How To Exercise The Obliques-The Most Effective Ways

Welcome to ‘how to exercise the obliques’. Unfortunately, the obliques are not as popular as the abdominal exercise, often referred to as ‘six pack’, among body builders. But it is yet one important aspect that is being ignored. Some might even say, what is ‘oblique’? Well I am going to define the obliques.

Actually, there are two parts to obliques;oblique

  • The external oblique
  • And the internal oblique

The external oblique is the outer part of the side of the abdomen, whereas the internal oblique is underneath the external oblique. They are responsible for turning the back and also bending from the side. Strong obliques help to prevent lower back pain and posture problems.

Therefore, giving more attention to the obliques could do a lot of good. Speaking of giving attention to the obliques; there are ways to effectively exercise the obliques, in order to get good results.

Observe these guidelines when exercising the obliques

  • To effectively exercise the obliques, you should first of all do a ‘warm up and stretch exercise’, because not doing what you ought to do before exercising the obliques can actually become a waste of time. So, some aerobic warm up and stretching will be a good starting point.
  • Always breathe out (exhale) especially when lifting your upper torso up off the floor, ordinarily, that’s the most difficult part.
  • Always do the right form of the exercise in a lesser repetitions , than doing a whole lot of repetitions that are worthless, thereby defeating the essence of the exercise. That would be termed as ‘quantity over quality’. It is better doing 8 to 20 repetitions that are ‘correct’ than doing many repetitions that are not correct.
  • Do not lift from your neck when doing the side oblique exercises, instead let the lifting be done from your oblique, otherwise an injury could be sustained. Keep your chin slightly up when exercising.

Exercising The Obliques

Weighted oblique static holds are one of the most effective ways of exercising the Weighted-Oblique-Static-Holdsoblique. This is done by laying on one side of the body with your upper and lower body straight. Start by slowly crunching your legs toward your torso. At this point, squeeze your obliques/side and hold for like 45 seconds. Do not worry if you are unable to hold that long, but hold for as long as you can. Gradually you will learn to hold for 45 seconds as you progress. Do same to the other side of your body too.

This could be done with or without using a weight, just as it could be done with dumbbells (weight).

Side plank with knee pull is yet another effective obliques exercise that is simply done by side-plank-knee-tuck-femalelaying sideways on your right elbow with the other hand on your waste. Making sure your entire body is straight while laying on your right elbow, gradually pull your right knee towards your chest and hold for like 45 minutes. Also do same to the left side of the body.

This could be done with or without weight.

The ‘Russian decline twist’ is done by way of sitting on a declined bench, with your back decline-russian-twisthalf way off of the decline bench. Hold a medicine ball or weight with both hands and start twisting your upper body from from one side to the other.

Oblique cable crunches overload the abs with heavyweight, and once your abdomen is standing obliquestrengthened you can cable crunch up to 100 to 120 pounds!

And this is done by standing with your legs apart, in order to give you the much needed balance, grab the cable from behind you and pull over your shoulder, while bending forward/sideways at the same time.  Also repeat on the other side too.

This is called ‘standing oblique cable crunch’, however there are other forms of oblique cable crunches that are also effective.

Conclusion

Exercising the oblique consistently and correctly can strengthen and slim your waist line. Just like I mentioned earlier, it will help prevent back pain and give a strong posture. Like any other exercise, it is important that we give attention to our obliques.

18 thoughts on “How To Exercise The Obliques-The Most Effective Ways

  1. Outstanding post and your use of words, graphs, and videos to effective work out the oblique’s is very powerful and will make many achieve their 2015 goals. Keep up the awesome job!

  2. Great post on the obliques. Yes! A lot of people forget them because they focus on their abs, but they are so important for posture and to prevent lower back pain. Thanks for the exercise tips.

  3. Excellent information on how to effectively exercise Obliques my friend!
    I agree with you that it will help prevent back pain and give a strong posture. I personally used to have bad posture. But after doing some of these exercises, my posture was told to be awesome like an alpha male 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this again. Really a great excersie for obliques!

  4. I had some back trouble years ago and A chiropractor recommended that I do ‘oblique’ exercises. I had no idea what he was talking about, but he gave me a sheet describing two exercises that used and haven’t had a problem since. They don’t look like any of the ones you have here. They were very gentle and I guess they were designed for people with back problems in the first place, so they couldn’t be too demanding on the back. They were more like stretches than exercises. I still use them occasionally and I still remember my confusion when I first heard the name obliques mentioned.

    1. Hello Eoinmc, Yes they may not look like any of those and may be gentle, that is for two reasons; first all, there are other ways to exercise your obliques, so he could have given you from those I did not cover here, and secondly, some of the exercises here are mainly ‘hard core’ obliques exercises for body builders.

  5. I am actually looking for ways to tone up my abdomen – especially that baby bump. I am focusing a lot of sit-ups and haven’t really thought of any other way. These obliques exercises sound like a good alternative. Not sure if I have the strength to go on side plank, but will give it a try 🙂 Thanks for sharing this.

  6. hi!
    This is a good variety of exercises for obliques! I can feel the pain just looking at them 🙂 I love kickboxing for the obliques, it is such a great exercise! My abs are burning as we speak from kicking the bag 🙂

  7. This is very helpful. I like how detailed you are and the videos also help. I tried these exercises this morning and I’m still feeling it. I really like to run. In your opinion is it better to run before or after these workouts?

    1. Hello Young,

      I suggest you can do the running before or after these workouts. The point is that, you mustn’t do both at the same time. You will either do the running in the morning and do the workout in the evening. And this also depends on the intensity of your workout or running. You may have to do them on separate days, that way your body will recoup. So listen to your body!

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