Oblique Crunch Exercise

The oblique crunch is very similar to the crunch exercise with a twist.

The start position of both exercise begin at the same position as a regular crunch, but as you lift off the floor you will do a slight twist of your body in order to engage the oblique muscles.

You have two choose where you can put your arms, you can put you arms across your chest or you can loosely put you hands behind your head to give it a little neck support.

If you do choose to put you hand behind make sure the your obliques muscles do the work and don’t pull you head up with you hands.

The crunch will engage but your external and internal obliques as well as the rectus abdominus muscles.

Step On Doing The Stability Ball Crunch

This exercise is one of the more common oblique workouts. It is effective and only requires an exercise mat.

1.The side crunch is done a supine position (on your back)

2.Once in place cross the knee opposite the oblique the muscle you wish to work.

3.The right hand goes behind the head, while the other is out to the side for stability.

4.Crunch the oblique muscle by moving the elbow across the body toward the knee.

5.You should reach with your elbow and try to touch your knee.

6.Exhale each time the elbow approaches the knee.

7.Perform several repetitions on one side before switching to the opposite side.

Watch the video to make sure you are doing this exercise correctly.

While doing this exercise make sure to keep your foot on the floor to minimize movement of your hips. 

If you want you can add some resistance for more advanced workout and some weight. You can grab a free weight and hold it across your chest.or you can also use a dumbbell weight while doing this exercise.

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