This is the 4th article on how to get ripped abs and a flat stomach the first tree are about a complete set of workouts, the lower abs and the upper abs, this article is about the obliques abdominal muscles.
To really have a fantastic looking abdominal section your obliques play one of the most important roles for that ripped look.
In this article I am going to be concentrating on the obliques muscles and listing how to perform obliques abs exercises with perfect form and technique for maximum results.
Let’s get started with the first obliques exercise.
1. Obliques. Crunch on floor.
Lying on your left side with your knees together and slightly bent, put your left arm out to stabilise yourself your right arm on the back of your head.
Now looking forward crunch up as if you were trying to touch your feet with your elbow, your body should be coming of the floor by about 4 inches, at the top of the movement squeeze the oblique muscles and slowly lower yourself back to the floor and repeat the exercise.
To make the exercise harder put tour legs out straight and lift your feet up as you crunch upwards, try not to bend your neck or tuck your neck in as you crunch upwards.
2. Obliques. Reaching crossover crunch.
Lying flat on the floor with your knees bent, and your feet flat to the floor.
Put your arms down by your sides with your fingers pointing straight.
Start by curling your body up and pointing to the left or the right, squeeze the muscles at the top then slowly lower yourself back down then repeat the exercise to the opposite side of the body.
Once you feel your upper back lift of the floor stop curling up, if your lower back starts to come off the floor you have gone too far.
3. Obliques. Twisting leg raises.
Get in position on a captains chair, these can be used for dips or lower abs.
With your forearms flat on the pads and your legs out straight your back should be flat onto the pad on the back of the workout station.
Keeping your back flat onto the pad and your legs slightly bent raise your legs up to one side and twist your knees from one side to the other lower your legs back down then repeat the exercise.
Keep your head looking forward don’t look down, this will let you do more reps as it won’t inhibit your breathing.
4. Obliques. Crunch stability ball.
Position yourself on a ball with your feet flat on the floor. Touching your head on the side with your fingers roll down the ball until your upper back is just touching, your head should be in line with your body.
Slowly crunch yourself up twisting your right shoulder to your left hip until your lower back is of the ball, squeeze the abs then lower yourself back to the starting position then twist to the other side of the body, alternate back and forth for the entire exercise.
To make the workout harder raise the opposite knee to the side you are crunching from, so if you are crunching up with your left shoulder lift your right knee.
5. Obliques. Lying twist with medicine ball.
Lie flat on the floor with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor.
Holding a medicine ball extend your arms out towards your knees.
Keeping your arms out straight crunch up to one side then back to the floor and raise yourself to the other side, if you don’t have a medicine ball just use a weight or something easy to hold with some weight.
Try some of these obliques abs exercises with your abs workout and see what happens, but remember you have to lose weight to really show of all the hard work you have been putting in.