The Ultimate Oblique Workout

I’m guessing you want to work on your abdominals. You want some fat loss and definition in your tummy area. Right?

Well, look no further. I’ve done the research on exercises for the lower abs and found a great oblique workout, and it’s all here for you.

If you’re new to exercise, let me first tell you that exercising at home can be very rewarding. It can be fun and varied too, but quite possibly the real difficulty lies with not knowing which exercises to do to hit the exact area with the desired results.

We are overloaded with information these days about abdominal workouts, and which are the best ones to do. There are always adverts on the telly for the latest abdominal gimmick exercise machine or whatever else may be on offer.

Gimmicks are not the way to look after your abs, nor are they the way to get definition.

Try some fun new exercises in the oblique workout and see the results you can get!

Oblique Workout – The Oblique Crunch

  • Begin this exercise, lying on your back as you would for a normal crunch.

    Performing the crunch
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  • Cross your right foot over the opposite knee, with your left foot flat on the floor.
  • Place your left hand behind your head and your right hand out to the side for stability and balance.
  • Raise your upper body and curl it over towards your right knee.
  • Hold that position for a count of three and then lower yourself back to the start position.
  • This is just one repetition, and you should aim for three sets of between 10 and 12 repetitions.
  • Then change sides and repeat.

Wood Chops – Effective Oblique Exercises

Another highly effective and easy exercise to do are side wood chops. To perform wood chops, you will need a medicine ball, or you can use a light weight.

  1. Stand with your feet approximately shoulder width apart, and whilst holding the ball with both of your hands, take it just to the side of one of your hips. Sink down into a squat position.
  2. Keep your head and chest up and your arms out straight, lifting the ball up across your body in a ‘wood chopping’ motion, until you straighten up and the ball is high above the shoulder opposite to the side you started on.
  3. Lower yourself back into the original position and repeat.
  4. Perform 3 sets of 12-15 repetitions on each side

Swiss Ball Oblique Crunches

  • Lay your right side down onto the exercise ball and try to maintain control of your balance by keeping your right leg and foot on the floor behind you and your left foot slightly out to the front of you, again on the floor.
  • Cross your arms over your chest, and raise your upper body sideways off the ball. You will find that you are only able to move by a few inches, but this is sufficient to work your oblique muscles.
  • Return back to the start position, and repeat up to ten times on each side. Try to do three sets of ten repetitions on each side.
  • You should add more oblique exercises to your oblique workout to help strengthen these muscles in a way that they don’t adapt to the same regular exercises. Variety is very important.

 

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