A strong and good-looking core and six-pack have to include the sides of your core. Discover how to get ripped obliques with these 3 abs exercises according to Jeremy Ethier.
Jeremy Ethier is a kinesiologist and fitness trainer, co-founder of Built With Science. His YouTube channel has over 4 million subscribers and he delivers clear information with sound background research.
Strong obliques can help visually narrow your waistline and add more definition to your midsection, so it is in your best interest to train them. Find out how to get ripped obliques with these 3 abs exercises.
How to Get Ripped Obliques With These 3 Abs Exercises
To activate even more your obliques when doing ab movements, you need to focus on two functions of the obliques: posterior pelvic tilt and abdominal drawing in. The next 3 exercises will incorporate that and also spinal flexion, lateral flexion, and torso rotation.
1. High-to-Low Cable Woodchoppers
- 10-15 reps
This exercise applies weighted resistance directly and in line with the diagonal way that the oblique fibres run.
The abs and obliques are just like any other muscle and should be overloaded over time to optimally shape and develop them. The high-to-low cable woodchopper exercise is precise and effective at exactly that. Just make sure you avoid using the arms, but rather lock in your elbows and use the rotation of your body to move.
2. Bicycle Crunch
- 15+ reps on each side (focus on the contraction and fatigue of obliques)
This exercise incorporates all the functions of the obliques in one fluid movement. To maximise the effects of this exercise, flatten your back against the floor (pelvic tilt) and draw your abdomen by exhaling and bringing your belly button towards your spine.
3. Twisting Leg Raise
- 10-20 reps
The leg raises are great to activate your core, especially your lower abs, but adding that twist at the end will make this an incredible oblique movement. Just make sure to tilt your pelvic and draw in your abdomen in before doing the reps.
If you want to know more on how to get ripped obliques with these 3 abs exercises, check out Jeremy Ethier’s full explanation in the video below.
VIDEO – How to Get Ripped Obliques With These 3 Abs Exercises
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