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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?

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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:

  • Subscribe to our blog and get our Fun and Fit Abs Collection free!

Or go to our post on Performing Oblique crunches the Right Way. For current subscribers – you can also get our Abs series by emailing us and asking politely .. or breathlessly … or (fill in the adverb).

Readers aka Exercisers: Did your midlines line up? Single file? Left, right, left, right, aye aye?!

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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10 Responses to Working Obliques: Right and Wrong Way

  1. Tamara June 1, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Thanks for the video; always better to ‘see’ than ‘hear’.
    My pet peeve when teaching oblique crunches? Yanking on the neck and then complaining about a sore neck! Duh!

    Sharing, sharing, sharing!

  2. Angie @ Losing It and Loving It June 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Ahhh great tips! Love to see them explained than try to read into it lol Thanks!

  3. Tara Burner June 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    always love your videos!

  4. Jody - Fit at 54 June 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Love the videos! The dog was a good add in! ;-) Great tips!

    • AlexandraFunFit June 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      Yes, the dog loves to wander into the shots. Luckily, she didn’t start licking me.

  5. Evelyn June 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Love the tips! I have some resistance bands, and I’ll use them like Kymberly demonstrated in the video. I had no clue how to really use them.

    This is very helpful, because I am working on my abs. I did the exercise that Alexandra did this morning, but I now know that I was doing them wrong.

    Take care,


    • AlexandraFunFit June 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      Whooo Hooo. We are so happy when we are helpful. I think we should do more videos with tubes, in that case.

  6. lindsay June 5, 2012 at 5:05 am #

    I always need this reminder. It’s so easy to keep the body just moving and not inline.

  7. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta June 15, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    I love your videos. They make me smile (and laugh!), while giving out great info. Thanks!
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