Myostatic Side Crunch Exercise – Abs

May 31, 2011 by

Abs Exercises


Myostatic Crunch is one of the best exercises for your abs. You can perform this exercise even if you are complete beginner.

The reason that regular crunches don’t work is because in regular crunches you are not using Full Range Of Motion ( ROM ).  The balance ball provides you with the room to stretch allowing you to move through the full ROM.


Lay down on the balance ball with your feet wide apart and firmly on the ground.  Bend your body backwards and your hands overhead, almost touching the floor.


Abs Exercises


Using your abs slowly come up as if you were doing a crunch, but keep your back straight.


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Now you will twist your body to one side. This counts as one rep. Return to starting position and do the same thing on the other side.


Abs Exercise


Perform 3 sets of 10 if you are a beginner. If you are more advanced,  do 3 sets of 20.




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  • Robert

    can you put a video of how to do the balance ball as i have a herniated disc. I would like to see the bouncing as i feel pain when bouncing thus interested in knowing the extent of the bouncing..

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  • Annie

    I really like your workout pants 🙂 Did you buy them or make them?

    • Thank you :), these one’s I bought but I’m sure it’s quite easy to make them.

  • Juanita L Glass

    I have a herniated disk that is pushing against my spinal cord in my neck….I wonder if this will work. It seems that the more I’m up and keep busy, the better I feel. I do a lot of walking and light exercise and some yoga. The longer I sit the more it hurts.

  • deebee

    Hello Tatiana, I just received my MRI results that indicate herniation in L5-S1 and small herniation in L4-L5 but I haven’t had any pain down my leg or numbness. My back was killing me but is better after few visits to my Chiro. My question to you is, how long did you wait before going back to your normal workout routine? I used to do yoga 3 times a week, 2 bootcamp/circuit classes a week, run a couple miles each week and free weights twice a week. I mix and match. All this has stopped because of my back. And I’d like to know if will ever be able to workout again. 🙁