With so much focus on booty-building and crunches, side-body muscles are easy to overlook. But muscles such as the obliques and gluteus medius play a key role in our ability to maintain proper posture and can even increase our sense of stability. Working side body muscles can also help create the defined waistline that so many of us are looking to achieve. If your fitness goals include working your side body but you’re in need of some inspiration, there are plenty of videos on YouTube to help get you started. Here are a few fun and effective workouts we love.
5-Minute Side Abs & Obliques Burn
Whether you’re just starting out or are just tight on time, this short-and-sweet workout by Move with Nicole will have you feeling the burn in all the right places. It includes 5 movements performed for 45 seconds each to effectively work your abs and obliques.
10-Minute Side Booty Shaper
When it comes to booty workouts, the most popular exercises include squats and back leg lifts, but working your side muscles is just as important. This 10-minute video by pilates instructor Cassey Ho includes moves like clam shells and fire hydrants to help sculpt your glutes and strengthen your core.
10-Minute Obliques Workout
This video by instructor Elizabeth Chu is labeled as “*extremely effective,” and wow, is that an accurate description. It includes 17 movements performed for 30 seconds to 1 minute each and will leave you feeling sore, yet strong.