3 Workouts For Stronger, Unforgettable Abs

Your obliques frame your six-pack and protect your back. Add these moves for a more powerful torso.

BJ Gaddour |

Obliques help you flex and rotate your spine, and they protect your back from injury when you move something heavy. These three ab workouts strengthen your obliques for better sports performance, and burn belly fat so those side abs show when you take off your shirt.

The Workout

1. Weighted Side Plank

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This total-body exercise is also great for working your hips, glutes, and shoulders.

DO IT: Using a challenging weight, hold for 30 seconds on each side, resting 30 seconds in between. Do 3 to 5 sets per side. Make it harder by raising your top leg (shown above).

Related: This Killer Abs Exercise Will Bulletproof Your Back

2. Single-Arm Carry

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This strengthens your grip, too.

DO IT: Hold a heavy dumbbell
 at your side with your arm straight. Walk while keeping your torso straight. Keep at it for 5 to 10 minutes, switching hands every 30 seconds. Too easy? Hold
 the weight at shoulder level
 or overhead.

Related: 3 Ways to Make Any Abs Exercise More Effective

3. Sandbag Shovelling

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Your obliques will work hard as you do 5 to 10 rounds of 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off.

DO IT: Pivot your feet and bend your knees as you turn to the right, dropping your hips as you lower the bag. Push up and arc the sandbag across your chest and back down to the left.

Related: These 6 Simple Moves Will Shred Fat And Build Total Body Strength

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