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Easy Abs Exercise with No Head or Neck Strain

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA


In less than 90 seconds, you’ll learn an effective, yet simple abs move by watching this video.

If you’ve been looking for an abs move that will strengthen your core, but avoid neck strain, you’ve come to the right place.

The Diagonal Bug looks like its name and is great for the obliques and transversus. Similar to the exercise we shared for the rectus abdominis, this one is easy to do correctly while avoiding neck or head strain. Our colleague Shari Kalkstein, from whom we learned this move, is great at creating abdominal strengthening exercises that help you avoid forward spinal flexion.

By the way, if you are watching the video from a chair, while eating a junk food snack, get thee onto a mat and do this exercise along with us.Not with a fox. Wait, I want to be a fox.

Not in your chair.
Not on a dare.
Not with a snack.
Not hurting your back.
You should now try it here or there.
You should now try it anywhere.
You would not like poor, weak abs.
You would not like that muffin flab.





Photo credit: Oblique – Owen.Hyatt

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Working Obliques: Right and Wrong Way

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Ever work out your obliques and have a sore neck afterward? Do you put energy and effort into your ab exercises without really feeling it in the targeted muscles?  Simply wonder if your technique could use some fine tuning?

Shoeshine Boy is Underdog“Never fear, Underdog is here. When help is needed, we are not slow. It’s hip hip hip and away we go!” Who just went on that nostalgia journey with us? Give your abs three points and keep reading.

More to one point, we are here to offer a simple tip to help you get the most out of your oblique exercises.


Simple Tip Revealed:

  • Vertically line up the middle of your face with the middle of your body.  

If you want to sound savvy and smarticle, tell yourself to keep your midline in line from head to chest. Draw a vertical mental line down the center of your face. Do the same for your torso. If your face midline twists in one direction while your body midline enjoys a vacation on the other coast, you are working your neck. Or your shoulders. Or both. But not your obliques. Rotation comes at the space between your ribs and hip.

If you are doing the twist at the neck, well, you might get the Chubbiest neck in town.  Hmm, Chubby Checker actually has pretty good twist form that engages his obliques. See how his neck is not doing the rotation but he’s got a lot of action going on through his center? This could be YOU!

Simple Tip Two:

  • Subscribe to our blog and get our Fun and Fit Abs Collection free!

Or go to our post on Performing Oblique crunches the Right Way. For current subscribers – you can also get our Abs series by emailing us and asking politely .. or breathlessly … or (fill in the adverb).

Readers aka Exercisers: Did your midlines line up? Single file? Left, right, left, right, aye aye?!