Oblique Crunches

Oblique crunches are a crunch exercise that effectvely target your side abs (a.k.a. love handdles), upper abs and front abs (also known as the six-pack muscles). If your midsection is growing out of proportion and pouring out of the waistband of your pants, you’ve got a muffin top, and it’s time you add this love handle buster exercise into your workout routine to firm your obliques and slim your waistline.

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While the belief that you can spot reduce (slim down just a particular area of your body) is commonly held, it’s hardly true. Doing an exercise that just targets one muscle or area is a sure way to slow down your slim down and waste your effort.

The fastest way to shrink one area of your body is to recruit as many major muscle groups as you can in the area of your interest in a signle exercise.

In the case of love handles, it’s not only important to target your side abs, but also all the other muscles surrounding the sides of your abs. That includes front and deep abdominal muscles and muscles in the lower back.

In addition to the oblique muscles, this oblique crunch exercise effectively strengthens and tones almost the entire midsection by activating, front, side and deep abdominal muscles and all surrounding muscles in the lower back region. That’s one of the reasons, why this side crunches are one of the best ab workouts for women. 

Keep reading below to learn to how to perform the oblique crunches 

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How to do oblique crunches?

A. Lie on the floor facing up with your knees bent and feet shoulder width apart. place your hands behind your head. Tighten abs.

B. Lift your chest up from the abs and bring your left elbow towards your right knee. In other words, your body will be moving diagonally as your lift and twist. Return to the starting position and perform on the other side. Repeat 8 to 10 reps each side to complete the set.

Misato Alexandre


After making healthy living a priority, Misato lost over 20 lbs in less than 90 days. Instead of weight loss being a dreading experience, living the lifestyle of health and fitness granted her more happiness and joy than ever before. She co-founded Fitwirr to make health and fitness simple for everyone and share her tips through writing evidence-based articles on nutrition, weight loss, and exercise.

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