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How to Do Barbell Side Bends

Strong obliques—the side muscles that frame your six-pack—are a must for Greek heroes, Olympic discus throwers, or anyone who wants to look like one.


  • : If you are experiencing any back pain, avoid this exercise.
  • Step 1: Rest barbell across neck & shoulders Grab a lightweight barbell weighing no more than 40 pounds and rest it across the back of your neck and shoulders.
  • Step 2: Stand w/ feet apart Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, hands spread wide on the bar.
  • TIP: Until you get the hang of this move, you can practice it with a broomstick or golf club.
  • Step 3: Bend from side to side Slowly bend from side to side in one smooth, continuous motion, being careful not to bend forward or backward.
  • Step 4: Repeat Repeat as needed. With this move in your workout, you're on your way to glory!
  • FACT: The oblique muscles are what your body uses to twist and bend your torso.

You Will Need

  • A light barbell
  • Comfortable exercise clothes and shoes
  • A broomstick or golf club

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