Standing Obliques


Today we are gonna work on our obliques. Each time I have a client do this exercise for the first time, their eyes kind of bulge out a little bit because of the weight that I hand them. Trust me, it’s gonna be okay.

You have to go with a weight  that is a bit heavier than what you would normally choose. Our abs are stronger than we give them credit for. You have to remember that they work all day long holding us upright and keeping us in balance. In fact, balance actually originates from your core.

This exercise is a great one for targeting your obliques (also commonly referred to as your love handle region). You should be able to feel it right away, but be careful not to over do it on this one, because trust me you’re gonna feel it even more the next day! 😉

Standing Obliques

1.   Begin by placing your feet hip width apart on the floor. Make sure to stand nice and tall with your core engaged, your chest out and your shoulders back.

2.   Holding the  weight (dumbbell, weight plate or kettlebell) in your right hand, begin sliding the weight down the outside of your right leg until you can feel a good stretch in your left side.

3.   Engaging your core, bring yourself back up to the starting position.

4.   Repeat for a total of 15 reps. Switch the weight to your left hand and repeat on the left side. If you’re new to working out, start with 1 set of 15 on each side. If you’re no stranger to the weight room, complete 3 sets of 15-25 reps each side.

* Consult your physician before beginning this or any other exercise or exercise routine to ensure that it is safe for you and any conditions that you may have.

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