Monday, May 13, 2013

New Obliques Exercise

Every time you work out a muscle in a new way, you will feel a burn. You may also up the chances of increasing the amount of muscle fibers and losing weight. Yesterday in Quenia Ribieros's samba class at the Alvin Ailey School of Contemporary Dance in New York City, I remembered a wonderful obliques exercise when she used it in her warmup:

Sit on your left butt cheek. Bend your knees so that your ankles almost touch the back of your thighs. Your ribs and waist should face up. Place your hands behind your head and keep your elbows "open" as if getting ready to do a crunch. Keep your legs off the floor while keeping your back straight and pulsing (indeed as if performing a crunch) toward the ceiling. This will work your right obliques while working your lower abdominal muscles in keeping your legs off the floor. Do four sets of ten repetitions. Repeat for your left oblique muscle by twisting the other way and sitting on your right butt cheek.

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steve carve said...

Superb post. Thanks for introducing new trend of exercise. I hope they will help me in cutting down my problems.

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Sangeeta Kumari said...

I think this is new exercise. Good post.