Oblique Abdominal Exercises

abdominal crunches

Check out these abdominal exercises to strengthen your oblique muscles. These will work both the internal oblique muscles and external oblique muscles.

There are 4 oblique muscles; 2 internal obliques on each side and 2 external obliques on each side. The oblique muscles help to move and twist.

All of these ab exercises only require an exercise mat. You can in some cases add additional resistance by using a dumbbell weight or a free weight.

List of Oblique Exercises

Most of the exercises in this video series are isotonic. This means they are movers that will engage the muscles during the workout.

To see the instructions and videos, scroll through the page or select the exercise you want from the list below.

Oblique Crunch

Foot 2 Foot Crunch

Side Oblique Crunch

Oblique Plank / Crunch

Standing Oblique Crunch

Straight Leg Pendulum

Abdominal Exercise Tips

Don't work the same muscle groups 2 days in a row. This can lead to tears in your muscles and possible injury. Give your muscles time to heal from your abdominal workout before attempting the same exercises again.

If you are starting to feel pain in your lower back, then stop and do some stretches to relieve the pain. Double check you are doing each move correctly in order to minimize the stress on your back.

Since the back and abdominals are all part of your core muscles, some of these abdominal exercises for your obliques will sometimes engage the back muscle.

You also want to ensure that you are letting the abdominal muscles do the moving for you. Don't use your arms and head to move your body into the crunch position. Keep hands behind your head loose so that you are not tempted to pull up with the head and arms.

Mix these exercise videos with other stomach workouts and body strengthening workouts to get a complete body toning. If you are just starting out, do fewer repetitions until you have built up the muscle strength.

Remember that a few correctly done ab exercises can be more effective than 100 incorrectly performed exercises.

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More Exercise Videos

Abdominal Exercises - Crunches
If you want to work your rectus abdominus, also known as the six pack, then check out this video series. With six different crunches, including the top 3 ab exercises according to one study, you will feel the muscles working when you are done.

Transverse Abdominal Exercises
This series will really target the deep transverse abdominal muscle. With moves like the plank pose and scissor kicks, you will be strengthening and tightening this stomach muscle.

Toning Exercises
This video series also has six different exercises that will work your upper and lower body. With moves like the butt lift, squats and tricep curls, you can get an overall body toning.

Be sure to visit the free fitness video page on this site to see a full list of all exercise videos.

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Back Exercises
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