Last week our Facebook fans voted to have a an abdominal related post, so here it is! We’re going to work on the obliques this week.
Working out the obliques is important. This muscle, which is located on the sides of your abdomen, help flex your spine forward and laterally and rotate your torso to the left and right. Therefore, working the obliques (like the rest of your core muscles) is essential for stabilization of the spine and pelvic floor. Don’t forget to eat healthy because the healthier you eat, the more definition you’ll see. In other words, your abs are what you eat!
Below are a few variations of the oblique twist with the Body Bar and Body Bar FLEX!
Oblique Twist on Floor
Lie down on the floor and bend your knees so both feet are on the floor. Cross your arms across your chest and cradle the bar. Lift the shoulder blades off the floor and bring the right shoulder up and towards the left inner thigh. The opposite end of the bar will move towards the floor. Return to the starting position.
Standing Oblique Twist
Make sure to place the bar on the meaty party under your neck slightly resting on your shoulders. You do not want the bar digging in to your upper spine causing neck issues. (Millennium Personal Training)
Standing Oblique Twist #2
Start by holding the Body Bar to the side on one shoulder. Engage your abdominals and twist just your upper body until the bar is in front of you, focusing on contracting one side of your obliques. Return to start. Do 10-25 repetitions to one side, then place the bar on your other shoulder and do 10-25 repetitions to the other side. (Shape’s Best Abs Exercises You’ve Never Seen Before )
Body Bar FLEX Seated Twist
In a seated position, recline backwards with a flat back until you feel a challenge but do not lose your form. Holding the bar with your hands and bend it into a ‘rainbow’. Twist slightly to one side, back to the middle and then to the other side. This should be done slowly and the movement should be small. To make it easier, come up higher in your recline and/or perform without the bar press. (Heather Hughes Body Bar Flex Routine)
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