by Lauren Teng, blogger
Students at the gym do them all the time in a variety of different ways, but senior broadcast journalism major Kevin Ware shows you how to get the best results with your oblique workout.
First off, it’s not all about how much weight you’re holding and how fast you’re doing these side crunches. In fact, there is a tendency when going faster to shorten the range of motion that limits the strength and definition of your oblique muscles. Kevin notes that on the way down, slowing your pace creates a resistance exercise quality that works through to your pelvis and adds a flexibility dimension. On the way up, because of that greater range of motion, it requires more work to return to the neutral position. Your enhance your workout more this way, rather if you’d resorted to those short, quick crunches you often see people doing.
Here’s the break down: Kevin adds weight to his exercise by using a 25-pound kettle ball, but if you’re looking to just tone and define the weight isn’t absolutely necessary. Start by heading over to the padded apparatus and adjust it so that when standing on the platform sideways, the top of the pad hits at your hip. Imagine again that straight line of energy traveling from your tail bone up through your back, cervical spine and top of your head. As you press your shoulders down parallel to match your hips, engage your core and lower your upper body from the hip allowing the free arm to make a line perpendicular to the floor. Kevin does a three count lower and then exhaling comes up. Do 15 sets then switch to the other side. Kevin does three reps.