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Oblique Crunches

  1. Start out by lying on your right side with your knees bent and your legs lying on top of each other.

  2. Place your hands behind your head.

  3. Now place your hands lightly on either side of your head keeping your elbows out. Do not lock your fingers behind your head. 

  4. Once you are in this set position, begin by pushing the small of your back down in the floor and roll your shoulders off the floor as you would as you perform a normal crunch except this time the main emphasis is on your obliques.

  5. Crunch as high as you can, hold the contraction for a second and then slowly drop back down into the starting position.


  • While you cannot add resistance to this exercise you can concentrate on slow controlled movement.


Alternative Exercises for Oblique Crunches 

  • Crossover Crunches

  • Bicycling

  • Oblique Ball Crunches 

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