Wake Up Your Obliques With the Diagonal Side Sit

Wake up your oblique side with the diagonal side sit!

The diagonals are very useful when doing any type of exercise or even just sitting down. They allow you to keep your spine straight while still being able to move around freely.

You may have heard of the diagonal sit-up before, but did you know it was invented by one of the most famous bodybuilders ever?

His name is Arnold Schwarzenegger. He used them during his training sessions and they helped him tremendously. You might not think that you need to do them every day, but if you want to get stronger then you will definitely benefit from doing them.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

How to do the diagonal sit-up (or any other type of side bend) correctly. How to perform the diagonal sit-up properly. What exercises you can do instead of doing the diagonal sit-up. Why you shouldn’t worry too much about doing a regular sit up. And many more!

What Is A Diagonal Sit Up?

The diagonal sit-up basically looks like somebody going up and down on a seesaw, except the person doing the exercise is lying face-down on the ground. It may not look like it would be that beneficial, but believe me it is!

It’s important to note at this point that there are actually two different types of diagonal sit-ups: the traditional side bend (or oblique crunch) and the reverse crunch.

How To Do The Traditional (Side Bend) Diagonal Sit-Up

The traditional type of diagonal sit-up will help you to work on your obliques. Your obliques are located on the sides of your stomach. Most people would think that sit-ups are only for working your abs, but this is actually a great way to target your obliques and give them that nice toned look.

Start off by lying on the floor with your legs stretched out. If you want, you can hook your feet under something heavy like a chair to keep them from moving. Next you’ll want to bend your arms so that your hands end up by your ears. This will be your starting position. While keeping your back as straight as possible, breathe in and slowly lift your head and upper body off of the ground.

You want to stop when your elbows are at a 90 degree angle. Exhale and slowly lower yourself back down to the floor. Go back to starting position and do that exercise ten more times.

Wake Up Your Obliques With the Diagonal Side Sit - gym fit workout

How To Do The Reverse Crunch

The reverse crunch is a great exercise for targeting your rectus abdominis, also called your six pack. Since this is probably the most common type of exercise that people do to work on their abs, you should really try to incorporate it into your daily routine.

To start off you should lie down with your head facing down. Your legs should be straight and your arms should be bent with your hands clasped together under your lower back. Inhale and lift your head, neck, and shoulders off of the floor while at the same time lifting your legs a few inches off of the floor. Exhale and slowly lower your upper body and legs back down to the floor. Go back to your starting position and do that exercise ten more times.

Tips & Warnings:

Though it isn’t always necessary, you may want to use some hand weights for this exercise so that you can work harder and get better results.

It’s very important that you don’t swing your body in an effort to lift yourself up. All you should be using is your abs to lift up and down.

There are many more great exercises that you can do to work on your abs. Even though the diagonal sit-up and reverse crunch are great for working on your abs and obliques, you should still try to incorporate other types of exercises such as jogging or running on a daily basis so that you can get the most out of your body, and so that you don’t get bored with doing the same thing over and over.

Sources & references used in this article:

The low diagonal (oblique) sit exercise by J Gudmestad – Yoga Journal, 2003

Effects of diagonally aligned sitting training with a tilted surface on sitting balance for low sitting performance in the early phase after stroke: a randomised controlled … by C Liebenson, K Sato – Journal of …, 2014 – bodyworkmovementtherapies.com

Subtitling: diagonal translation by K Fukata, K Amimoto, M Inoue, D Sekine… – Disability and …, 2019 – Taylor & Francis

FAQ about Abs by H Gottlieb – Perspectives: studies in translatology, 1994 – Taylor & Francis