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How to Do Side Crunch at Home?

Side Crunch at Home: Quite literally, a crunch with a twist! Frequently confused with the bicycle crunch, this variation strengthens the upper abs and obliques inward. Your abdominal muscles will feel the burn with each movement of this exercise.

Side Crunch – Requirements

Equipment required: Mat (optional)

Sets & reps: 3 sets of 15-20 reps each

Intensity: Low (beginner)

How to do side crunch?

  • With your knees bent, lie flat on your back on the floor.
  • Place your hands slightly over your ears, touching the side of your head with your fingers.
  • Raise your upper body alternately in the direction of either knee. You can attempt this by bringing your right elbow into contact with your left knee.
  • Curl your upper body up and twist to build stress in the major target area, the upper abs.
  • Hold for a few seconds before gradually resuming the beginning posture. This is one repetition.

Tip: This exercise is a modification of the standard crunch; in that it involves rising the torso in the crunch but with a slight twist in the side crunch.

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