Getting ready for the warm weather by hitting the gym? Have some problem areas you’re looking to improve before swimsuit season is in full swing?
Well unfortunately, spot treatment and targeting specific areas of fat through exercise isn’t possible, but if you’re looking to tone up and show off your abs for the summer, here are seven great oblique exercises that will be sure to get you a ripped stomach.
Bicycle Kicks with Elbow to Knee Touches
Lay on the ground with your hands behind your head and your knees bent making 90 degree angles so that your shin is parallel to the floor. Then, straighten your left leg while bringing your left elbow to your right knee, then return your left leg to the starting position and straighten your right leg while bringing your right elbow to your left knee. Repeat.
Side Sit Ups
Lay on the ground on your right side with your knees bent and your left hand behind your head. Use your obliques to perform a sideways crunch so that your elbow can touch the outside of your knee. Lower and repeat, then switch sides.
“Wacky” Sit Ups
Begin in a normal sit up position with your arms to the side of your body. Crunch up half way and hold this position. From here, crunch your body to the right side so that you touch your right heel with your right hand, then, crunch to the other side and touch your left heel with your left hand. Repeat.
Using your right forearm and the outside of your right foot to balance yourself on the floor, straighten your body so that you make a diagonal line from your feet through the top of your head and hold this position. Make sure to keep your hips from sinking down toward the ground. Repeat on the other side. Bonus: While holding the side plank position, raise your outside leg so that it separates from the one on the ground for an added oblique challenge.
Side Twists with Floor Touch
Sit on the ground and bend your knees so that your feet hover above the ground. Twist your body so that you can touch the floor on the left side with both hands, then twist in the other direction to touch both hands on the right side. Repeat.
From a normal forearm plank position, bring your right knee up toward your right elbow, then bring it back to the floor next to your other foot. Then, bring your left knee up toward your left elbow, then return back to the starting plank position. Repeat. Try to keep yourself as flat as you can, and prevent your hips and butt from rising too far up, which will make your body look like a V.
Begin in a pushup position with your feet together and arms straight. Then, slowly rotate onto the outside of your right foot while raising your right arm so that you make a “T” with your body while holding a side plank. Both arms should be fully extended and your body should be a straight line and using your obliques to prevent your hips from sagging. Then, slowly return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.