Oblique Plank Crunch

Oblique Exercises Video Series

This video combines the oblique plank and a crunch all in one workout. The crunch portion of this workout is called a isotonic exercise. These are the movers.

The plank movement is considered isometric exercise. These are static, or non moving, exercises.

You may think that because the isometric exercises are not movers, then they don't really work the muscles as well.

In fact you are engaging that muscle that is being held in that position. Isometric exercises, the non movers, can be very beneficial when training a specific muscle in your body.

Isotonic exercises, or the movers, often engage more than just one muscle group when performing that exercise.

This is also beneficial in order to get more of an overall body workout.

The step by step instructions and video covers both the plank and the oblique crunch.

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 #4 - Oblique Plank / Crunch

Make sure to always breath during your abdominal workout. For this exercise, exhale as you reach up and inhale as you return to the starting position. You will do several reps on one side and then switch to the other side to work both the side abdominal muscles.
  1. For the oblique crunch, lay down on your left side placing your elbow right underneath your shoulder.
  2. Put your feet and hips stacked on top of each other to where only one foot is actually touching the mat.
  3. Place your other hand on your hip.
  4. Lift up, using the oblique muscles, and crunch up your hit towards the ceiling.
  5. Return to starting position. Repeat this 10 times
  6. For the oblique plank, repeat steps 4 and instead of returning to the starting position, hold in place for 10 seconds.
  7. Repeat this for 2 to 3 reps (10 crunches and 1 plank for each rep).
  8. Switch position to lay on the other side and repeat these steps for this side.
As you hold in position for the plank pose, be sure to keep on breathing.

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

Not all mobile devices will display the video correctly. If you are not seeing the full video (or it's not displaying at all), click here to view the oblique plank and crunch on youtube.

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