Oblique floor crunches (twist crunches)

STRENGTH

What are side crunches and the benefits?

  • The Crunch-Oblique is a beginner exercise that targets the CORE muscles that allow one to bend to the side and twist the torso (“obliques”).

 

Who should perform it?

  • This exercise is appropriate for those who have good CORE strength and good flexibility in the upper and lower back muscles.

 

Getting Started:

  • Lie flat on the back. Position the arms along either side of the body.
  • Bend the knees until the feet are flat on the floor.
  • Place the right hand on the back of your neck at the base of the skull for support throughout this exercise.
  • The left arm should be at your side with your palm facing the ceiling.
  • Keep the eyes focused on the ceiling throughout the exercise.

 

How to Do the Exercise:

  • Lift the right shoulder off the floor.
  • Rotate the trunk until the right elbow points at the opposing knee. Hold and squeeze the tummy.
  • Slowly return to the starting position, and then repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

 

Be Safe!

  • Do not exert pressure or pull on the neck.
  • Do not let the head curl forward where the chin touches the chest.

 

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