Stop Wasting Time on Side Bends, Torso Twists & Other Oblique Exercises... Try These Killer Oblique Ab Workouts!
by Craig Ballantyne, Men's Health Magazine Fitness Expert, Author of the Best Home Abdominal Workouts Program
Most ab training programs neglect one of the most important muscles in your “core”. Sure, you can do tons of crunches and sit-ups, but if you aren’t properly working your oblique muscles, then you won’t have the complete 6-pack package.
And while your first thoughts of oblique exercises are dumbbell side bends or bicycle crunches, I’ve got 3 killer ab & core exercises for you today that are just as effective and safer for your low back.
If you do all 3 of these abs exercises once per week along with one other ab workout later in the week, you’ll double the effectiveness of your ab workouts.
Plus, you can do this ab workout anytime, anywhere. You don’t have to do it just at the end of a regular workout. You can do it in the morning before work, in your office (if you have privacy), in the park at lunch, or while watching your kids or TV at home. It’s so simple and effective, yet doesn’t require any equipment. It’s the perfect three-exercise ab routine for building a sharp set of oblique muscles to compliment your 6-pack abs.
Do each exercise back to back with no rest between exercises. At the end of the circuit, take a 1 minute rest before repeating the circuit 2 more times. If you are a beginner, make the beginner modifications to each exercise and do the circuit only 1 time for the first week. In the second week, you can bump it up to 2 circuits, and finally to 3 circuits in week 3.
Follow this program for 4 weeks, and then add in some new exercises, remove some of the old exercises, and change the order and repetition scheme of the exercises. You need to change every aspect of your workout every 4-6 weeks so that you don’t get bored and so that your program stays as effective as possible. Don't forget that your main focus should still be full body workouts and not just ab workouts if you really want to have lean six pack abs.
Here’s the 3-exercise abs oblique obliteration circuit:
1) Cross-Body Mountain Climber – 10 reps per side
2) Side Plank – 30 second hold per side
3) Spiderman Pushup – 8 reps per side
Here are detailed descriptions of how to do each exercise:
Cross-Body Mountain Climber
Try adding these abs and obliques exercise circuits into your regular workouts or on alternate days. Give it some time and dedication and you'll have razor sharp obliques and rock hard abs in just a couple cycles.
Make sure to check out Craig's new Home Abdominal Workouts Program below:
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