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Oblique Crunch 3
over the Exercise Ball




Illustration of the Oblique Crunch on the Exercise Ball - 3

Starting Position
  • Lie on the exercise ball as you did for the 2 previous versions of this exercise (Lying on the exercise ball)
  • Put hands behind your head and without interlocking your fingers.
  • Your feet should be hip width or closer together.
  • Your body should form a straight line from your knees to your head.
Action
  • Raise your shoulders and reach with your right hand up and across to the left in one smooth movement.
  • Visualize the distance between your right rib cage and your left hip as getting shorter.
  • Pause for a second or two and return to the starting position.
  • Keep your lower back in contact with the ball at all times.
  • The ball should not move during this exercise.
  • Repeat this with the other arm.
Prime Movers
  • Abdominal muscles, neck flexors
Physio Tips
  • Keep your chin toward your chest as though you were squeezing an orange between your chin and your chest.
  • Press the tongue against the roof of your mouth to help facilitate the deep neck flexors and avoid neck strain.
  • If you find this too difficult go back and work on Oblique Crunch 2 or Oblique Crunch 1.
Progression
  • Bring your feet closer together.
  • Use a firmer stability ball.


oblique crunch start

oblique crunch finish




1ballsRepeat this ball exercise 6 times.

2balls
Repeat this ball exercise 10 times.

3balls
Repeat this ball exercise 15 times.




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