My Favourite Oblique Exercise

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So you want an insane mid-section? You have the crunches, planks and flutter kicks down to a T, but are you training your obliques? If you didn't know, the oblique is one of four muscles in the abs. It is the long muscle that runs down either side of your abdominals (hence why it's called), they ultimately separate average abs to killer abs. They stabilise our whole core strength and are hella important when it comes to any weightlifting move. The obliques also resist your torso from turning, which helps protect your spine.

Now this exercise is often called a standing oblique crunch with a kettlebell. If your gym doesn't have many kettlebells to hand, grab a dumbbell, it'll do the same job. If you haven't done this before, I recommend starting with 6kg, if you train abs already, go for a 10kg. If you find any of the weights to easy, that means you need to step it up! Try doing 4 sets of 10 reps (thats 10 on each side).

How To Perform:
  1. Pick up your desired kettlebell and stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Hold the kettlebell in one and and start to lower it down your leg, while your spine and back stay straight, bending at the waist and go as far down as your flexibility will allow you.
  3. Concentrate on the oblique opposite to the side with the kettlebell and pull up so you're standing straight again.

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Obliques are often a pushed aside muscle (poor things), so don't ignore the abs neighbours and get working on them. Not to mention doing this move will fight those love handles that just won't budge. Add this next time you train your abs.

I'm thinking of doing more exercise focused posts, the brainwave came over me in the gym last night, I hope you can incorporate them into your routine to mix it up a little! Let me know if you try this.

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