Standing Side Bend Oblique Exercise with Dumbbell

by Addie Kelzer

Get rid of those love handles with some great oblique toning!

This side body bend using a dumbbell or kettlebell is a great way to work your obliques from a standing position. If you have trouble getting down on the floor to do other kinds of oblique work or if your shoulders prevent you from doing side planks, give this one a try.

Here are a few form tips not mentioned in the video to help you get the most out of this exercise:

  • Do not lower too fast. Slow and controlled movement will ensure you’re truly using obliques and also not tipping forward or back at the bottom of the exercise.
  • Resist the temptation to lift the foot or heel on the side you’re tipping away from. Think about keeping both feet firmly planted on the floor and keeping weight distributed equally through them.
  • Do not allow your hip to push out to the side to offset the weight of the dumbbell. Everything from the hips down stays in one place, it is only from the low waist/lumbar spine that you will bend to the side. If you don’t have a mirror to help you see if your hips are staying in place, stand with the outside of your shoe up again the wall, as you tip away from the wall, notice if your hip moves toward it or even touches the wall. Work toward maintaining the same space between the wall and your hip throughout the range of motion.


**This exercise is contraindicated if you have been told not to bend your spine laterally or if lateral flexion of the spine isn’t possible because of vertebrae fusion, etc.


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Addie Kelzer is a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. She believes that by making fitness and good food practical, her clients will hold the power to positively change their health and the health of those closest to them.

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