Obliques Exercise - Side Bends
Many people work out the front of their abs, but they neglect their obliques and waist.
The side bends exercise for the obliques is a simple, yet very effective exercise

to tone and strengthen your obliques and waist.
exercise for the obliques muscles

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Side Bends Using Dumbbells

This exercise works the obliques muscles and the intercostal muscle groups at the sides of the waist. Plus it is a good exercise that also works your core and secondary muscle groups like your arms and legs. You can do this exercise with either 2 dumbbells or with 1 dumbbell at a time per side.

Performing the Exercise:

I will show you how to do this exercise using 1 dumbbell at a time per side, but my video below will demonstrate both ways of doing this exercise.

Take a dumbbell in your right hand. Stand upright with your knees slightly bent, legs about shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and shoulders back. With the weight in your right hand and your other arm at the side, you are going to slowly bend at your waist to the right, as far as you can go. As you bend, your dumbbell gets lower giving you some resistance. Now slowly straighten your waist, to bring yourself to the starting position, the upright position. Remember to breathe out as you bend and breathe in as you return to the upright position. Do about 3 sets of 12-16 reps.

Now repeat the same procedure on your left side for your left obliques, performing the exact same number of repetitions.

My HD video below demonstrates the side bends obliques exercise using both 2 dumbbells or 1 dumbbell at a time.

This example is just one of the many ab exercises that you can perform almost anywhere. For more varied abdominal exercises and workouts I recommend the following book: 

The Complete Book of Abs by Kurt Brungardt

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