Strong obliques will make your waist appear slimmer, improve your posture, support your lower back, and make your clothes fit even better. These move target your obliques and abdominals, while also increasing pelvic mobility and cardiovascular strength.
Warm up by jogging for 5-15 min and then start.
Elevated Mountain Climbers
Find an incline or plyo box and position hands on the incline slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Pull one leg in toward chest.
Alternate leg positions by pushing hips up while immediately extending forward leg back and pulling rear leg forward under chest. Do 2 sets of 30 reps.
Start in a decline plank position off of a bench, chair, or couch with hands under shoulders, core engaged.
With a straight right leg, lift up and keeping leg straight drag over towards the outside of right hand, tap toe down to the floor and lift back up to return to starting position. Do 3 sets of 10 and repeat on opposite side.
Side Plank with Hip Dips
Start by lying on one side, propped up on one elbow, keeping body in a straight line, feet stacked on top of one another, hips lifted.
Lower slowly down until hip barely touches the ground, then lift back up. Do 10-12 reps, holding last rep for 15-30 seconds before dropping. Repeat on opposite side.
Curl with a Twist
Lay down with knees bent and feet flat on floor, hips-width apart. Holding either a small exercise ball or light weight, point elbows out to the side and curl up, pressing lower back down into the mat. Hold for 10 seconds, engaging the abs.
Twist upper body to the left while keeping the back of the waist on the floor. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on the opposite side.
Start in on all fours with knees underneath the hips and wrists underneath shoulders. Exhale to engage the abs and lift the knees to a hover off the mat.
Kick the right leg under body and across to the left as you rotate hips to the left and drop left heel to the mat. Simultaneously, reach left arm up. Return to all fours and hover. Do as many reps as possible for 30 seconds. Repeat on opposite side.
A sexy six pack is the sum of a number of important parts-the obliques are at the forefront of that equation.