Incline Oblique Sit Ups
One of the Best Ab Exercises
Incline oblique sit ups are one of the best ab exercises.
But remember that in addition to abdominal exercises, you need an overall fitness program and healthy eating habits to get a really flat stomach.
Below are pictures and instructions for incline oblique sit ups.
Best Oblique Exercises: Incline Oblique Sit Ups
Starting Position: Find an incline ab bench or set the incline on an adjustable ab bench. Secure your feet in the ab bench and place your hands behind your head.
Form: Exhale and crunch your body upwards to a sit up position As you get about half way up to the top, twist your body towards one side. Hold for a brief second and then untwist as you lower to the starting position.
Personal Trainer Tips: Sit ups are much harder on your abdominals and your lower back when compared to crunches.
With sit ups, the hips move and the hip flexors contract, which leads to increased tension on the lower back.
Generally speaking, full sit ups are not recommended for beginners or people with a history of lower back injuries.
You can do this ab exercise 2 ways. You can perform all the reps on one side and then switch to the other side, or you can do this exercise in an alternating fashion. Perform 5-15 repetitions on each side.
If you are a beginner, you can build up your strength with incline oblique crunches.
Always listen to your body and build up slowly when trying new exercises.
Remember that even the best ab exercises by themselves won't get rid of stomach fat or give you a flat stomach. If you want to lose stomach fat and your beer belly, you must take a comprehensive approach to fitness and health.
Try some of the weight loss tips and diet tips on this site, or read about getting a flat stomach and 6 pack abs.
You can also read my article on the difference between crunches and sit ups or read about the hip flexors role in lower back pain during ab exercises.
If you don't have access to an incline ab bench, try another exercise from the Picture Directory of the Best Ab Exercises, and remember to listen to your body and have fun working out.
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