you have gained strength and range of motion, move onto the next hardest version (Level 2).