Isometrics for the Torso

The Isometric Torso Tightener - Instructional Video

By Paul "Batman" O'Brien 

B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Cert Clin. IMed., Dip. Adv. OBB, Dip. CHM, Pn1, PN-SSR, PN-NCA, M.AFPA., M.C.Th.A.

Isometrics for the Torso are always popular. In fact some of the most frequently visited pages to this website are my Isometric Ab Exercises. In this article I am going to teach you 2 exercises for tightening and toning up the external obliques - basically how to get rid of your love handles! :-)  

How to Use Isometrics for the Torso

In my 7 Seconds to a Perfect Body program I teach a lot of techniques to tighten and tone the abs - in fact you can lose up to 3 inches using just 1 of those techniques in less than a week! :-) One of the most effective of those ab techniques is the Side Plank and recently one of my Perfect Body clients asked me about a standing version of this. So I put together this video on how to do it! 

The truth is the most effective ab exercises are performed Standing Up. But no gym instructor or personal trainer will tell you that and the reason is, most don’t know. Pilates and stability ball instructors are perhaps closer to the secret of the six pack than anyone else. In both, you are taught basic pelvis and abdominal tension, but they never get further than that. They never get to the good stuff.

The secret to a well toned waist, a firm trim tummy, and strong sexy six pack – is all contained in 1 word - Isometrics. If you haven’t read the reasons behind isometrics and why they work in my earlier articles go back and do so now – it’s important.

The Isometric Torso Tightener - Instructional Video

How to Perform the Standing Isometric Oblique Crunch

  1. Stand tall and straight, feet about 12 inches apart. 
  2. Interlace your fingers and place them behind your head, keeping the elbows back.
  3. Breathe in for 3-4 seconds and as you do so pull in your stomach and lean as deeply as possible to one side.  
  4. Contact the abs and obliques as hard as you can, crunching the side of the body while powerfully stretching the opposite side, while breathing using the breathing method in Perfect Body – this will cause inter-abdominal contraction 
  5. Continue contraction while breathing out for 7-12 seconds. 
  6. Breathe in for 3-4 seconds, keeping your abs under tension.
  7. Repeat on the oppostie side. 

For extra fun try the variations in the above video! :-)

You've been watching my instructional video on Isometrics for the Torso - get some other great free Isometric Exercises for the abs here - or check out 7 Seconds to a Perfect Body for the complete program. 

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