Twisting Crunch

Twisting Crunch


The twisting crunch is an abdominal exercise that involves lying on your back, bending your knees, and lifting your shoulders off the ground while twisting your torso to one side. This exercise targets the oblique muscles and can help improve core strength and stability.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Twisting Crunch Instructions

  1. Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground.
  2. Place your hands behind your head, with your elbows pointing out to the sides.
  3. Engage your core muscles by pulling your belly button towards your spine.
  4. Slowly lift your head, shoulders, and upper back off the ground, while twisting your torso to the right.
  5. Hold for a few seconds, then lower back down to the starting position.
  6. Repeat the movement, this time twisting your torso to the left.
  7. Continue alternating sides for the desired number of repetitions.

Twisting Crunch Form & Visual

Twisting Crunch

Twisting Crunch Benefits

  • Targets the oblique muscles, which are responsible for twisting and rotating movements of the torso
  • Strengthens the core muscles, including the rectus abdominis and transverse abdominis
  • Improves spinal mobility and flexibility
  • Can help alleviate lower back pain by strengthening the muscles that support the spine
  • Can be modified to increase or decrease the intensity, making it suitable for all fitness levels

Twisting Crunch Muscles Worked

  • Rectus abdominis
  • Obliques
  • Transverse abdominis

Twisting Crunch Variations & Alternatives