Side Sit Up

Side Sit Up


This exercise involves lying on your side with your legs bent and lifting your upper body off the ground using your oblique muscles. It helps to strengthen and tone the abdominal muscles and improve core stability.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Side Sit Up Instructions

  1. Start by lying on your side with your legs bent at a 90-degree angle and your feet stacked on top of each other.
  2. Place your hands behind your head or cross them over your chest.
  3. Engage your core and lift your upper body off the ground, bringing your elbow towards your hip.
  4. Lower your body back down to the starting position.
  5. Repeat for the desired number of reps on one side before switching to the other side.

Side Sit Up Form & Visual

Side Sit Up

Side Sit Up Benefits

  • Targets the oblique muscles, which are important for core stability and rotational movements
  • Improves overall core strength and endurance
  • Can help improve posture and reduce lower back pain
  • Can be done with minimal equipment and in a small space
  • Variations of the exercise can be done to increase difficulty and challenge the muscles in different ways

Side Sit Up Muscles Worked

  • Obliques
  • Rectus Abdominis
  • Transverse Abdominis
  • Hip Flexors

Side Sit Up Variations & Alternatives

  • Oblique side sit up
  • Weighted side sit up
  • Side plank with hip dip
  • Side plank with leg lift
  • Side plank with twist