What Are Some Good Exercises to Get Definition in Your Obliques?


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Some good exercises to get definition in your obliques include barbell side bends, decline side crunches and side jackknives. Other exercises to help with oblique definition include bicycle crunches, medicine ball twists and side planks.

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Barbell side bends, which are exercises that help with oblique muscle definition, involve holding a barbell and resting it on the trapezius muscle. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart, and straighten your back. Bend sideways as much as possible while inhaling. Hold this sideways position for one or two seconds, then return to the original resting position, and exhale. Repeat the exercise for the other side of your body, and do 15 full repetitions.

To perform decline side crunches, lie down on the decline side bench and ensure that your torso is at an angle of 35 to 45 degrees to the floor. Use your upper abs to crunch upwards, turning slightly just before reaching the top of the crunch. Do this for each side; your left elbow should touch your right knee and your right elbow should touch the left knee. Complete 12 to 15 repetitions.

To do bicycle crunches, lie flat on your lower back with your hands behind your head. Keep your knees perpendicular to the ground while moving the feet in cycling motions. Kick alternate legs forward, and ensure that your knees touch your chest at the top of the cycling movement.

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