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Best Exercises For The Obliques

April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 207

When everyone talks about getting a six pack, they rarely speak of the other muscles in your core. The muscles that make your six pack 'pop' and look all the more dramatic. The muscles I am speaking of are the obliques. They are the muscles on either side of your abdominals - beneath your ribs. Most do not know this but when the obliques are worked on sufficiently, they can enhance the appearance of being 'ripped' provided your body-fat is low enough. Without further ado, we shall take a look at some of the best exercises for the obliques.

1. Twisting sit ups - The classic oblique exercises is the twisting sit up. It is rarely ever used to great effect because it could be argued that many simply do not know how to perform it properly. To perform the exercise properly, you must deliberately squeeze your abdominals when you perform the 'twist'. Simply twisting your upper body is not enough. This is the single biggest six pack shortcut - the contraction.

2. Ab Rollout - The ab rollout is primarily a stretching and contracting movement which can be modified or adapted to work on the obliques. One of the best ways in which you can do this is by rolling out your abdominal exercise wheel to either side. This is a simple and effective way to work on your abs.

3. Windscreen wipers - Windscreen wipers are an advanced 'hanging' exercise best performed while suspended from a pull up bar. Novices are advised to use straps as they will probably lack the requisite grip strength and endurance to hang on long enough to finish your set. The twisting motion of these is so much more effective as there is a greater range of motion and you are dealing with more weight (your legs).

4. Side bends - Side bends are awesome. You have to be careful with these as they can add undesirable inches of muscle to your waist. Getting too enthusiastic with side bends could leave you with a thick waist which ruins the V-shape illusion we all desire. I'd perform these with a light weight for multiple reps to increase muscle tone as opposed to fuelling muscle growth.

5. Side crunches - last but not least is the humble side crunch. Like the twisting sit up, you need to squeeze hard on the concentric movement and slowly perform the eccentric movement in order to reap the benefits of this exercise. Going through the motions and aiming to do tonnes of reps will NOT give you the full benefit.

Remember to perform these in moderation. You'll want to avoid adding too much muscle as that will thicken your waist and leave you with a less desired 'square' or 'blocky' physique. Keep everything light and perform lots and lots of reps!

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