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Lying Side Crunch

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  Primary Muscle Group: Abdominal Obliques

Muscle Groups Worked in This Exercise: Rectus Abdominis

Preparation: Lie upper back supine on floor or mat. With both legs together, knees and hips bent, position outside of leg to down to side. Use no weight or hold weight to opposite side of head or across upper chest.

Breathing: Breath out on the contraction of the muscle and breath back in on the way back to the start position.

Execution: Flex waist raising upper torso off surface. Return until the back of the shoulders return to surface. Repeat and continue with movement in the opposite position.

Comments: Exercise can be performed without added weight until more resistance is needed. Certain individuals may need to keep their neck in a neutral position with a space between their chin and sternum.

Here are a few suggested alternative exercises:

  • Ab Crunch Obliques
  • Ball Crunch Traditional
  • Dumbbell Side Bends
  • Lateral Bend with Barbell
  • PowerBlock Dumbbells