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Move of the Week: overhead ab crunch

The final exercise in our eight-part weekly series of kettlebell workouts.

Alison Clews, a personal trainer at the Dubai-based Ignite Fitness and Wellness, demonstrates the final exercise in our eight-part weekly series of kettlebell workouts. Do this bench workout alone, or incorporate it into your own fitness routine. Go to www.thenational.ae/bodyandsoul, where we have collected the workouts and posted video demonstrations.

1. Lie flat on a mat and hook your thumbs under the kettlebell, wrapping your fingers at the top for a firm grip as a starting position. Breathe in.

2. Exhale and sit up straight, keeping the kettlebell straight above the head. Pull your belly into the stomach and really squeeze the abs.

3. Slowly lie back down into the starting position. As you do this, squeeze your abs and keep your arms as straight as possible. Ensure a slow and controlled movement.

Tips to remember

Take your time.

Try to relax the neck and shoulders while concentrating on squeezing the abs.


The arms, abs and shoulders.


16 to 20 reps x 3 sets.


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