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Crunch (Side)

Target Muscles: Internal and external oblique, rectus abdominis Starting Position: 1. Lie on the floor or on an abdominal bench on your side with your  knees slightly bent. 2. Place your top arm behind your head. The Movement: 1. Slowly exhale as you raise your head and shoulders a short distance  off the floor or bench, aiming your ribs towards your top hip. 2. Hold for a count of two; then breathe in as you return to the starting  position. 3. Repeat for the required number of repetitions; then perform the  exercise on your other side. Tips: • Aim to reduce the space between your ribs and hips. • Do not worry if you don't reach up very far - concentrate on feeling the  movement. • Keep your head in line with your body ­ don't jerk it upwards.
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