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The Obliques Killer Workout, Side Planks

If you are searching for a workout to get rid of your side tiers, then this is the right workout for you.

Side planks muscles worked

The side plank is a great workout for obliques and also for many more muscles like glutes, hamstrings , quadriceps and abductors. But it primarily work as a abs exercise as it targets more on oblique muscles.

Side Planks Benefits

Side plank is a great workout with many benefits. It primarily targets your obliques but it also strengthens core, legs, arms and wrists and also it helps to improve balance of the body. Simply side planks will tone your shoulders, obliques and leg muscles as well.

Side Plank Variations

As well as other exercises, this exercise also have many other variations. You can choose the variation that you need to do, according to the muscle that you need to work on.

  • Bent-Knee Side Plank – This is most suitable for beginners as this is the easiest one. In this variation you can place your knee on the ground instead of the feet
  • Side Plank This is the usual variation which is little bit advanced than the previous. Steps to perform this variation will be explained at the bottom of the page.
  • Elevated Side Plank – In this variation, the only difference is you are placing your palm on the ground instead of your elbow. Other steps are same as the below.
  • Side Plank With Leg Lift – This is a way advanced than the previous variation. The steps to perform this is almost same as the usual side plank. The only difference is you are lifting the leg which is not on the ground.
  • Side Plank Knee to Elbow Crunch – This is also another advanced variation of side planks. In this variation, you are crunching the remaining hand and the leg which is in the top side of your body.
  • Side Plank Rotations – This variation is also can be known as a advanced variation. In here, you have to position same as the way in the usual side plank at first. Then you have to alter your hands and legs by rotating and then keep your other elbow and feet on the ground. Continue this alternation until your reps are done.

Steps to perform Side Planks

So here are the basic steps to perform usual side planks accurately.

  • Lay a mat on the floor and lie on it on your right side (Your palm should be right below your shoulder and feet must be straighten and keep as shown in the above picture)
  • Your head, shoulder and feet must be in the same line
  • Now maintain this position as much as you can for best results
  • For side plank reps, you can do 3 sets of 30 S, 1 minute
  • While holding the position make sure you are lifting your hips without letting them fall down to touch the ground

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Abs Arms Chest Core Deltoid Glutes Hamstrings Healthy lifestyle HIIT Quadriceps Shoulders Triceps Workouts

The Best Full Body Strength Training Exercise, Burpees

Burpees is a great full body workout for calorie burning exercises. It is usually an essential exercise for HIIT workout sessions. So if you are up to burn your excess fat, then it is a must to add burpees in to your routine. As it is a full body workout, it works on many of your muscles including arms, chest, abs, glutes, quads and hamstrings also.  

Burpees Benefits

Burpees is a workout with many benefits as it works on many of your body muscles. It builds your muscle strength in your legs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, arms, shoulders and chest. But most importantly, it will help you to burn calories. For an average person, 10 – 15 calories will burn if you perform burpees for about 60 seconds.

Burpees variations

In this exercise also there are few variations to target different muscles. But in this case, all of them are suitable for fat burning because they all are high insensitive workouts. Some of the variations of burpees exercise are as follows.

  • Push up burpees This is the most usual variation of the burpees exercise. The steps to perform this variation will be discussed below.
  • Side burpees – This variation is also very similar to the usual burpees variation. The only difference in this is you have to jump to the side instead of the back. All other steps are same as in the usual variation.
  • Superman burpees – In this burpees variation, instead of the push up part, all other steps are similar. You have to perform superman posture instead. If you do not know about superman exercise, just click below to know everything about it.
    Superman Exercise
  • Star jump burpees – In this variation also the only difference is you have to perform star jump instead of the usual push up.
  • Tuck jump burpees – instead of push up you should do a tuck jump. Click down below if you don’t know how to perform star jump and tuck jump.
    Star & Tuck Jump
  • Bench burpees – In this variation you have to jump on to a fixed bench or a stair instead of the push up.

How to do Burpees?

The basic movement used in usual burpees  can be performed as the given steps down below.

  • Begin in a standing position
  • Move into a squat position with your hands on the ground
  • Kick your feet back into a plank position, while keeping your arms extended
  • Return your feet into squat position immediately
  • Stand up from the squat position 
  • Perform burpees for 3 sets of 12, 15 or 20 repetitions

You can follow the picture shown below the topic to have more convenience. So, get ready to change your body.

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Arms Back Core Deltoid Shoulders Trapezius Workouts

The Most Beneficial Exercise for Strong Shoulders, Lateral raises

The dumbbell lateral raise is a great upper body workout which will work on many of your muscles. It will primarily affect shoulder muscles, Deltoid and Trapezius in detail. But if you perform lateral raises correctly, it will also affect your arms, neck and on your core.

Now if we looked into the benefits and importance of lateral raises on our body, there are few. Main benefit of performing this exercise for men is, it will give you strong and broad shoulders. Also for women, this exercise will help you to have a nice shoulder and back instead of flabby fat. Another important point for both men and women is, lateral raises will help you to improve your shoulder mobility.

Now let’s move on to the question how to perform dumbbell lateral raises correctly. So here are the basic steps to perform the exercise.

  • Stand on your feet shoulder width apart, with a dumbbell on each hand
  • Keep your back and core straight
  • Now slowly lift the dumbbells out to the sides until your hands are almost parallel to the floor (your elbows should have a slight bent)
  • Hold for 1 or 2 seconds
  • Lower your arms slowly
  • Repeat the steps

Do 3 sets of such 10 – 25 repetitions. Make sure to get a light weight if you are a beginner. Select a weight which you can do the total number of repetitions in a 1 set without having intervals in the set. 

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The Most Powerful Lower Body Workout, The Squats

Squats is the greatest workout to work your leg muscles including your abs. When you perform squats it will active your quads, hamstrings, glutes, abs and also calves. Squats is a great exercise with many benefits. It helps to build your quads, calves and hamstrings while improving the muscle mass. Also squats will help you to activate your glute and back muscles.

For ladies, squats is a indispensable workout which cannot be replaced by any other exercise, to activate glute muscles to get a round big buttocks. Also there are many variations of squats. Some of them can be listed as jump squats, sumo squats, barbell squats, front squat, goblet squat etc. In here I am going to present you the steps to perform the traditional weighted squat with weight plates or dumbbells.

  • Stand on your feet with a little wider than the shoulder width apart
  • Hold the weight (weight plate or dumbbell) with both of your hands symmetrically
  • Let the weight hang downwards freely
  • Bend your knees in a posture like seating on a chair, until your thighs are almost parallel to the floor
  • Your Shoulders must stay back and core should be straight with no bends
  • Press your feet and straighten your legs to reach a standing position
  • Hold this position for few seconds
  • Reach back to the initial position
  • Do 3 sets of 10, 12 or 15 repetitions
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Abs Back Core Glutes Legs Workouts

The Most Effective Full Body Workout, Barbell Dead-lifts

Barbell dead lifts is a powerful workout to active almost all muscles in our body. It works many muscles including quadriceps, inner thighs, glute muscles, lats, hamstrings, abdominal and oblique muscles.

Since in this exercise we are dealing with lot of weights than just a pair of dumbbells, I recommend for the beginners to definitely take assists by an instructor or a knowledgeable person before performing this exercise.

Since the number of active muscles are higher, we get many benefits out of barbell dead lifts. Unlike other exercises, dead-lifts will also involves in fat burning process too.

Here are the basic steps to perform barbell dead-lifts correctly.

  • Stand with your feet slightly less than the shoulder width apart, feet under the middle of the barbell
  • Slightly bend your knees and grab the barbell with a space wider than your shoulder width (Thumbs should face to each other and in a manner that other fingers are pointed towards you)
  • Stand slowly while straightening your legs and back (squeeze your glutes while standing)
  • Hold for few seconds
  • Go back to the initial step (just touch the ground by the barbell and stand again)
  • Do for 3 sets of 8, 10, 12 or 15 repetitions

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The Best Upper Body Workout, Dumbbell Reverse Fly

Dumbbell reverse fly is another great workout which targets major upper back muscles and rear shoulder muscles. This works on rear shoulder blades by causing shoulder blades to pull in toward each other.

Also reverse fly is a great workout with many benefits including, improving balance and posture, improving strength and stamina and reducing pains in neck and shoulder. Another positive thing in dumbbell reverse fly is, you do not need to go to a gym to perform this exercise. You can do it on your own home just with pair of dumbbells.

Here are the steps to perform the dumbbell reverse fly.

  • Stand on your feet with shoulder width apart while holding dumbbells on your sides
  • Slightly bend your knees and bend your core to the front until almost parallel to the floor
  • Then let the dumbbells to hang freely towards down
  • Make sure to maintain your back straight without any bends
  • Then raise your both arms to outwards while squeezing the shoulder blades (maintain a slight bend in your elbows when raising the dumbbells)
  • Come back to the initial position which the dumbbells hanged freely
  • Repeat for 3 sets of 15 repetitions

Make sure to select a dumbbell with a low weight if you are a beginner. If not you can start with a lower weight and increase the weights when doing second and third sets.

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The Best Full Body Strengthening Workout, Push ups

Push ups is not just a great multi purpose workout, but also it is a measure of your fitness level. Push ups helps to strengthen upper body and core muscles by engaging abdominal muscles. Also it works triceps, pectoral muscles and shoulders when performing the exercise. Also push ups will maintain body balance and create a good posture.

There are many other variations of push ups also instead of the traditional push ups. But here I am going to

Follow the below steps to perform the push up exercise accurately.

  • Lay a mat on the ground
  • Lie on it on fours, facing down
  • Place your palms straightly downwards of your shoulders with slightly wider than the shoulder width
  • Now straighten your arms and legs
  • Hold for few seconds and slowly lower your body to the initial position
  • Repeat for 3 sets of your maximum number of repetitions

In here, the maximum is the number of repetitions that you can do at a raw no more after. Try to do 20 – 25 repetitions if you are a beginner. Even if your maximum is less than that, it is okay you can improve it later with the experience. It is good to do 100 – 150 push ups daily if your maximum is 50 or higher.

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The Most Effective Workout for Back Strengthening, The Superman

Superman workout is another great workout to perform as it specially targets your lower back. Not only that, it works on your glute muscles and helps to build up your core.

Our back does a major role in maintaining our body postures and also it helps to show how fit you are. Not having a strong and nice back is a very common problem in women. Because even though you are not fat, but it forms like you have tires when you wear your bra. It really reduces your personality and obviously it is not nice at all. So here I’m presenting another great workout to strengthen your back.

Follow the below steps to know how to perform the superman exercise.

  • Lay a mat on the floor
  • Lie on the mat facing down
  • Stretch both of your hands pointing towards your head and your legs towards your bottom (stretch your hands and legs to the opposite directions)
  • Now lift your hands and legs at the same time and try to lift high as much as you can from the ground
  • Hold this position for about 5 -10 Seconds
  • Slowly lower to the initial position
  • Do 3 sets with such 15 repetitions

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Best Exercise for a Strong Back, Glute Bridges

Glute bridge is a great workout for back as well as for glutes. Also this is a very beneficial workout for the people who cannot do hard workouts with weights such as squats due to back or knee pain. Also this is a great workout for ladies to get round and big buttocks. Another plus point of glute bridges is it can create the right body posture which were weaken and shorten by seating all day.

Also there are more than one method of variations in glute bridges. Few of them can be listed as follows.

  • Single leg Bridge – In single leg bridge you are only keeping 1 feet on the floor. Other leg is carrying in air and therefore whole your body weight is given for the leg on the ground. so, have to do same number of repetitions for both of the legs.
  • Banded Glute Bridge – In banded glute bridge you have to use a band to give more thrust instead of the traditional glute bridge.
  • Weighted Bridge – In weighted glute bridge is more effective as the weight that you are lifting is higher than lifting your own body. You can carry a barbell with weights or a weight plate as you can carry.
  • Elevated Bridge – In elevated bridge, the only difference with the traditional glute bridge is you are not keeping your feets on the ground. Instead you are keeping your feets on a bench or a box.
  • Single leg Elevated Bridge – In this, you are keeping only 1 leg on the bench or the box. Other leg is straighten and you are carrying it while moving.

Here are the basic steps of performing Glute bridges or Bridges exercise.

  • Lay a mat on the ground and lie on it
  • Place your feet elevated or not, as per the variation of the glute bridge you hope to perform
  • Keep your arms beside your hip
  • Press the feet and lift your buttocks until your back turns to a flat inclined plane (while lifting make sure to squeeze your butt muscles)
  • Hold for few seconds
  • Come to the initial position by lowering your buttocks
  • Rest for few seconds then repeat again
  • Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions if you are a beginner. Or else try for 1 set of 50 repetitions
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Abs Workouts

Most Effective Exercise for Strong Abs, The Bicycle Crunches

Bicycle crunches is a great workout to tone your rectus abdominus muscles and oblique muscles at the same time. But as I have stated in my previous articles, you will not get any results if your fat percentage is higher than 10% . Because any of these ab exercises will not help you to burn your fat. These workouts will work only, if you follow them with HIIT or cardio workouts only. Then only you can tone your ab muscles while burning the deposited fat on your body.

So here are the basic steps to perform the great exercise bicycle crunches, which have many benefits including ab strengthening.

  • Lay a mat on the ground and lie on it
  • Put your hands behind your head after crossing the fingers
  • Keep your legs straighten and lift them for about 20 -30 degrees inclination
  • Now move your right elbow towards your chest while bringing the left knee to the chest to touch the right elbow (Important: make sure to move your shoulders when moving your elbows, without moving just the elbow)
  • Now come back to the initial inclined position and do the same for left elbow and right knee
  • Repeat for 50 – 100 repetitions
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