I did 50 oblique crunches a day for a week — here’s what happened to my abs

Oblique crunch

There seems to be a new trend among fitness influencers at the moment, and it involves completely ignoring your oblique muscles. For those who snoozed through biology lessons at school, your obliques are the muscles that run along the side of your stomach. You have internal and external oblique muscles—the two work together to move the trunk, spine, and core.

As a runner, a strong core is important to me both in terms of running strong and running quickly. When you’re running, your oblique muscles control the rotation of your upper body and torso, tying the upper and lower body together as you move. That said, I set about to strengthen my obliques by doing 50 oblique crunches on each side, every day for a week. Read on to find out what happened.


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