Standing Oblique Crunch

Oblique Exercises Video Series

The standing oblique crunch is great for when you don't have a mat handy or there isn't enough room at the gym. 

Even though you are not on a mat for this exercise, you are still getting that "crunch" movement.

As you lift your legs while bending sideways at the waist, you will feel this in the oblique muscles.

This is more isolated to the oblique muscles but you will be engaging other muscles while doing this exercise.

Your obliques will get a full range of motion with this abdominal exercise. Using your own body creates the resistance and tones the muscles.

For additional resistance, you can hold a dumbbell weight in your hand.

Instead of placing your hands loosely behind the head, bring down the arm as well when you lift your legs to really get in the crunch effect.

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 #5 - Standing Oblique Crunch

Make sure you are crunching and twisting at the side of the abdominal and not crunching straight down for this exercise.
  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Place your hands behind your head with your elbows flared out to the sides. 
  3. At the same time, lift your left knee up to the side and bring down your left elbow crunching to the side.
  4. Return to starting position.
  5. Repeat this move on the left side for several repititions.
  6. Switch knees and elbows to the right side and repeat this move for several more reps.
As with any exercise, make sure to breath to properly oxygenate your body.

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

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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.

Eating After Exercise
After a hard workout your body needs to recover. Part of this recovery is getting re-fueled. Check out this article to learn when and why you should eat after exercising.

Lose Belly Fat
Doing oblique crunches is a great way to tighten and tone the stomach, but if it is covered by a layer of fat, no one will notice. So take some time to add aerobics to your workout as this is what will help you lose belly fat.