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Fun and Fit: Right, Wrong Ways to Do Oblique Ab Crunches

Follow along as Kymberly and Alexander demonstrate the proper — and not-so-proper — technique

By Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams, MA, Noozhawk Columnists |

[Noozhawk’s note: This is the seventh in an ongoing series on abs. Click here for the first part. Click here for the second part. Click here for the third part. Click here for the fourth part. Click here for the fifth part. Click here for the sixth part.]

We are asked all the time about working the sides, “muffin top,” “love handles” or waist. So we shall waste no time and show you the wrong and right ways to do an oblique crunch.

Enjoy a quick video tutorial from Thing 1 and Thing 2:

And now, a message from your sponsor (the obliques):

X marks the external and internal obliques.
X marks the external and internal obliques.

» Your external obliques run diagonally, forming a V in front. Imagine you’re putting your hands into a vest or front coat pocket — voila!

» Your internal obliques run at right angles to your external obliques and form an inverted V. Put your hands on your hips with your thumbs in front and fingers behind, pointing down as if putting your hands into back pockets.

For those of you who like the nitty-gritty, oblique-y details, here’s an excellent definition by our colleague Dr. Len Kravitz, who teaches at the University of New Mexico and is way smart!

Now you know the official terms for “I want my waist to be fit and trim, but don’t want to copy any of those lame exercises I see people do in the gym that are destined to hurt their back or neck.”

Well, did you do the oblique crunch along with us? Feel free to post a video of your wrong or right favorite ab move on our fan page. Or comment below between reps 412, 413, 414, 415 ...

— Identical twins and fitness pros Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams have been in the fitness industry since the first aerobics studio opened on the European continent. They teach, write, edit, emcee and present their programs worldwide on land, sea and airwaves. They co-write Fun and Fit: Q and A with K and A. You can currently find them in action leading classes in Santa Barbara and Goleta. Kymberly is the former faculty minor adviser at UCSB for its fitness instruction degree offered through the Department of Exercise & Sport Studies; Alexandra serves as an instructor and master teacher for the program. Fun and Fit answers real questions from real people, so please send your comments and questions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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