Side Oblique Crunch

Oblique Exercises Video Series

The side oblique crunch is very similar to the first video you watched in this series. However, in this one, instead of twisting as you crunch, you start with your body slightly twisted while lying on the mat.

I sometimes call this one the twisted oblique exercise. It is the twisting motion in these workouts that really engage the oblique muscles.

You have internal and external oblique muscles and this exercise will work both of these muscle. You will also be engaging the rectus abdominus muscles to some extent.

Make sure to let the muscles do the work and don't pull forward with your hands and head.

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 #3 - Side Oblique 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. Lie on the floor with knees bent and back pressed to the floor.
  2. Place your hands loosely behind your head.
  3. Drop both knees to your right to work the left side of the oblique muscles. This will twist your body slightly for this exercise.
  4. Now crunch up, keeping your head straight, until your shoulders are off the ground. Remember to exhale as you do this.
  5. Return to starting position while you inhale.
  6. Do this for 10 - 20 repetitions and then repeat for the other side.
Try not to twist as you crunch up as your body is already twisted to give you that oblique workout.

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

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