Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredBodyweight
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePull (Bilateral)
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Abs Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Straight Leg Toe Touch (Floor Toe Reach) Overview

The straight leg toe touch is a variation of the abdominal crunch and an exercise used to isolate the muscles of the abdomen.

The straight leg toe touch keeps constant tension on the lower abs as you go through flexion with the top portion of your abs.

Straight Leg Toe Touch (Floor Toe Reach) Instructions

  1. Lay supine in a relaxed position with your arms and legs straight.
  2. Raise your legs straight until they are perpendicular with the floor.
  3. Exhale as you reach straight up towards your toes.
  4. Once your abs are fully contracted and your upper back is off the floor, slowly lower yourself back to the starting position.
  5. Complete for the assigned number of repetitions.

Straight Leg Toe Touch (Floor Toe Reach) Tips

  1. Exhale hard like you’re blowing out candles on a cake and hold the contraction for a second in order to improve mind muscle connection.
  2. If your lower back bothers you during this exercise, choose more anti extension and anti rotation based movements.
  3. Avoid putting the hands behind the head as this can lead to excess strain upon the neck.
Helping hand
Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2012 - 01:18

Hey, im kinda really focusing on getting my 10 pack visible again....i had it barely visible last time, until i gained 20-30kg of weight and hopefully it's still buried down there...

I know that it is gonna be hard and all, but i need an exercise that actually kills the fat on my lower belly. It has stretch marks already and i want to lose the fat. Thats the only part of my body that is hard to get rid of.

My hands are already cut, and im working on my legs and abs.....For some reason, i get faster and stronger legs, but there is hardly any muscles growing there. Same for my stomach, when someone punch me now, i wouldn't feel it much, but it's still fat.

Posted on: Sun, 11/11/2012 - 05:31

Wow! A 10 pack is beyond impressive. I have maintained a 6/8 for over 20 years as a hockey Goaltender. Above and beyond normal Ab training, this is what I think has been most effective for my upper legs and abs. (and really helps impact absorption from pucks):

Goalie Crouch -With leg pads on (or a good mat) and hand weights (Goalie Gloves and stick for me), maintain Goalie crouch (like about to sit on toilet) with feet shoulder width apart, hands far forward and wider than shoulder width for 20 sec. (shoulders, knees, toes make vertical line)

Butterfly Pop Up -Immediately drop to knees with ankles spread and toes forward (if possible) and pop back up as quickly as possible while maintaining good posture and form, 20 times, returning to original position each time. Hands retain same height from floor whether crouched or dropped. Knees, waist, shoulders make verticle line when dropped. Just drop to knees with feet together if you question your leg flexibility.

Sky Reach -Every third pop up, reach high and slightly wide with arms, hold for 1 second, return to crouch, continue.

-Repeat at 30 second Goalie Crouch as desired/able.

*Start with 1 or 2 sets only! Will burn more next day than expected at beginning, great calorie burn.

-After 20+ years, I do 10 sets each morning and evening, repeated 3-4 extra times on game days. NOT RECOMMENDED at this intensity level without slowly building towards it!!!

Posted on: Wed, 08/08/2012 - 17:28

Thanks this really helped my six pack is actually visible now!

Some dud
Posted on: Wed, 07/18/2012 - 11:32

this is kind of embarrassing... But I can't get my legs stright up :( is there an alternative?

Another Dude
Posted on: Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:46

I dont know, i think i am going to switch over to the leg raise, because i just dont have the flexibility to do these, at least not how they are shown, and i dont know how else to do them.