The stability ball side bend is a core exercise but it works the obliques which assist with side flexion and rotation. Now, stability balls are great tools and they can allow you to provide more resistance to your exercises. And you can take them anywhere if you have a pump. So, you always have a way to challenge yourself, especially with your abdominal or core movements.
The side bend is an ideal way to train the obliques in a natural movement and it’s a highly recommended exercise for oblique isolation. So, get yourself a stability ball and start prioritizing your obliques for core function and aesthetics.
In This Exercise:
- Target Muscle Groups: Internal and External Obliques
- Type: Strength
- Mechanics: Isolation
- Equipment: Stability ball
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Lie on the stability ball so that you’re on your side.
- Then, cross your both arms on your chest and crunch upward while contracting your obliques.
- Lower yourself back until your body is aligned straight and complete the ideal number of reps.
- Now, switch sides and repeat the movement, then alternate between each side for sets.
Variations & Tips:
- You can cross your arms on your chest or place your hands behind your head when performing the exercise.
- Make sure the ball is fully inflated for optimal performance.
- The stability ball side bend is a convenient and simple way to train the obliques effectively.
- The obliques are important for lateral flexion, rotation, and they also play a role in protecting the spine.