The summer is finally upon us here in the UK, so whether you’re planning on making the most of this rare weather or jetting abroad for a well deserved summer holiday, it appears for once, you’ll be getting some sun either way!

With the sun and summer holidays just a stones throw away, last minute exercise crazes and diets also seem to become more popular than ever. Out of nowhere, individuals that have lived on a fast food diet and never once stepped in a gym, are training harder than ever in an attempt to achieve that Peter Andre ‘mysterious girl’ physique!

Whatever your reasons or motivation for exercising, here at FitnessBeans we salute your efforts. Although ideally, health and fitness should be a long term goal and commitment that you evolve into your everyday routine, we understand that this is simply not the case for everyone. So for those of you that are looking to inprove your physique and in particular your abdominal region, what exercises are out there to help you achieve this?

Many individuals opt for the traditional crunches and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this. However, there’s more to your abdominals than simply your upper abdominal region. A further part of your abdominal complex is a region called your Obliques, which in simplistic terms run from your ribs to your hip areas. Not only can these muscles be toned and tightened to add desirability to your torso, but they also help increase intra abdominal pressure and support the vertebra during exercise.

Side Oblique Crunch Exercise

One exercise which is perfect for targeting and working the Obliques is an exercise called the side Oblique crunch. This article explains exactly how to perform this exercise correctly;

How To Execute
  1. To commence, lie on your side on a gym mat.
  2. Place your forearm on the mat, directly under your shoulder and perpendicular to your body.
  3. Place your upper leg directly on top of your lower leg.
  4. Ensure that both your hips and knees are in a straightened position.
  5. This is your starting position.
  6. To perform, raise your hips upwards through side flexion of the spine.
  7. At the top of your movement, momentarily hold before lowering yourself slowly.
  8. Return to the start position. This is one repetition. Repeat as required on both sides.
Side Oblique Crunch Exercise Exercise Video

This exercise can be further enhanced in terms of difficulty by adding weight on your hip or performing the exercise with your supporting elbow or foot on an unstable surface, such as a wobble board.

Final Word

So there your have it, whether you’re in the process of getting in shape for the summer sun or are simply looking to add a few new exercises to your existing abdominal repertoire, the side oblique crunch exercise really is an exercise to concentrate on. Not only will it go some way to help you achieving that look you want, but it also provides support and stability to your lower back during alternative movements. It’s a win-win situation.