As we enter  into the colder weather, we also wave hello to the best time to prep for bikini season.There’s no better time to whittle your waist for tummy-baring tops and body-boosting swimwear. A few oblique moves can easily add some definition to your side, so try these simple exercises for a little extra va va voom!

These five basic yet effective exercises target the obliques (the side abdominal muscles). Shaping up this area does wonders in complimenting a toned tum and waist, so don’t think that you’ve got the mid-section covered if all you’re doing are planks and crunches.

How To Do This Oblique Workout:

Kit You’ll Need:

  • 3-8kg medicine ball
  • Swiss ball

Beginners: Sets 2 Reps 10

Intermediate: Sets 3 Reps 15

Advanced: Sets 4 Reps 15

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1. Ankle touches:

How to:

  • Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
  • Crunch your shoulder blades off the floor so that you are facing forwards.
  • With arms straight and parallel to the floor, reach your right hand to your right ankle, then your left hand to your left ankle.
  • Keep your shoulder blades off the floor throughout.

2. Leg circles:

How to:

  • Lie on the floor with arms out to the sides flat on the floor for support.
  • Hold your legs about 6 inches off the floor, extended.
  • Rotate your lower body towards the left, bringing your knees in towards your chest.
  •  Lower to the right, keeping the knees drawn in, then extend them as your rotate back to the start.
  •  This should be performed in a circular flowing motion.

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3. Leg twists:

How to:

  • Lie on the floor with arms flat for support.
  • With a medicine ball gripped between your lower legs, extend your legs towards the ceiling.
  • Slowly lower your feet to the left until they almost reach the ground, then raise them to the start and lower to the right.

4. Plank circles:

How to:

  • With feet on the floor and forearms on a Swiss ball, keep your body in plank position in a straight line.
  •  Make circular clockwise motions with your elbows for half of the set, then in the opposite direction for the rest of the set.

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5. Russian twist:

How to:

  • Sit on the floor with legs bent and feet a few inches from the floor.
  • Hold a medicine ball close to your chest and lean back slightly.
  • Twist your upper body to the right, then to the left, keeping the medicine ball close to your chest throughout.