The 5 Best Oblique Exercises for a Toned Core

Updated 02/18/18

To help you reach your health and fitness goals, we tapped Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up for their advice. Here, they'll let you in on all their fitness secrets, as well as a few tips and tricks along the way.

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Karena and I love core workouts—you can add a quick one to your routine any time you want! Your obliques are the strongest muscles of your core, so they can handle lots of attention. Strong obliques will allow your body to twist and turn, so show them some love in your workouts.

This equipment-free routine is fast and effective at targeting your waistline. Since this workout is made up of bodyweight moves, you can squeeze it in anytime, anywhere! Just go through 15 reps of each move—three rounds total. When you're finished, stretch that waistline in every direction to lengthen your core and release tension in your low back. Read on to learn how to master each oblique exercise step by step.

Standing Side Crunch

standing side crunch
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Focus: Tones your obliques

Begin standing with your feet hip-width apart and your right arm raised above your head. Raise your right knee up while crunching your upper body toward the right side until your right elbow meets your right knee. Return to starting position.

Do 15 reps, and then switch sides.

Down Dog to Tummy Toner

Down Dog to Tummy Toner
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Focus: Sculpts your core, obliques, and shoulders

Begin in down dog with your hips back, right leg in the air, and your hands and feet planted firmly on the ground. With control, shift your body to a plank position with your hands directly below your shoulders. With your core engaged, lift your right knee up to your right elbow. Return to starting position.

Do 15 reps on each side.

Heel Taps

Heel Taps
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Focus: Tones your obliques

Begin laying on your back with your knees in a bent position, heels about six inches from your booty. With your core engaged, lift your shoulders off the ground and lean your upper body toward the right as your right hand touches your right heel. Repeat on the left.

Do 15 reps on each side.

Bicycle Crunch

Bicycle Crunch
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Focus: Sculpts your lower abs and obliques

Place your hands by your ears and straighten your right leg in the air. Bend your left leg up toward your body as you reach your right elbow across to meet the left knee. Alternate over to the opposite side by bending your knee up to meet your left elbow and straighten your left leg.

Do 15 reps on each side.

Plank Hip Dips

Plank Hip Dips
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Focus: Tones your core, obliques, and shoulders

Begin in a plank position with your elbows directly below your shoulders. Tilt your hips down and to the left, then over to the right. Continue this movement back and forth while keeping your core engaged.

Do 15 reps on each side.

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