This abdominal obliques is not really suitable for beginners as you can strain your muscles trying to perform the movement. Both are members area and abdominal ebook have over 200 different abdominal exercises suitable for all levels, working the obliques and main abdominal muscles.
Lie on your back, with your left hand supporting your head but never pulling on it.
Lift both legs off the floor, taking your right leg over your left, crossing at your knees.
Exhale and slowly lift up from your shoulders, bringing your right knee up towards your chest, whilst lifting your upper-body, focusing on taking your left elbow to your right knee.
Inhale and slowly go back to the starting position.
The exercise can be made harder by taking the legs in and out throughout the movement.
You can make the exercise easier by resting the other elbow on the floor, to use this as a pivot to assist with your lift.
Aim to work one side at a time, then change sides (both arms and legs), you should note however, that because all of your abdominal muscles were working whilst twisting to the initial side at the beginning, you may find it harder to perform the same amount of reps once changing sides.
Intermediates aim for 2 sets of 10 - 15 reps each side.
Advanced work as above, however hold the final phase for 1 - 2 seconds, feeling the muscles worked.
For a challenging workout, why not try one of our sample ABS WORKOUT