Oblique Workouts for a Strong Core

Oblique Workouts for a Strong Core

Many abs-focused exercises, like crunches, tend to target the same few muscles in the abdominal group — the rectus abdominis and transverse abdominis. However, you also need to work those muscles on the sides, your internal and external obliques, to build both strength and stability. “When you have strong obliques, it gives you greater mobility in everyday movement, because they support you when you’re twisting, but they also take pressure off the lower back and shoulders,” says Minneapolis-based trainer Aaron Leventhal, C.S.C.S. “You simply have better alignment overall, and that helps with endurance and performance,” he adds. Not surprisingly, some of the best ways to firm up your obliques are through twists or oblique crunches. But there are plenty of other options for keeping your oblique exercises fresh. Try these five to get started: 1. Side Plank Hip Lifts “There are some common weak points in the human body that the side plank hip... Read More