Primary muscles: Obliques
Secondary muscles: Abs, hips
Equipment: No equipment
Exercise for the opposite muscles: Alternating superman
STANDING SIDE CRUNCH INSTRUCTIONS
1. Stand with your knees slightly bent, your feet hip-width apart and your hands behind your head.
2. Shift your weight to the left leg, crunch to the right side and bring your right knee up toward your elbow.
3. Lower your right leg and return to the starting position.
4. Switch legs and repeat until set is complete.
PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN
Keep your spine and neck neutral, your chest up and your core engaged. Breathe out as you crunch and try not to bend your spine forward or swing your hips back and forth.
Adding standing side crunches to your workout routine helps to target the oblique muscles and tightens the entire side ab wall more effectively. It also improves your balance, increases strength and stability, and burns more calories than side crunches done on a mat.
SETS AND REPS
To calculate the number of calories burned doing the standing side crunch, enter your weight and the duration of the exercise: