Killer Oblique Exercises and Love Handle Exercises
Learn the Most Effective Oblique Exercises
If you're looking for killer oblique exercises, look no further. These great core exercises will have your love handles begging for mercy!
If you were thinking what core exercises could be harder that side planks on a Bosu Ball, the answer is Side Planks on 2 Bosu Balls.
Using a Bosu under the upper adds a stability challenge to the upper body and adding one to the lower body adds a stability challenge to the lower body to really fire up your core muscles and love handles.
Before I show you the pictures, let me say that no matter how much your obliques will burn during this exercise, you still need to follow a comprehensive fitness plan to burn off your stomach fat.
Oblique Exercises are great for strengthening your obliques and slightly toning your muscles, but if you have a thick layer of fat covering your muscles you'll have to burn it off with a total body workout, cardio, strength training, and a good nutrition program.
Read my article on burning off love handles, or check out the killer core exercises below.
Side Planks with the Elbow and Feet on a Bosu Ball
Killer Oblique Exercises #1: Isometric Side Plank
This first version is an isometric version. Isometric simple means that you hold the position without moving.
Starting Position: Begin by placing your elbow on top of the Bosu Ball and also place your feet on top of a Bosu Ball. Keep your body in a straight line and lift your hips off the ground.
Form: Since this is an isometric exercise, simply hold the position for 10-60 seconds on each side and then repeat on the opposite side.
Personal Trainer Tips: You can modify this exercise in many ways. You can stagger or stack your feet. When your feet are stacked on top of each other, it is much harder to balance.
You can also change the position of your hand. You can place your hand on your hip or extend your top hand towards the ceiling.
Do your best to keep a straight line from your shoulder, hips, knees, and ankles.
If you really want to be mean to your love handles, you can hold a medicine ball or dumbbell in your top hand and let the weight rest on your waist. Or you can hold a small dumbbell in your top hand and point your top hand towards the ceiling (forming a T with your body).
Killer Oblique Exercises #2: Moving Side Plank with 2 Bosu Balls
Starting Position: Begin this exercise in the same position as the isometric variation above.
Form: Inhale and lower your hips towards the ground. When you feel a good stretch, exhale and lift your hips back to the starting position.
Personal Trainer Tips: When doing the moving plank Keep your shoulder solid and move only from your waist and hips.
Make sure to keep your elbow and shoulder in a straight line. Perform 5-15 reps on each side.
Just like above, if you really want to fire up your obliques, you can hold a small weight in your top hand.
If you are a beginner, master regular side planks on the floor.
The progress by using 1 Bosu Ball for side planks. Once you master 1 Bosu Ball, then try using 2 at the same time.
This can be a fun but killer oblique exercise. The exercises that work your muscles the most also put the most pressure on your joints, so listen to your body and stretch your hips and lower back afterwards.
Oblique exercises work both the abs and lower back muscles, so build up slowly.
This is just one of many different oblique exercises. The most effective oblique exercises will involve side bending and/ or rotational movements. Click --> to learn more killer oblique exercises.
Read about How Core Exercises can Give You a Better Body or try these 14 Core Training Tips.
Lastly, visit the Picture Directory of Abdominal Exercises to learn more of the best ab exercises or try one of the free ab workouts.
Yours in Health
Dr. Charles PT/PT
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