When it comes to working the oblique muscles, trainers love turning to the bicycle crunch exercise. The variation of the OG crunch gets you bendy across your core, which leads to that satisfying soreness along your sides once you’re done. But if you’re not doing the bicycle crunch properly, your obliques aren’t going to benefit one bit.
To make sure that you’re not doing all of that crisscrossing for nothing, Nike master trainer Traci Copeland is spilling the most common mistakes she sees in bicycle crunch form (also known as “yogi bicycles,” she says). In this week’s episode of The Right Way, Well+Good’s YouTube series that dives into exercise move fundamentals, Copeland reveals the four major form mistakes that she sees people make in the staple core move, all of which sabotage your ab work.
When she demonstrates the wrong way to do bicycle crunches, it