Oblique Abdominal Exercises
The Oblique Abdominal muscles consist of the internal and external Oblique's. Being the largest and most particularly visible – the external Oblique is the muscle that Bodybuilders and Fitness enthusiasts target in order to get that coveted V look.
Although one of the most impressive muscle groups to develop, they are also one of the most difficult to achieve. This is because they only become visible when (Male) Bodyfat levels are around 15% or below.
Because of a lack of education around correct Bodyfat and muscle growth strategies most people never get to see their own Oblique's in a properly developed state.
This article will explain the most effective Oblique Abdominal Exercises you can perform in order to build up those show muscles for Beginners / Intermediates.
Unlike many of the larger muscle groups such as Chest and Back, the idea behind an effective Oblique Abdominal workout is volume rather than heavy poundage's. The muscles look best when they are lean and defined.
A Word On Diet
As stated, Oblique Abdominal Exercises are actually only half of the equation. In order to get your Bodyfat to a level low enough for them to become visible you need to follow an effective Nutritional regime.
The Best Three Oblique Abdominal Exercises To Start With
Using the Cable machine: Stand up with you back straight and legs slightly bent, grab hold of the small attachment (the same one you use for Cable crossovers) and whilst keeping your arms straight, twist your Torso until you feel a pull in your Oblique .
Repeat until failure and then perform the same number of reps on the other side of the machine.
Dumbbell Side Dip:
Stand completely straight with your head facing forward and hold a Dumbbell with your Arm loosely hanging next to the side of your body with your Palm facing your Leg. Then, while keeping your Arm close to your body, bend over to the side until you feel a slight pull on your Oblique. Repeat until failure and then switch hands and execute the same number of reps the other side to ensure balanced Oblique development.
Similar to a standard sit-up, the difference here is that you will be twisting through the positive (rising) part of the movement so that your right elbow touches your left knee and vice versa. This is one of the single most effective exercises you can perform in order to build up your Oblique's to that male fitness model level of development that gets the girls swooning!