Side Crunches A Complete Guide

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Side crunches are a great exercise for strengthening your abdominal muscles. They work the obliques, which are the muscles on the side of your torso.

Ho to do It:

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Here is a complete guide to doing side crunches:

1. Lie on your side with your knees bent and your feet together.

2. Place your hand on your hip and brace your abs.

3. Crunch up and rotate your torso towards the ceiling, using your obliques to lift your shoulder off the floor.

4. Pause for a moment, then slowly lower yourself back to the starting position.

5. Repeat for 12-15 reps, then switch sides and repeat.

Side crunches are a great exercise to include in your abdominal workout routine.

Consult a doctor before beginning any exercise program if you have a history of medical conditions or surgery, including blood clots in the legs, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, fractures in the hip or spine, organ transplant, or pulmonary dysfunction.

Advantages of Side Crunches:

Strengthens the arm, shoulder, and core muscles

Stabilizes a wobbly pelvis

Reduces lower back pain

Improves your sense of balance

A simple Side crunch is an excellent way to give yourself a quick break from sitting in front of the computer, while also improving your strength and stability. This pose can be done at any time or place. While holding this posture for 30 seconds you will notice that it becomes increasingly more difficult to maintain good form as fatigue sets in. Therefore, start practicing this pose with short holds of 10 seconds and work up to longer hold times after several weeks.

Adequate rest between side crunches should be taken so that a moderate level of fatigue is achieved. If full fatigue is attained every side crunch session, the hold times will become easier and less productive.

Disadvantages of Side Crunches:

Like every other exercise, there are dangers associated with Side crunch including muscle strain and joint injury. Since the Side crunch is done on one side, it may leave the body unbalanced. It is important to follow proper form and include other exercises to ensure the balance of the muscles involved.

Though not life-threatening, Side crunch can also cause severe pain. If an individual has suffered back or hip injuries in the past, this exercise should be avoided until examined with a doctor to prevent further injury.


Side crunches remain an excellent choice for core workouts due to their ability to target specific muscle groups (abs, glutes) while also strengthening the shoulders, chest, arms, back, and legs. Although there are some risks associated with doing Side crunch daily for extended periods (particularly if already suffering from injuries), it has many benefits for everyday life including preventing injury, boosting energy, and strengthening the core.

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