Last year we listed 5 of our absolute favorite exercises to rip up the obliques, the muscle fibers that run diagonally along either side of the core. We’re back this year for round two, with 5 additional, uber-effective oblique exercises to spice up your ab routine, condense your core, and add some dense, detailed topography to your midsection.
Complete all 5 to produce one oblique-obliterating routine, or sprinkle them in one at a time as a complement to the ab routine you currently have in place.
Exercise 1 – Side Oblique Crunches
Side oblique crunches are a high intensity, compound ab exercise that require strong core stabilization and full contraction of the obliques.
Lie on one side with your feet stacked and forearm firmly planted on the floor. Brace your core and raise your body into a flat side plank bridge (position 1 on the right). Place your top hand behind your head, contract your obliques, drop your hips, and slowly draw your arm towards your waist.
Squeeze the oblique contraction for 1 second, raise your hips, and hyperextend your torso so that the top arm stretches beyond your head.
Return to start, repeat for 10+ reps, and switch sides.