Oblique Sit Ups

Oblique Sit Ups
Oblique Sit Ups

Oblique Sit Ups

Oblique Sit Ups are a great intermediate exercise that targets your oblique muscles, which are located on the sides of your abdomen. This exercise helps strengthen these muscles, providing better support for your core and improving your overall stability and posture.

Muscles Worked:
Oblique Sit Ups primarily target the internal and external obliques. These muscles are crucial for twisting and bending motions, helping you with activities like golf swings, tennis serves, and even daily tasks like bending to pick something up.

Oblique Sit Ups Step by Step

  • Lie on your back with one foot over your knee, forming a figure-four shape with your legs.
  • Place your hand behind your head, with your elbow pointing out to the side.
  • Engage your core muscles and lift your head, shoulders, and upper back off the floor.
  • Rotate your torso and bring your elbow towards your opposite knee.
  • Slowly lower back down and repeat on the other side.
  • Continue alternating sides for the desired number of repetitions.


  • Controlled Movements: Focus on engaging your obliques throughout the movement to keep it controlled and effective.
  • Avoid Bouncing: Do not bounce off the floor to prevent strain on your lower back.
  • Slow and Steady: Perform the exercise in a slow and controlled manner to maximize muscle engagement and reduce the risk of injury.

Similar Exercises

  • Russian Twists: Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet lifted. Hold a weight or medicine ball and twist your torso from side to side.
  • Side Plank Hip Lifts: Start in a side plank position and lower your hip towards the floor, then lift it back up.
  • Woodchoppers: Stand with a weight or resistance band in both hands, raise it above one shoulder, and then bring it down diagonally across your body.

Here are some similar exercises you can also try:

Incorporate these exercises into your routine to further target and strengthen your oblique muscles. Remember to listen to your body and consult a fitness professional if you’re unsure about any exercises.

Find more exercises in our Exercise Encyclopedia


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