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Wrong and Right Way to Do An Oblique Crunch [Video]

A week ago we posted a video showing 4 exercises that aren’t worth your time, which had a few readers asking us to please show safe exercises for the obliques (instead of a bicycle crunch crash).

Your wishes are granted, as we pulled this video from our YouTube channel that shows the wrong and right way to do an oblique crunch.

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We also include two bada-boom-bullets that explain things awfully well, along with a not-too-graphic graphic:
Internal & External Obliques

  • Your external obliques run diagonally, forming a V in front. Imagine you’re putting your hands into a vest or front coat pocket.
  • Your internal obliques run at right angles to your external obliques and form an inverted V. Put your hands on your hips with your thumbs in front and fingers behind, pointing down as if putting your hands into back pockets.

Now you know the official terms for “I want my waist to be fit and trim, but don’t want to copy any of those lame exercises I see people do in the gym that are destined to hurt their back or neck.”

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When the paparazzi try to photograph your obliques

Did you do the oblique crunch along with us? Feel free to comment below between reps. 412, 413, 414, 415 ….

Want more abdominal exercises tailored and curated to YOU? Then check out our “Ultimate Abs Workout Collection for Women Over 50” (over 23 videos, 10 modules, popular abs questions addressed).

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by Alexandra Williams, MA and Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA

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Reverse Curls: An Unusual Abs Exercise

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Ultimate Abs binder imageHow are your abs muscles different from other muscle groups? Did you know that your abs can do something your hamstring, biceps, pecs, quads – heck, any of the other muscles we hope you are tempted to train –can’t?

An example of this mystery property in action is the reverse ab curl, aka a great and safe core exercise.

Before getting to our video and the answer to this intriguing Abs question, take a look at our recently released program: “Ultimate Abs Workout Collection for Women Over 50” (over 23 videos, 10 modules, popular abs questions addressed). Check out the link if you want a stronger core and better abs.  Moving on now to reverse curls.

Sing Along: We Got the Abs Right Here, The Method’s Oh So Dear, And Here’s Some Ladies Gonna Make it Very Clear. Can Do, Can Do, We Both Know That You Can Do (this exercise).

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Hips Lift Toward the Ceiling

We’ll give you a hint. Then you can try the reverse curl exercise in our video that targets your lower fibers and strengthens your entire midsection. No neck flexion required. No crunches or planks involved. This is a fun and safe ab exercise.

Read This Hint

Kymberly: When you train your biceps, your hand moves towards your shoulder. But you don’t bring your shoulder to your hand, right?
When you target the hamstrings, for example, you contract the heel towards the buttocks. But you don’t bring your hiney to your heel.

Alexandra: Just wondering – what am I training if I ask a handsome guy to move his hand toward my shoulder?

Kymberly: Now picture a crunch and a reverse curl. In the former you lift your upper body in the direction of your lower body. With the reverse curl you … wait for it, wait for it .. you bring your lower body, or hips, towards your upper body.

Work in Both Directions

In other words, you can work the abs from the top down or the bottom up. Given the spine’s joint structure, you can train the abs in both directions. Double bonus, just like having twins answer your active aging questions!

In our 35 years each of teaching fitness on several continents, we know most people prefer to target the lower fibers when doing abs exercises. That means choosing exercises that contract, compress, or lift your hips towards your upper body – whether sitting or lying down. If that is your goal as well, then give this move a go. You’ll get so toned you’ll want to get out your white boots and fringe vest and go-go.

pic of reverse of abs curl done wrong

Don’t Swing Your Legs in a Reverse Abs Curl

Watch This Video to Work From the Bottom, Up and Become Tops!

Just to make sure you really understand how to do this move, we’ve shown both correct and incorrect form.

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Kneeling Core Move: Ab-Fab-ulous!

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Are you ready for another core move that will strengthen your abs and is a bit of a challenge?

Kneeling Core Move – Lean Waaaaay Back

The kneeling core move has you on your knees, but not begging for forgiveness! Everywhere a belt would touch is where you’ll have to contract. When you do this move correctly, you will feel your abs engaging and working for sure. Done right, your glutes stay pushed forward and contracted throughout.

 

Our short video shows both the right and wrong way to get the most from the Kneeling Core Move.

 

 

The tricky thing about this core exercise is that it’s easy to do wrong. So we recommend using a mirror the first few times you try it. You will think you are hinging at the floor, yet may be be actually hinging along the spine (bending at waist or hips, tipping at shoulders).

If you feel off-balance, you’re probably doing it right. If your behind sticks out, you are doing it wrong and will get zero abs benefit. You will improve your hula hooping though! If the Kneeling Core Move seems easy,  check your form or have someone check it for you. (After you both watch the video of course).

Want more ab and core moves?  Try our Rotating Abs Exercise then check whether you have True Core Strength.

Then you’ll have More More More, How Do You Like It? More more more CORE core core! Sing along with us now.

Try this exercise both clockwise and counterclockwise and let us know what you think in the comments below! We also hope you subscribe to our YouTube channel.

 

 

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“Rotating Abs” Exercise = Stronger Core

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Dear Fun and Fit: I tried the core assessment move in your post, ‘Do You Really Have Core Strength?‘ and flopped like a fish. Now that I’m confirmed as a fish with a weak core, do you have a post or video as to what I do next to strengthen my abs? Give up and eat mud pie?  Nora, Atlanta, GA

For you, Nora and all our interested readers, we offer another exercise in our series of effective ab workouts. This one shows the wrong and right way to perform a rotating core move.
After you try this (and watching the video while muttering, “unh hunh, I can do that exercise correctly” doesn’t count as trying), you might still have enough energy to work your way through our series of ab exercises. These ab workouts will definitely have you rotating, flexing and possibly whimpering! Dare we slam down a pun and suggest that this move will prevent you becoming an alba–core!).

Let us know – were you able to do this rotating core move without propping up on your elbow or shoulder? What bad habits do you have when it comes to core workouts?

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