🚨 TRAINING OBLIQUES AND THE AB “V”
✅ The oblique’s can be tricky to train sometimes mostly because it can sometimes be hard to understand what they actually do. To understand how to train them we’ll look at what they do;
🔥 One thing is stabilize the core, force air out of our lungs, and lastly the external obliques help us rotate to the opposite side, while internal oblique’s to the same side. So your left external oblique rotates you to the right, and your right internal rotates you to the right. This is how you should imagine them working together in an X pattern across your torso.
💪 The first way and most simple way to train your obliques is with side planks, they’ll target them through an isometric contraction which is great for core stiffness. However we can do better than that, we can use that X pattern to fully target them in a concentric contraction. We can do these two ways, with elevated cable/resistance band chops and oblique crunches/leg lifts.
✅ They all fairly work the same way difference is some use your torso as the base of support and others the pelvis or some none. With elevated chops, you want to use your core so keep your arms stiff try to rotate your body at an angle brining your opposite pec as close as you can to the opposite hip while keeping the hips stable. This will strictly target the external and internal obliques. The same can be applied with leg lifts except the opposite scenario, trying to rotate the opposite hip and twist it as close as you can to your opposite pec; left hip to right pec, right hip to left pec. Follow the invisible X the oblique’s follow. Same thing goes for the crunches, except now like the chops you’re trying to bring the pec towards the pelvis.