Working Obliques: Right and Wrong Way
Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA
Ever work out your obliques and have a sore neck afterward? Do you put energy and effort into your ab exercises without really feeling it in the targeted muscles? Simply wonder if your technique could use some fine tuning?
More to one point, we are here to offer a simple tip to help you get the most out of your oblique exercises.
Simple Tip Revealed:
- Vertically line up the middle of your face with the middle of your body.
If you want to sound savvy and smarticle, tell yourself to keep your midline in line from head to chest. Draw a vertical mental line down the center of your face. Do the same for your torso. If your face midline twists in one direction while your body midline enjoys a vacation on the other coast, you are working your neck. Or your shoulders. Or both. But not your obliques. Rotation comes at the space between your ribs and hip.
If you are doing the twist at the neck, well, you might get the Chubbiest neck in town. Hmm, Chubby Checker actually has pretty good twist form that engages his obliques. See how his neck is not doing the rotation but he’s got a lot of action going on through his center? This could be YOU!
Simple Tip Two:
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Readers aka Exercisers: Did your midlines line up? Single file? Left, right, left, right, aye aye?!