If you are looking to work out your obliques your first step is to understand where they are located. This will allow you to effectively engage this muscle as your workout this muscle area. So where are they anyway? Obliques are located on the sides of your abdominal muscles and are actually two muscles. Though they are part of your abdominal muscles they are not part of the “six-pack” muscles that people often associate with abs.
Working out your obliques can seem difficult if you do not know where to start. You cannot target them in the same way that you would with your other abdominal muscles. Thankfully, there are a variety of exercises that you can do at home in order to work these muscles. See our favourite at home oblique workouts below.
Always keep injury prevention in mind when working out at home. See our Ultimate Guide to Injury Prevention for tips on how to stay safe while working out on your own, at home.
Our Favourite Oblique Workouts
Offset Dumbbell Squat – this exercise requires one free weight and can easily be done at home. Perform this exercise by doing a typical squat while holding one free weight to your shoulder. As you complete repetitions, switch the side you hold the weight on to target both sides of your obliques.
Single-Arm Overhead Press – this exercise also requires one free weight. To perform this exercise, start by holding the weight at a 90-degree angle. From this position press the weight upwards. Repeat and switch arms.
Side Plank – unlike a regular plank that has you with your abdomen facing the ground, a side plank has your abdomen facing out. Complete this plank by using one arm to lift your body while your legs are lifted off the ground. Complete this exercise on alternating sides.
Seated Twists – this exercise can be completed with or without additional weights. In a seated position, recline your back to create a 90-degree angle between your legs and abdomen. From this position, rotate slowly from left to right. Adding weights will make this exercise more challenging.
Mountain Climbers – Mountain climbers provide a great workout for your obliques while also doubling as a great cardio exercise. To complete this movement, begin in a plank position with your arms extended. Bring your knees to your chest alternating legs. A faster pace will make this exercise more challenging.
Focus on Form
When working out at home the most important thing to remember is that your form matters. This is not only to get the best results, but also to help you avoid injury. It can be challenging to know if you have the correct form when working out at home. For guidance in doing exercises correctly, consider reaching out to one of our expert personal trainers.