Oblique muscles, also known as the obliquus externus or opposite muscle, is a group of three pairs of muscles on the lateral sides of the abdomen between the lower ribs and hip bones. They are important for stabilisation during oblique abdominal exercises such as oblique crunches.
An oblique workout routine helps to tone the obliques and build strength in these muscles, which also gives definition to the waistline. However, oblique workouts are not optimal for burning fat in this region of the body. To lose oblique fat faster, combine your oblique workout with a balanced oblique diet.
Oblique Workout Routine
The oblique muscles are divided into three distinct muscle groups, the external obliques, internal obliques , and transverse abdominis. Different types of oblique workouts target specific oblique muscles. The following oblique exercises are best for building strength in the obliques.
1. Oblique Crunches
To do oblique crunches, lie on your side with your legs bent and feet stacked hip-to-hip. Keep a pillow or towel in between your knees for comfort. Ensure that your head is supported by the floor or the bed and that you have enough space to extend both arms overhead. Engage your obliques and lift your upper body off the floor while keeping your feet stacked, and bring both arms towards one knee. Return to starting position and repeat with the other side.
2. Oblique Twists
This oblique workout targets your obliques as well as your waistline, hips, hips, groin, lower back, obliques, and obliques. Sit with correct posture on an exercise mat or firm cushioned surface, keeping your spine straight. Keep your feet together and slightly elevated off the floor so you feel stable. Place one hand behind your head and bend your knees, bringing them up to a 90-degree angle with the floor. Twist your upper body to the left, bringing both knees toward your right hand. Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.
3. Oblique Leg Lifts
This oblique workout also targets the obliques as well as obliques, triceps, obliques, obliques. Lie on your side with a pillow or towel placed between your legs for comfort. Ensure that you have enough space to extend both arms overhead and that your head is supported by the floor or the bed. Engage obliques and lift up both legs off the floor while keeping them together, and bring both arms toward your feet. Return to the starting position and repeat with the other obliques.
4. Standing Twists With Dumbbells
You can include oblique workouts that use dumbbells in your oblique workout routine to give obliques a good burn, as well as obliques, obliques, hip flexors, obliques. Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Keep your spine straight and hold a dumbbell in each hand over your head. Engage obliques and twist to the right as far as comfortable while keeping both feet firmly planted on the floor. Repeat oblique workout on the other side.
5. Oblique Leg Raises
This oblique routine targets obliques,hip flexors, obliques. Lie flat on your back with your legs extended straight up in the air and bend your knees so that they are at a 90-degree angle with your hips.
Keep your obliques engaged and bring one leg down toward the ground, maintaining a 90-degree angle throughout the oblique workout routine. Return to the starting position before repeating the oblique workout on the other side.