Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday's Move of the Week

The Move: Oblique V-Ups

I love this move because it is challenging but awesome. You will start to feel your obliques (your sides) get stronger and firmer after just a few days of doing these. It’s important to train your obliques because they are the main muscles that aloud you to twist, bend to the sides, stay balanced and they really define your waist.

Muscles Worked: Obliques (sides of your abs)

How to:

  1. Begin by laying on one side with the bottom arm down on the floor in front of you and the top arm up, hand behind head
  2. Move your legs out in front of you to form a 30 degree angle with your torso
  3. Squeeze your obliques and raise both upper body and lower body off the ground so that you are balancing on your hip…your body making a “V” shape
  4. Slowly lower to the ground
  5. Repeat at least 12 times and then switch sides

Trainer Tips:

  • This is an advanced move, so if you want to work your way up to the full “V” simply crunch up with the upper body and lower body separately
  • You might have to lean back a little bit to make the move more comfortable on your hip

Make ‘em Harder: You can add resistance with ankle weights or by putting a stability ball between your ankles…you will really be feeling the burn then!


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