Straight Leg Pendulum
Oblique Exercises Video Series
The straight leg pendulum is the last in the oblique exercises video
It is called this because of the way
you move during this ab workout.
Your legs will swing like a pendulum
giving you that twist at the waist.
This is also sometimes called the tic toc, the windmill or the straight
leg oblique exercise.
Any exercise that has you twisting at the waist are engaging your side
These side muscles are your obliques. There are the internal and
external oblique muscles.
The back and forth tick tock motion of your legs really gives you a good
twist at the waist. It is fully engaging the side ab muscles.
This is a slow side to side motion and not a quick movement. Make sure
to breath in as you lower your legs and exhale as you return them to
the starting position.
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 #6 - Straight Leg Pendulum
No special equipment is needed for this abdominal exercise. Just grab
your mat and get ready to work your obliques.
- Lie on your back making sure the back is flat to the floor during this
- Place your arms straight out to the sides as if you are
getting ready to make a snow angel.
- Place your hands palm down on the floor. This will help
give you stability as you do this exercise.
- Lift your legs straight up in the air towards the ceiling
until they are at a 90 degree angle with the floor.
- Using a slow and controlled movement, drop your legs to one
side as far as you can go.
- Still using a slow and controlled movement, bring your legs
back up and then slowly drop them to the other side as far as they can
- Repeat this for several repetitions ensuring your shoulders
and upper back stay flat to the mat.
This exercise is more advanced than other oblique exercises and does
require control on your part. Don't swing the legs to quickly as
momentum, and not your ab muscles, will be doing the work.
Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move
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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
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.