Though side planks tend to be the go-to move for keeping these muscles strong, suffering through them isn't the only way to get the job done. For the latest episode of Good Moves, de Winter put together an 11-minute, oblique-focused Pilates workout without a single side plank in sight. And trust us—it will work those muscles deep down to their, well, core.
You'll start on your knees with a series of side bends. In these exercises, you'll want to be sure to keep your pelvis tucked so that your core stays engaged as you lean and lift your upper body. "This gets such a good contraction into the side of your body into those obliques," says de Winter. "Nothing really works out my obliques like this exercise."
Once you're all leaned out, you'll lie down on your back for a series of twists. Since your obliques are the main drivers in any trunk-rotating movements you make throughout the day, working them with these types of exercises will allow you to move better off the mat.
To try it out for yourself, follow along with the video above.
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