Standing Side Crunch

Standing Side Crunch


This exercise involves standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and lifting one knee up towards your elbow on the same side, while simultaneously crunching your torso towards that knee. It targets the oblique muscles and helps to improve core strength and stability.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Standing Side Crunch Instructions

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides.
  2. Place your right hand on your right hip and extend your left arm straight up towards the ceiling.
  3. Engage your core and lift your left leg off the ground, bending it at a 90-degree angle.
  4. Bring your left elbow down towards your left knee, crunching your side.
  5. Return to the starting position and repeat for 10-12 reps on one side before switching to the other side.

Standing Side Crunch Form & Visual

Standing Side Crunch

Standing Side Crunch Benefits

  • Targets the oblique muscles, which are responsible for twisting and rotating the torso
  • Improves core stability and balance
  • Can help reduce waistline fat and improve overall body composition
  • Can be done without equipment and in a small space
  • Can be modified for different fitness levels by adjusting the range of motion or adding weights

Standing Side Crunch Muscles Worked

  • Obliques
  • Abdominals
  • Hip flexors
  • Quadriceps

Standing Side Crunch Variations & Alternatives