So I got asked this question recently - How do we get visible obliques while still maintaining an X frame? I realized a while ago already that people (even experienced gymers) didnt under stand that overtrained obliques would create bulk in the waistline. Something only bodybuilders really fuss about, which is why i wanted to share this knowledge...
I believe any weighted core training is risky- you need full range of motion in your core and this decreases agility.
With really defined obliques this takes the shine from your rectus abdominis muscles, but ALSO because of the width of the obliques, it belittles the look of the lats, deltoids and quadriceps. ABSOLUTLEY KILLING THE X FRAME WITH ONE MUSCLE.
I never isolate my obliques! Can be worked secondary while doing other ab exercises.Overtraining obliques increases waistline. STILL my obliques come out once ive dieted
"...much of human agility is predicated upon full mobility in the torso. Overdeveloped obliques may hinder trunk mobility and increase the risk of strains and tears in those muscles"
There is no doubt that oblique training widens the waist, so how do we aavoid this? Heres some advice...
Most desired look=small obliques on narrow waist with very defined lower abs close together with big shoulders&lats. I think if you need obliques train lower abs- they work with them. Train with a belt on and dont forget the vaccum technique!!
If you want work obliques use bodyweight only. Increase size of lats&delts to make waist look smaller 1-2cm and diet down.
Cheerleader kicks also help with lower abs and obliques you guys should try it.
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