The Reverse Crunch to Press Out

If you’re on this site, you probably already know I’m a huge fan of the reverse crunch.

And while it can be difficult initially, in a lot of cases, it also gets easy fairly quickly as well.

So if you want to upgrade that core training, you need to try the reverse crunch to press out!

In this exercise there are really two key things to focus on:

  • Tucking everything in tight, getting the knees to the elbows, and inhaling, and then
  • Exhaling and getting the back flat to the bench while extending the legs out in front of you.

While it may look simple or easy, I guarantee a few sets of this done with tight execution will really have you feeling your core.


I hope you enjoy the video and have a great day!


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  1. My question is about holding a flat lumbar spine in the extension part of this. You’re usually all about the neutral LB why flat here?

    • Well first of all, “neutral spine” is a range – not a singular position

      Second, if my goal is to engage the abs, I need to go past “neutral” to do that

      And third, I’m not nearly as worried about neutral spine as I used to be. I’m far more focused on building a SYSTEM that is pliable and resilient than anything else

  2. Hi Mike, I’ve watched your progression of videos from the reverse crunch, to press out to dragon flag; I’ve really enjoyed them. But I found the breathing to movement sequence interesting, almost reverse of what I teach. I’ve always taught that the breath goes out during the exertion of force, like when a boxer punches. I found that I comfortably exert force during a crunch, and the breath lengthens during a press out. What are your thoughts on this?

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