What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.COM. Another ATHLEAN XPRESS Video for you today
showing you how to get those obliques to start popping, to be gill-like, fish-like in nature,
right? The ones where you see the lines coming down
the side here. It’s actually not that hard. You’ve got to train them the right way. And you have to make sure that you’re exposing
them. The way you expose them, guys, is really simple. It’s by eating well, right. Your nutrition has to be in check. The only
fish you’re going to look like if you don’t have your nutrition in check is a blowfish. And that ain’t going to look so impressive.
If you want to look like a fish, like a shark with gills coming down the side, you’ve got
to make sure that you’re eating properly. And once that’s in check, you’ve got to make
sure that you’re training the right way. So, the good news is, you’ve all got obliques. You can’t use the genetic excuse that says,
‘I don’t have them.’ No. You’ve got them. We’ve got to get them to show. And when we do, you have to make sure you’re
training them the right way. I’ve got an exercise here for you that you probably long ago threw
away. The Side Crunch. That’s a great way to train
your obliques with no equipment, in any setting, most of the guys like to train at home. You could do it right there in your house,
but you have to do it the right way. So, that being said, here’s the function of the oblique. We know that it actually flexes the spine,
ok, but it also rotates to the opposite side so that when this oblique is contracting. It’s rotating to the opposite direction across
the body, alright. So, if we know that, you have to have some sort of a rotational component
to your Side Crunch. Watch as I do this Side Crunch exercise. What
I want you to notice is the movement is way smaller than you may think it is. See, I’m really concentrating on the upper
portion of the movement. I don’t care if my elbow gets down to my hip. I see guys try to touch their elbow to their
hip. Who cares about that? What you have to focus on here is, as I’m flexing, I’m trying
to rotate a little bit towards you, towards the camera in that opposite direction
to really get those obliques to be working. And again, I come down and I do it slow. You’ll see the wrong version here. You probably
see guys doing this all the time or you might be doing it yourself. Or you’re focusing too much on getting your
body up and off the floor, or getting that elbow towards the hip, or yanking on your neck trying to think that
you’re covering and shortening that distance when all you’re really doing is giving yourself
a neck ache, alright. So, the idea is, keep the movement way up
at the top so when you’re doing it, you’re right up here. You’re right at the top, just
to the top. And you’re really trying to contract the muscle
that you’re trying to work. See, this is one of those A to B situations that I always talk
about. Anybody can get from point A to point B. It’s
whether or not you get from point A to point B the right way. That’s the only thing that will ever matter
because with muscles it’s all about tension and it’s all about applying that tension in
a direct place. And here for the obliques you have to make
sure you’re doing it the right way. So, hopefully this quick little video has shown you the
correct way to do it. And most of all, it’s reinforced to you guys,
the value of A to B. It’s never about just getting to point B. It’s about the journey
and how you get there. And if you don’t get there through a quality
contraction, you might as well not have gone on that journey in the first place. If you guys want a step-by-step journey to
get you guys in the best shape of your life, then you have to head to ATHLEANX.COM. See how we train like an athlete. See where
everything matters. Little things matter because when you do them the right way, they add up, and you start to see results a lot faster,
head to ATHLEANX.COM right now and grab our 90-Day Training program. In the meantime, if you found this quick tip
helpful, make sure you leave a thumb’s up and let me know what else you want me to tell
you about. And I’ll be glad to make videos about them.
Alright guys, I’ll be back here again real soon.