I think it has more to do with how your obliques are shaped and where they insert. If I'm at a high bodyfat%, I find training abs helps firm everything up a bit and make me look like I have a smaller waist. Ironically, when I'm at a lower bodyfat%, sometimes training abs makes my obliques stick out a little more and make me look like I have a larger waist. But at that point my waist is already pretty small and it doesn't look bad...girls like that look anyway
You're not going to start looking like Ronnie and Jay from doing some side bends, though. The difference is going to be in fractions of an inch or maybe an inch, not inches.
^That's one shot. Plus I think his lack of back width isn't helping.
I think it'll only really make much difference if you're doing weighted exercises for them. If not then it'll probably hjelp keep the area tight. It's one of the areas you don't want to put size on just detail so don't do any weighted exercises and you should be fine.
ve been looking to target upper obliques without the lower for the "V" shape and found this: What do you think from Improver101..............
The first abdominal exercise is one that I call the "Stretched Flying Cable Crunch." It is done using the Cable Crossover machine. This exercise allows you to place direct tension on the upper oblique area to sides of the upper
abs where the obliques form the "fingers" that truly finish a physique.
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Start by attaching two single handles to the high pulleys of the crossover machine. You will be using a moderately heavy weight for the exercise itself but you can start light to get an idea of the movement first.
Grasping the two handles, kneel down then walk a few steps forward on your knees. As you kneel down, you will need to rotate your shoulders so that your arms are being stretched behind your back (your palms will be facing up in
this position). The reason you want to step forward a bit is to get a better stretch on the obliques.
From this position, you can perform one of three movements: a cable crunch straight forward, a side crunch to the left or a side crunch to the right. The angle of the cables form a direct line of pull for the obliques on the opposing side of the body, e.g. when you side crunch to the left, the right pulley has a direct line of pull on the left obliques.
I've found that a good way to execute this exercise is to cycle between the three movements during the set - do one crunch to the front, one to the left, one to the front, one to the right, one to the front, one back to the left, etc. This will give you a balanced workload on the abs. You can also choose to just focus on the obliques by going back and forth between the two sides.
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