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


Obliques Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Side Crunch (AKA Oblique Crunch) Overview

The side crunch, aka the oblique crunch, is a variation of the abdominal crunch.

The exercise is used to isolate the obliques - which is critical in building a complete mid-section.

Side Crunch (AKA Oblique Crunch) Instructions

  1. Lay supine in a relaxed position with your knees stacked to one side.
  2. Place your contralateral hand behind your head for support and use your free hand to palpate your abdominals.
  3. Initiate the movement by squeezing your abs to raise your torso off the floor, slowly lower yourself back to the starting position and complete the assigned number of repetitions.
  4. Repeat on the opposite side.

Side Crunch (AKA Oblique Crunch) 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.
  3. Avoid putting the hands behind the head as this can lead to excess strain upon the neck.
1 Comment
Posted on: Fri, 02/08/2013 - 12:10

wood chopper is good exercise for 'oblige '