People start to learn that there are other muscles without abs, pecs and biceps. And while these other muscles are obviously needed for all the practical reasons, they also affect our looks considerably. One of those lesser known muscles are obliques. More and more people want to know which way to train those muscles that make such a nice 'frame' on the sides of our abs. Should we do oblique workouts with or without weights?
There are various cases when it is quite reasonable to do exercises with weights. One motive to do that is if you want or need very strong oblique muscles. Then few reps of side bends or twists with very heavy weights will do the job. That is also done by some guys who have a genetically thin waist and big pelvis. There is nothing wrong with a very thin waist, but some men do not prefer a look that is close to the hourglass proportions. Because of that, they use body building style 8-12 repetition sets to build up the waist. Of course after such a hardcore isolation training, they really get thicker waists despite the genes.
However, there is also a bunch of situations when you might want to do oblique workouts without weights. Firstly, it is important to understand that a lot of athletes have very strong obliques even thought they have not done weighed oblique exercises. Why? Well, obliques get trained by many different exercises as synergists or stabilizers. Dead lifts, lunges, squats, step ups, and many more exercises involve obliques. That is why athletes do not need much more separate isolation exercises for obliques.
Another reason would be aesthetic concerns. There are also guys with stocky build, and very thick mid-sections. That again is not a big problem for most of the activities, but some might want a certain shoulder to waist proportions, so they avoid weight exercises. Body weight exercises for obliques usually do not cause big muscle growth on the waist.
When you do any exercise that requires twisting or bending of your spell, be careful. Do you have some old back injuries? Maybe you have some lower-back pain that is bothering you for years, but you do not know a cause. Visit your doctor to find out is it OK to do oblique exercises. Even if there is a problem with your spine, doctor might allow you to do some body weight training, but no weighted exercises. Some people avoid any oblique weight exercises because they feel too hard on the back, although there are no underlying medical conditions.