Oblique Crunch

Exercise Summary
Primary Muscle(s) Abdominals
Secondary Muscle(s) None
Equipment Bodyweight
Emphasis Isolation
Type Pull

Oblique Crunch Instructions

  • Lie down on the floor with your legs slightly bent at the knee. 
  • Rotate your hips subtly to one side. 
    • 11 o'clock if targeting the right oblique.
    • 1 o'clock for the left.
  • Whatever side you are trying to work, put that respective hand behind your head. 
  • There will be slight rotation with this exercise since your hips are rotated. 
  • Initiate and control the movement with your obliques by elevating and rotating your torso subtly towards the knee.
    • Your elbow will come off of the ground towards the knee.
    • This is not a large range-of-motion.
  • Return to the starting position and feel your oblique lengthen during the eccentric.


  • This is a controlled movement with a limited range-of-motion. Resist the urge to speed through it.
  • Everything is initiated and controlled by the obliques, not momentum.
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