oblique crunches Muscles Worked

Oblique crunches are a core exercise that work all of the abdominal muscles, even the side abdominals. Strengthening the abdominals is crucial for maintaining a stable lower back, especially with lifting tasks. The side abs are called obliques and they create a toned side waistline.

Diagram of primary and secondary muscles worked from Oblique crunches

Muscles Targeted

Primary Muscles

Side Abs

Secondary Muscles

Abs Neck

How to do Oblique crunches

Begin lying on your side with the legs slightly bent and stacked one on top of the other. Place your bottom hand on your tummy (so you can feel your side abs) and your top hand behind your head with the head resting on the ground.

Crunch your top elbow toward your top hip bone as you raise the head and shoulders off the ground slightly.

Then, lower back down to the ground and relax your head.

Repeat for the desired repetitions, on both sides.


Animation of how to do Oblique crunches