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Side bends.

Description: Lateral torso movement.

Motions trained: Torso flexion and extension

Main muscles used: Obliques and abdominals
   Other muscles:

How to do it:
Standing with a single weight, bend to one side then come back to starting position. After a set, switch the weight to the other side and repeat.

How to work up to it:Do it without the weight. If you have back trouble stand behind a chair and put your hand on it. Bend towards the chair, using your arm to help. You should try this a few times and work up to having no chair, then do this with a light weight. Work up to the usual heavy weight for your workout.

Ramping it up: Think in terms of extra sets. You can use more weight too if you fancy.

Do's and don'ts: Don't do this too quickly, since the muscles you are targeting are chiefly postural – they are not made for power movements, but to keep you upright.

Comments: Another great exercise to toss in at random or to combine with other movements. Body builders do lots of these to get a nicely proportioned abdomen. I have no objections to that, meaning if you do that it won't screw up some other part of your training.