Primary muscles: Abs, obliques
Secondary muscles: Core, quads, hip flexors
Equipment: No equipment
Exercise for the opposite muscles: Bird dogs
Side Crunch Leg Raise Instructions
1. Lie on your back with your legs fully extended and your arms by your sides.
2. Raise your left leg and your upper back off the floor, reach your arms to the left side, and crunch.
3. Switch sides and repeat.
Proper Form And Breathing Pattern
Keep your core engaged, relax your neck, maintain the lower back pressed against the floor, and keep your legs straight. Breathe out as you raise your leg to a 90-degree angle and crunch to the side, and inhale as you lower your leg back to the initial position.
From the Shop
The side crunch leg raise targets your abs and obliques, sculpts the abdominal wall, and slims down your waist. This exercise also challenges and strengthens your legs and core, and improves muscle endurance and stamina.
Side Crunch Leg Raise Demonstration
Sets And Reps
Do 2 or 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions, on each side. And for a thorough core workout combine the side crunch leg raise with the plank bird dog, frog crunches and the side plank hip lifts.
To calculate the number of calories burned doing the side crunch leg raise, enter your weight and the duration of the exercise:
Related Core Exercises
Try these other core exercises to tighten, sculpt and strengthen your abs, obliques, lats and lower back:
Dumbbell leg loop
Side plank rotation
Star toe touch sit ups
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