Side Oblique Crunch

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Oblique side crunch
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Body only
  • Muscles Targeted: Obliques, abs
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 8-10 reps each
  • Variations: Side oblique crunch with legs vertical, with legs elevated on Bosu ball, and with arms extended
  • Alternative: None

The side oblique crunch is a necessary addition to your abdominal workout routine if you want a toned waistline with stronger core and obliques. Unlike the basic version, you perform this exercise by lying on either side of your body with the legs stacked up on top of each other.

Side Oblique Crunch Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Oblique side crunch
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Body only
  • Muscles Targeted: Obliques, abs
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 8-10 reps each
  • Variations: Side oblique crunch with legs vertical, with legs elevated on Bosu ball, and with arms extended
  • Alternative: None

How to do Side Oblique Crunch

Start the exercise by lying on the left side with the legs positioned on top of each other and the knees slightly bent. Placing your right hand behind the head, initiate the movement by moving the right elbow up thereby performing the crunch to emphasize your obliques. Crunching as high as possible, pause for a second and then descend into the initial position. Perform the reps and then switch sides.

Side Oblique Crunch

Oblique Side Crunch Tips

  • Do not push at the back of the head with your hand, as it will reduce the contraction of your core and obliques.
  • Avoid pulling your chin into the chest so that you can keep the neck relaxed. Instead of the chin, lead the movement with your chest.

Variations

  1. Side Oblique Crunch with Legs Vertical: Performed in the same way as the basic version except that you keep your legs extended with the feet slightly raised off the floor.
  2. Side Oblique Crunch with Legs Elevated: Involves lying on the floor with your legs positioned on a Bosu or stability ball and then performing the crunches.
  3. Side Oblique Crunch with Arms Extended: Done by lying on any of the sides while keeping the arms extended overhead and the elbows in line with each other.

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