Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredBodyweight
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePull (Bilateral)
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Abs Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Lying Alternate Heel Touches Overview

The lying alternate heel touches exercise is an exercise used to isolate the muscles of the obliques.

The exercise mimics other oblique exercises such as the dumbbell side bend and oblique crunch.

One would perform this exercise to assist in building a well-developed mid-section.

Lying Alternate Heel Touches Instructions

  1. Lay supine in a relaxed position with your knees up and arms straight out towards your feet.
  2. Exhale hard and reach toward the base of your heel while contracting your abs and curling up.
  3. Inhale as you slowly lower yourself back to the starting position and repeat on the opposite side.
  4. Complete for the assigned number of repetitions.

Lying Alternate Heel Touches Tips

  1. Exhale hard like you’re blowing out candles on a cake and hold the contraction for a second in order to improve mind muscle connection.
  2. If your lower back bothers you during this exercise, choose more anti extension and anti rotation based movements.