Exercise #1756

Criss Cross

3 min - Exercise


Muscle Focus: Abdominals and obliques.

Objective: Strengthen obliques and facilitate rotation.

Start Position: Lay flat on back with hands placed palm over palm at the base of the neck. Bring both knees into the chest and curl the head and shoulders off the Mat.

Movement: Extend your right leg to a 45 degree angle. Rotate to bring the right shoulder to the left knee. Switch to rotate in the opposite direction to bring the left shoulder to the right knee. Repeat.

Precautions: Ensure that the hands are not pulling on the head and that the shoulder blades remain lifted off of the Mat.
What You'll Need: Mat

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Jul 18, 2014
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So the next exercise we're looking at is called the crisscross. I'm here with Meredith again and we're looking at one of the most common Valadez exercises you'll see in class, um, that is for strength...


Hi there!
I would love to know if for exercises such as Criss-cross or abdominal exercises - such as the 100 (when your upper back and legs are off the floor) should your back be in neutral or imprinted flat into the floor?
Many thanks!
I Love your instructions and how real you are Amy!
HI Elyse,
When you curl your head up, the rest of your spine will naturally follow. Typically that means your spine will meet the floor. Your back is never in neutral when your head neck and shoulders are off the floor.
Maktub, I love the compliment, mostly because you mistook me for my dear friend Amy who is as real and natural as it gets!
Fantastic reference to necl alignment and hip placement. Important ans excellent cues. Tyvm!

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