Oblique Crunch

Oblique Exercises Video Series

The oblique crunch is the first exercise in this series of videos.

This is very similar to the traditional crunch but with a slight twist - literally.

You will begin in the same starting position as the regular crunch, but as you lift up, you will slightly twist your body in order to engage the oblique muscles.

You can either cross your arms across your chest for this workout or place your hands loosely behind your head to give your neck a little extra support.

If you do place your hands behind your head, make sure to let the oblique muscles do the work and don't lift up with your hands.

This move will engage both the internal and external obliques as well as the rectus abdominus muscles.

To see all the oblique exercises in the series, just use the next/previous buttons located below the video on each page.

This series is focused on the oblique muscles. Here are additional stomach exercises that work different parts of the abdominal muscles.

Exercise #1 - Oblique Crunch

This exercise is one of the more common oblique workouts. It is effective and only requires an exercise mat.
  1. Start by lying flat on the floor, knees bent and feet on the floor.
  2. Place your hands loosely beside or behind your head, making sure to use your oblique muscles and not your hands to lift your body.
  3. Lifting your left arm and brining your left shoulder off the ground, twist slightly and reach towards your right knee.
  4. Slowly return to starting position.
  5. Repeat this move on your left side for 8 to 15 repetitions.
  6. Repeat on the right side for the same number of reps.
Focus on keeping your feet flat to the floor and minimize movement of your hips.  If you want you can alternate sides each time instead of doing all reps on one side and then switching.

If you want to add some resistance for a more advanced workout, add some weights. You can use a free weight and hold it across your chest or even hold on to a dumbbell weight while doing this exercise.

Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move correctly. 

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