Oblique Crunches with Plate

Oblique Crunches With Plate

You can do crunches until the cows come home, and you may never see those sexy v shaped abs that you’re after.  There are two things you have to remember if your goal is to get a six pack.  First you have to remember that you’re body fat is going to have to be pretty low (so you’re lean), and secondly you have to train your abs and obliques as you would any other muscle group.  The oblique crunches with plate as well as the oblique crunch with cables are an awesome obliques super set to add to your abs workout.  I’m going to show you both of them.

V Shaped Abs

Just to clarify (as if you didn’t know) v shaped abs refer to the vertical indentation on either side of the abs.  you might also hear them called Apollo’s Belt, Adonis Belt, or the “money maker.”  Technically this is called the Iliac Furrow because of the Iliac Crest which runs from just above the hip down to the groin region… thus creating a “v shape” on either side of the abs.

Oblique Crunches With Plate

The rectus abdominus are the abs muscle (or rather muscle group).  Training them is important with any core training workout, however you can’t ignore the obliques!

You don’t need gym gloves for most of your obliques exercises to be honest, but having something between your skin and the weight is always a good idea to increase grip and ease hand fatigue.  GymPaws® Weight LIfting Grips are the best gym gloves because they don’t get in the way.  In this video I’m wearing the Brazil Flag GymPaws® (of course.)Oblique Crunches With Plate

How To Do Oblique Crunches With Plate

1. Grab a challenging plate and hold it in one of your hands with your arm extended straight to your side.

2. Proceed to lower the plate straight down towards the floor.

3. As you start moving back up, focus on “crunching” your obliques on the opposite side.

4. Return to the starting position.  This completes one rep.

Rather than switch back and forth, finish your set on one side before moving to the other side.

Oblique Crunches with Cables

This is basically the same movement as oblique crunches with plate, however you’re using dynamic resistance by using the cable.

Dynamic Resistance means that there is constant tension at every stage of the movement vs. when you’re using a free weight where there is little if any resistance at the top or bottom of the movement.

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