The Core on Bravo Series: Standing Abdominal Crunch with Handles

Standing Abdominal Crunch with Handles

                         with Brett Fischer PT, ATC, CSCS 

The Core on Bravo is an 8-part video series featuring renowned Strength and Conditioning Coach, Brett Fischer.  Filmed on location at Fischer Sports in Phoenix, Arizona, each episode will feature a rough-cut instructional video with Brett identifying a different specific core exercise using the Bravo Functional Trainer. Along with Dr. Paul Juris of the Cybex Research Institute, he’ll explain the core areas targeted, the accessories used, and proper technique. The purpose of this series is to help you learn not only what you are doing but why you are doing it, for a safer workout with faster results.

>>>"When you don't know your purpose, abuse is inevitable"
                                                                  -Brett Fischer


Episode 5

Exercise:  Standing Abdominal Crunch with Handles
Muscles targeted:  Abdominals, Lats
Condition:  Dynamic
Stability Pad:  Yes



Standing Abdominal Crunch with Handles

The standing abdominal crunch is a powerful variation of one of the most popular ab exercises today, the crunch. Key differences between the Bravo's standing crunch and the traditional on-the-ground crunch include:

  • Option to load additional weight (beyond one's body weight) to further strengthen the abdominals
  • Less strain on the neck and the back when performed while standing
  • Use of the stability pad provides a specific pivot point for the motion, allowing the user to isolate the abdominals


How to perform the Standing Abdominal Crunch with Handles:

  1. Select desired weight on Bravo weight stack.
  2. Adjust stability pad to about the height of the tailbone.
  3. Grasp handles overhead with elbows bent
  4. Bend forward from the waist to perform a 'crunch' motion
  5. Progress by increasing number of reps or increasing the weight.

Try these Advanced Actions:

Perform a twisting crunch by bringing the elbow towards the oppostite knee. This will increase the demand to the obliques.


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Brett Fischer


Brett Fischer PT, ATC, CSCS
President of Fischer Sports

Brett is a Licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has worked with the University of Florida, New York Jets, PGA & Senior Tour and Chicago Cubs. He has served as a consultant to the San Francisco Giants and currently provides training and treatment to MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA athletes.


Paul Juris

Paul M. Juris, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Cybex Research Institute

Dr. Juris earned his Doctorate in Motor Learning from Columbia University in 1993, followed by a variety of positions in higher education, rehabilitative medicine, professional sports, and fitness. Paul Juris, Ed.D. was named Executive Director of the Cybex Research Institute in 2007.