Hi, I'm Alfonso "the Angry Trainer" Moretti, and today we're gonna be talking about how to neutralize the hip flexors during an abdominal crunch. So, why do we want to neutralize the hip flexors during abdominal crunches? The reason is simple, if we recruit the hip flexors a lot during a crunch, it actually creates a pulling on our pelvis, which is then going to lead to low back pain. So we want to do is we want to negate the use of our hip flexors during the crunch, just so that we can really just focus on the stomach only, and reap the benefits of a better midsection without having to worry about our lower back getting pain later on. So,in your traditional crunches, you would start here, with your feet in this upright position. What I'm gonna ask you to do is I'm gonna ask you to pull your feet together into a butterfly position. By doing so, we actually eliminate using pulling with the hip flexor from the crunch position. So from here, now what we're gonna do is we're gonna lay back, we're gonna put our hands behind our head, and what we want to think about is the stomach is like an accordion, as the accordion squeezes together, it's going to pull the upper back off the ground. So a crunch is not about coming forward, a crunch is about getting your shoulder blades up off the ground, and we want to be careful to not pull the neck. So you keep your legs back, take a deep breath and breathe out, and then come down. It's a very short range of motion. Think about that accordion. Shortening the distance between your armpit and your hip bone as you come up.