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    I'm just curious as to what exercises others have used to build their obliques. And which ones do you feel are most effective?

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    planks and side planks
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Goldsmith View Post
      planks and side planks
      Excellent. I just recently started doing planks. I'll have to add some side planks too. Thanks.

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      • #4
        If you do any sledgehammer stuff or have a weight on a stick, you can also do some side to side swings.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Goldsmith View Post
          planks and side planks
          When I was doing Insanity, which I no longer do, Shaun T had a move where you are in plank position where you try to bring your knee up to your ear and then bring the other knee up. Get a real good burn in the obliques from these.

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          • #6
            Renegade Rows!

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              Heavy windmills and anything rotational
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                Not sure how accurate the claim is, but I read in Men's Health that pushups actually activate your obliques more than side planks. I also like spiderman pushups, where as you lower your body you bring one leg up, parallel to the ground, and try to touch your knee to your elbow.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hunt3R View Post
                  Not sure how accurate the claim is, but I read in Men's Health that pushups actually activate your obliques more than side planks. I also like spiderman pushups, where as you lower your body you bring one leg up, parallel to the ground, and try to touch your knee to your elbow.
                  The spiderman pushup was kinda what I was referring to except you stay in plank with your forearms on the floor.

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                  • #10
                    All exercises recomended so far will add a nice variety to your work outs.
                    Another adition could be compound exercises like squats,split squats,clean and press,
                    hang cleans,hang dumb bell snatches,dead lifts but if you want to feel them work
                    hard try single arm dumb bell chest press.You have to balance your body to do
                    the exercise giving you a great chest and oblique work out ross training will give you
                    a demo

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                    • #11
                      Turkish get ups are awesome if you have some kettle bells. You can use dumb bells as well.

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                      • #12
                        hey, i think that if you superset supermans with planks, you'll hit them nicely. not even sideplanks, although those work too, but just planks with your legs spread. something about this superset seems to work wonders for me, especially at the spot where the obliques connect to the rectus abdominus on the front of your torso, rather than giving you too much side-bulk.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jakey View Post
                          hey, i think that if you superset supermans with planks, you'll hit them nicely. not even sideplanks, although those work too, but just planks with your legs spread. something about this superset seems to work wonders for me, especially at the spot where the obliques connect to the rectus abdominus on the front of your torso, rather than giving you too much side-bulk.
                          I like the idea of spreading my legs on the planks. Sounds like that would indeed lead to good results.

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                          • #14
                            I've built up my stomach muscles quite a bit doing just planks and side planks. I've just started doing Turkish get ups with a 30lb dumbbell. I'm only doing like three for each side, I dunno if that is a good enough rep count or not. They seem to be doing the job, but honestly I feel the burn more in one minute long planks when I'm sucking my stomach in and holding the position.




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                            • #15
                              Recs from the gymnastic bodies site: GymnasticBodies.com • View topic - Obliques - Recommended Exercises

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