Oblique Workouts – Best Obliques Exercises

The following oblique workouts, involving standing abdominal obliques exercises, require stability and balance, creating extra challenge for your core muscles.

side raises for oblique workout

Try to include these obliques exercises into your abs routine whenever possible.  You could create a circuit including one set of each exercise, followed by 10 minutes of intense cardio exercise, and then repeat the complete circuit of obliques exercises and cardio two more times.  Try to do this 3 times a week and you’ll soon be losing inches from your waist.


Oblique Workouts


Side Twist 1oblique workouts

Start by standing with your feet a little more than shoulder width apart, raising both of your arms out sideways with elbows bent to a 90-degree angle, and with your fingertips pointing up to the ceiling.

As you do this, point your left foot out to the side and then twist your upper body round until your left arm is at the front and your right arm is behind you at the back.

Perform between 10 and 12 repetitions, then return to start position and repeat on other side.


Side Twist 2oblique workouts

Start in position for side twist 1 above.  Twist your upper body back round towards the left and lift your knee up until your thigh is parallel with the ground.

Keep your abs firm throughout this controlled movement.

Repeat 15 times and return to start position.

Change sides and repeat 15 times.


Upside-Down Pendulumoblique workouts

A.  Start by standing with your feet about shoulder width apart.  Take a 5lb dumbbell weight in each hand and extend your arms up to the ceiling.  Your head will now be in between your arms.

B.  Bend as far over to the left as you can, whilst keeping your hips and shoulders facing forwards.

As you complete your stretch over to the left, rotate your arms towards the floor and then back to straight out in front of you, finishing with your arms up over your head.  This movement should be performed smoothly.

Repeat on the other side.

Perform 10 repetitions on each side.


Standing Oblique Crunchoblique workouts

A.  Start by standing with your feet a little more than hip-width apart, your weight over your right leg, and a 3-5lb dumbbell held in your left hand.  Raise your left hand up and stretch it over your head to the right.  Stop when you feel a stretch in your waist on your left side.

B.  Curl your torso over to the left, lifting your left knee up and left elbow down until they meet each other (imagine your are cracking a nut between our ribs).   After each repetition, tap the ball of your foot onto the floor.  This maximizes the use of your core.

Return to start position.  Do between 10 and 15 repetitions, and then change sides to repeat.


Balance Crunchoblique workouts

A.  Start by standing with your feet together, take a 5lb dumbbell in each hand, and extend your arms out forwards, slowly tilting forwards from the waist.  As you lean over, lift your left leg until both this leg and your upper body are parallel with the floor, and your head is in between your arms.

B.  Bend your arms and bring the weights in to your chest.

As you do this, raise your left knee up towards your chest until your elbows and knee meet at your waistline.

Return to start position and repeat up to 15 times.

Change sides and repeat.

More abdominal exercises, including some obliques exercises can be viewed in the following short videos:

 

 

 

Try to include obliques exercises in your abdominals routine as much as possible – remember core muscle strength is important for a strong and healthy lower back as well as to get the definition you are after.