The oblique muscles

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    Jul 30, 2008 10:21 AM GMT
    I tried so many different things...but nothing seems to be really doing anything for the oblique muscles.
    I don't have plans on getting them huge...but want to get rid of the fat or tone them.
    Any suggestions for workouts both cardio and weights?
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    Jul 30, 2008 10:30 AM GMT
    There are several exercises for obliques shown here on RJ:

    http://www.realjock.com/contentsearch/?musclegroup=1
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    Jul 30, 2008 10:32 AM GMT
    Thanks...I searched earlier for that and nothing came up!
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    Jul 30, 2008 10:36 AM GMT
    dtothes84 saidThanks...I searched earlier for that and nothing came up!

    Yes for all the features on RJ, they make finding exercises the most difficult. Go figure!
  • GQjock

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    Jul 30, 2008 11:09 AM GMT
    To work any muscles you want to replicate the movement and/or work that they actually do
    the obliques turn and pull the torso down to the side
    so any exercise that does that will work for you

    Here's a link for one
    [url]http://www.myfit.ca/exercisedatabase/search.asp?muscle=Oblique&exercises=Abdominal%20Sides[/url]

    Word of warning***
    Weighted oblique exercise will cause this muscle to hypertrophy
    That will make you midsection look thick
    Not a good look for someone who works out
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    Jul 30, 2008 2:21 PM GMT
    There are many different trunk rotation excercises that you might want to research & consider; however, these sort of movements require precise, careful movements to isolate obliques and prevent injury so proceed with caution!icon_cool.gif
  • TexanMan82

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    Jul 30, 2008 3:44 PM GMT
    Just eat right and exercise. You can't spot reduce your love handles.
  • ROYCE13

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    Jul 30, 2008 3:56 PM GMT
    Texman82 is right, so eat right and exercise all areas, but check out the abs section
    on this site and the Stability ball center and oblique crunch listing is a good one
    to incorporate as well as the abs in 10 minutes or less page has an other oblique one for you. if you cannot find, hit me up and I will direct you to the listings. Do a variety of ab exercises.
  • auryn

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    Jul 30, 2008 4:09 PM GMT
    More roughage.
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    Jul 30, 2008 4:48 PM GMT
    besides crunches on the exercise ball. i like a wood pole on my shoulders arms draped over it. twist to one side and then return and stop at the center..don't swing side to side.... that cheating's ..you can then experiment where you place the bar/pole... you can twist way down with the pole to your mid back...Core training is both abs and back and obliques.
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    Jul 30, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    eat sawdust
  • auryn

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    Jul 30, 2008 4:53 PM GMT
    Speaking of poles and drapes...
    pdvd_071.jpg
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    Jul 30, 2008 5:45 PM GMT
    TexanMan82 saidJust eat right and exercise. You can't spot reduce your love handles.


    Ditto.

    As for exercises though for obliques, personally I like doing side bends on a roman chair. I also like doing stability ball oblique crunches like this:

    http://www.realjock.com/article/315/



  • ROYCE13

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    Jul 31, 2008 5:49 AM GMT
    THAT 315 ITEM IS THE STABILITY CENTER AND OBLIQUE CRUNCH THAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT. ALSO REMEMBER TO DO UPPER, MID AND LOWER AB EXERCISES. THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT, MOST PEOPLE SKIP THE LOWER AB, BETTER FOR SPINE PROTECTION AS WELL.
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    Jul 31, 2008 2:18 PM GMT
    ...as 4 abs
    you can crunch all you want,
    if you dont keep a low/low bodyfat
    you'll never get there...
    it's said that the diet's
    75% & the exercise 25% of
    the overall approach

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    Jul 31, 2008 2:41 PM GMT
    ROYCE13 saidTHAT 315 ITEM IS THE STABILITY CENTER AND OBLIQUE CRUNCH THAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT. ALSO REMEMBER TO DO UPPER, MID AND LOWER AB EXERCISES. THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT, MOST PEOPLE SKIP THE LOWER AB, BETTER FOR SPINE PROTECTION AS WELL.


    OK - NO NEED TO YELL!

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    Jul 31, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    I think that that fear of getting a thick trunk is overrated. It's not as if one day you will suddenly wake up thick. I can tell you from personal experience that weighted High and Low Woodchop(ers) are very, very effective exercises that will quickly develop both upper and lower portions of the obliques, and provide rapid development of the so called Apollo's belt, the v shaped muscles pointing down into the pelvis. They do develop quickly with these exercises but if you watch your body at all, you will know long before you get thick.

    Unfortunately, no weight can spot reduce fat. As guys we store fat on our lower abdominals first and take it off there last. The only effective way to get rid of it is with cardio activity. In repeated studies the best cardio for targeting overall body fat reduction and abdominal fat reduction is the High Intensity Interval Training. You can google that or check my post on the forum regarding the best form of cardio.

  • craigindc

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    Jul 31, 2008 3:59 PM GMT
    Ditto YngHung on both points-- I find cable chops both low-to-high and high-to-low to be great exercises. Sometimes I use medicine balls instead of cables...and lots of other exercises work as well and some are on this site. For cardio, I love interval training.
    Your best bet is to eat really cleanly. These muscles won't look the way you want them to unless you have a low bodyfat%. Cardio only goes so far--the eating is key.
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    Aug 04, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
    Thanks guys for the feed back...YES i know diet is the key....but when i was younger i didn't watch that stuff so now I am paying hell for it...
  • Musclebucket

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    Aug 04, 2008 6:17 PM GMT
    Amen sexylexi
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    Aug 04, 2008 10:43 PM GMT
    woodchoppers

    twisting hanging knee raises

    do one set to failure of one of the above at the end of the workout you will be on your way