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.
Which Muscles Are Worked?
Primary MusclesSide Abs
Secondary MusclesAbs Neck Hip Flexors
How to do oblique crunches Properly
Step by Step Guide
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.
A common mistake is performing the movement mostly from the head and arm instead of focusing the movement at the torso. Pretend as if you’re drawing the armpit toward the hip. Close the space between those two by side bending the torso. This will fire those obliques and work them more effectively.