This medium-impact exercise, also a called torso-twisting sit up, focuses on strengthening your obliques, the muscles responsible for rotating your torso.
Getting in the Starting Position
1Lie on your back on the floor. Bend your knees so that your feet are flat on the floor.
2Lace your fingers behind your head so that your elbows are sticking out to the side. Keep them straight—you don't want to see your elbows in your peripheral vision.
3Tighten your abs. Press your back into the floor.
Performing the Exercise
1Lift your shoulders and head off the floor. Reach to touch your right knee with your left elbow. As you do so, twist your torso so that your elbow still does not come into your line of vision.
2Hold for two seconds. Then, return to the start position.
3Repeat for the other side. Do 10 reps on each side for each set.
1Do 10 repetitions (per side) of this exercise per set. Repeat until you've completed 3 sets. Try not to rest more than 10 or 15 seconds per set.
2In order to start seeing/feeling results, aim to do 3 sets 3 to 4 days a week for 6 weeks. For faster results, increase the number of sets/times per week you do this exercise.
- The benefits of this exercise are increased strength and flexibility in your internal and external obliques.
- To make this exercise less challenging, do fewer reps.
- Do more reps to get stronger abs.
- Potential injuries to your neck and spine may be incurred if this exercise is performed incorrectly.
Things You Need
- Exercise mat (optional)