How To Do Oblique Crunch

Chris Freytag demonstrates Oblique Crunch

Oblique Crunch is a core exercise that strengthens your obliques as well as the other muscles of the core including your transverse abdominus and medial glute. Many ab exercises focus on the rectus abdominus, also known as the six pack! While important, it is also wise to focus on strengthening the rest of the core muscles so that your strength is balanced. If you learn how to do Oblique Crunch you will feel your waistline the next day!

Your oblique muscles are part of the entire picture of your core. Oblique muscles are crucial to core strength. They help you bend side to side, rotate right and left and stabilize and protect your spine. Your obliques have to work in harmony with all of your abdominal muscles to truly give you a tight tummy and a strong, stable back. If you want flat abs you need to look at the whole picture. Good eating, regular fat burning cardio and strength training are all-important. But the core exercises you do need to be all-inclusive. Many middle-age people complain about having a “muffin top” or that extra layer of fat that spills over the waistline of a pair of jeans. Getting rid of a muffin top requires that all-inclusive picture of eating right, exercising regularly, and doing well-rounded core moves.


When performing the Oblique Crunch, be sure to begin by sitting on the “fleshy” part of your side hip. So sit down facing sideways and then roll back slightly until you feel you are sitting on the softer side of your glute. Then lift your legs by engaging your core.

Try this Oblique Crunch in our workout 9 Oblique Exercises to Tone Your Abs.

1) Begin by lying on your side, forearm down, knees slightly bent.

2) Roll slightly back onto your glute, like your sitting on the back pocket of your blue jeans and lift legs a few inches off the mat. Bring top hand behind the head so elbow is also bent.

3) Lift legs up bringing your knees to your elbow while at the same time crunching your elbow toward your knee. Squeeze your waistline with each lift. Perform desired number of reps and switch sides.

Targets: core, back



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