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Good Oblique Exercise?

I have been experimenting with some good oblique exercises, and haven’t really found one that I feel is really getting the burn.

So what are y’alls favorite oblique exercises? I’d like to hear some ideas that I can try out to find something better.

Meatwad

Side bends or various types with a TON of resistance. cabe sides, db sides, bb sides. Also russian twist and Overhead walks will nail the entire core.

[quote]Meatwad8 wrote:
haven’t really found one that I feel is really getting the burn.[/quote]

That’s hardly the best way to determine the worth of an exercise.

[quote]MookJong wrote:
That’s hardly the best way to determine the worth of an exercise.
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I second this.

Favorites are 1-armed deadlifts (on the side, like a 1-handled farmer’s walk), sidebends (workin towards bodyweight for reps), and Russian twists.

-Dan

Saxon side-bends. Hold dumbbells over head, hands shoulder width apart, lean to the side keeping arms straight and dumbbells the same distance apart (do a search for a better description.) These will completely demoralize you and destroy your obliques.

Windmills rock.

Full contact twists - stick a Barbell in a corner load some weight on to top end and “Lets twist again, like we did last summer…” i think there are pics of it from a pavel article on this site

One sided Rack Walks with Kettlebell(or dumbell).

Rack the weight on one side, and walk for a good distance. At about 15 feet, you’ll REALLY start feeling your opposite oblique! Switch sides when you can’t take any more, and try and do equal distance with the other side.

I love heavy cable twists and of course russian twists

Definitely like the tips from everyone else. Those Saxon side bends are sick. Another one you might try is a variation on a hanging knee raise. Instead of pulling your knees straight up, twist your knees up and really contract the obliques hard at the top. I usually alternate sides throughout a set, or you could just repeat on a side and then switch.

Damn I forgot cable wood choppers and sldge hammer work.