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    help with obliques

    what are some good oblique exercises?
    my obliques are practically non-exsistent...in fact, they're like negative in a way.
    my skin kinda scoops in under my rib cage where my obliques should be/are. It looks so weird, and i haven't noticed anyone else with this problem. I thought it was like that caz im a bit skinny (5'10" - 155lbs) but people that are way skinnier then me dont have this. I've been trying to eat more to fill it out, but it just makes my gut bigger.

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    Saxon Side Bends

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    Torso rotation.
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    In order: saxon side bends, side bends, suitcase deadlifts, one-arm farmers walk, and landmines

    You really don't need to do much more than saxon side bends and side bends IMHO.

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    thanks for the replies
    got any links that show how those exercises are done?

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    Google "Saxon Side Bends" and use the first link for descriptions for a bunch of them.

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    Here are two. The rest are pretty self-explanatory I think.

    saxon side bends...

    landmines...
    Last edited by Sensei; 08-26-2005 at 06:30 AM.

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    how far down to each side do you guys usually bend when you do the saxon bends?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei
    Here are two. The rest are pretty self-explanatory I think.

    saxon side bends...

    landmines...
    That guy doing the Saxon side bends looks like his face is going to blow up.

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    When I do side bends I hold one DB to my side and do what he's doing. So I am not holding any weight above my head, just off to the side. I'd hurt my shoulders if I tried it the saxon way... oh those Anglo-Saxons...
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    The point of the saxon technique is that you only have to use a very small amount of weight, and so it shouldn't stress your shoulders.

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    Ah, gotcha.
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    Squat...........?.......................?....................365x5
    Deadlift........?.....................315x5...............435x5
    Weight........180...................192...................185
    BF%.............?......................12.....................12
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    In the picture, look at the way he is holding the dumbells. I was using 15 lbs. each and it was still hurting my shoulders, I switched my grip (instead of thumbs pointing infront of you, I have my thumbs pointing each other) it took the strain away, and I could probably do more weight....feels more comfortable for me this way. Or would holding the dumbells the way I do defeat the purpose of sidebends ?

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    It's hard to picture what you are describing SkinnySadMan.
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    Squat...........?.......................?....................365x5
    Deadlift........?.....................315x5...............435x5
    Weight........180...................192...................185
    BF%.............?......................12.....................12
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    Ok let me try again, palms facing each other.

    http://www.bodyresults.com/_iexer/saxon.jpg
    Last edited by SkinnySadMan; 08-27-2005 at 10:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkinnySadMan
    In the picture, look at the way he is holding the dumbells. I was using 15 lbs. each and it was still hurting my shoulders, I switched my grip (instead of thumbs pointing infront of you, I have my thumbs pointing each other) it took the strain away, and I could probably do more weight....feels more comfortable for me this way. Or would holding the dumbells the way I do defeat the purpose of sidebends ?
    I do sidebends w. 100lb+ dumbells without much difficulty and I use 10lb dumbells when I do saxons...

    It doesn't really matter how you hold the dumbells and it's ok to bend your arms to take some stress off your shoulders if necessary, but like Nash said you shouldn't need much weight at all. You could try using a single DB or a plate if it feels better.

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