Unlock Your Core Strength: The Power of Strengthening Side Muscles

EQUIPMENT USEDExercise Mat
LENGTH OF CLASS20 Minutes
FITNESS LEVELFoundational

In this video, Nancy Radding focuses on strengthening the side muscl es of the core. This not only works the oblique muscles but also helps lubricate the hip joints and engage the inner and outer thighs, glutes, and abdominal area. The exercises involve stretching the legs, hugging in the belly, and performing movements such as lifting and circling the legs. The instructor encourages modifications and emphasizes the importance of maintaining proper alignment and engaging the core throughout the workout.

The Importance of the Oblique Muscles in Core Strength

When it comes to strengthening the core, most people think about working the abdominal muscles in the front. However, it is equally important to focus on the side muscles, known as the obliques. Strengthening the obliques not only helps to create a toned and defined waistline, but it also plays a crucial role in improving overall core strength and stability.

The core muscles are responsible for stabilizing the spine and pelvis, maintaining proper posture, and transferring force between the upper and lower body during physical activity. The oblique muscles, which run along the sides of the torso, help to rotate and bend the trunk, providing support and stability during movements like twisting, reaching, and lifting.

Benefits of Strengthening Obliques and Side Muscles

By targeting the side muscles, we can reinforce the entire core and enhance its functionality. Strengthening the obliques helps to improve spinal alignment, which can alleviate lower back pain and improve posture. It also enhances athletic performance by providing a solid foundation for movements in sports and other physical activities.

In addition to the obliques, working the side muscles also engages other important muscles such as the inner and outer thighs, glutes, and abdominal muscles. These muscles work together to stabilize the pelvis and create a strong foundation for movement.

Including exercises that target the side muscles in your fitness routine is relatively simple. Moves like side planks, Russian twists, and bicycle crunches are effective for engaging the obliques. You can also incorporate exercises that involve lateral movements, such as side lunges or side leg lifts, to further challenge the side muscles.

The Importance of Proper Form and Alignment in Side Muscles Exercises

When performing exercises to strengthen the side muscles, it is important to maintain proper form and alignment. Keep the core engaged and activated throughout the movements and avoid straining the neck or shoulders. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of the exercises as your strength improves.

Incorporating exercises that target the side muscles into your fitness routine can have numerous benefits for your overall health and well-being. Strengthening the obliques and other core muscles can improve your balance, stability, and posture, and reduce the risk of injury. It can also enhance your athletic performance and help you achieve a toned and defined waistline. So, don’t forget to give your side muscles some love and include exercises that target them in your fitness plan. 

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