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Oblique exercises to get that V-shape?

post #1 of 14
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What are some good exercises to get that V shape in the lower stomach region (from the Obliques down to the pelvic area)? I do alot of core work (incld. squats) but I still dont seem to have that V shape. When I flex my abs the front is rock hard but the outer area is soft (almost like there isnt a whole lot of muscle there).... I never do any Oblique exercises so I am guessing that is how to get the V but I am not really sure which I should be doing....

any suggestions?
post #2 of 14
Honest question: why do you care?

Those aren't the obliques anyway. They're the trasverse abdominals and your answer is heavy core work (good mornings, squats, deadlift).
post #3 of 14
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Honest question: why do you care?

Those aren't the obliques anyway. They're the trasverse abdominals and your answer is heavy core work (good mornings, squats, deadlift).

Dont really care that much more just interested. So those have nothing to do with ab work? what would be some Oblique exercises? only one I know of is those plate bends when u take a 45 in one hand standing and kind of bend to the side (dont seem to do shit though, kinda a waste of time).
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Dont really care that much more just interested. So those have nothing to do with ab work? what would be some Oblique exercises? only one I know of is those plate bends when u take a 45 in one hand standing and kind of bend to the side (dont seem to do shit though, kinda a waste of time).
Like I said, those muscles you're referring to are deep abdominals called the transverse abdominals and they stabilize the spine. Any heavy loading on the spine will work them. I remember a few years ago when I got into heavy strength work I'd wake up the next morning and feel sick to my stomach from the way they'd press onto the nerves in that region. Anyway, it's all about deadlift, squats, and good mornings. If you've got a legitimate 350+lb. deadlift or so you should be able to see them.
post #5 of 14
A lot of it is to have like Van Wilder guy is genetics.
post #6 of 14
Over the past year I got those, at first I thought it was my diet but really I think it was also when I added in more deadlifts, planks and side planks to my weekly routine.
post #7 of 14
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Dont really care that much more just interested. So those have nothing to do with ab work? what would be some Oblique exercises? only one I know of is those plate bends when u take a 45 in one hand standing and kind of bend to the side (dont seem to do shit though, kinda a waste of time).

Obliques are on the side... the exercise you describe is an oblique exercise, but the muscle group you describe is not (as why said) the obliques.
post #8 of 14
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If you've got a legitimate 350+lb. deadlift or so you should be able to see them.

Only if your bodyfat is low enough, of course.
post #9 of 14
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I did all the reccomended exercises today (sans planks because I have never done them and want to read about the proper form/postiion first). I also added in hanging leg raises(7 set sof 12), which is the exercise that actually felt like it did the most in that region... instead of doing various forms of crunches mixed in with my normal work outs I am thinking of just adding planks (reg and side) and hanging leg raises. Upper abs already feel fine and a number of my regular exercises already work them so I kinda am thinking its a waste of time to be doing crunches and what not when I could be on the treadmill..
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Cary Grant View Post
Only if your bodyfat is low enough, of course.
For the bottom of them to show it shouldn't take much more than not having dunlop. Most men don't store much fat below the femoral head.
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I did all the reccomended exercises today (sans planks because I have never done them and want to read about the proper form/postiion first). I also added in hanging leg raises(7 set sof 12), which is the exercise that actually felt like it did the most in that region... instead of doing various forms of crunches mixed in with my normal work outs I am thinking of just adding planks (reg and side) and hanging leg raises. Upper abs already feel fine and a number of my regular exercises already work them so I kinda am thinking its a waste of time to be doing crunches and what not when I could be on the treadmill..
'Feeling' them shouldn't be relied upon. Not only is the peripheral nervous system in the abdominal region all messed up (hence stomach pain from a testicular blow), but the 'feel' you get is from higher-repetition exercises being used on already-tired muscles that build up a decent amount lactic acid.
post #11 of 14
The p90x Ab Ripper dvd really helped me get that V-shape down there. But I think it's mainly due to having a ow bodyfat.

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Originally Posted by pg600rr View Post
What are some good exercises to get that V shape in the lower stomach region (from the Obliques down to the pelvic area)? I do alot of core work (incld. squats) but I still dont seem to have that V shape. When I flex my abs the front is rock hard but the outer area is soft (almost like there isnt a whole lot of muscle there).... I never do any Oblique exercises so I am guessing that is how to get the V but I am not really sure which I should be doing....

any suggestions?
post #12 of 14
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The p90x Ab Ripper dvd really helped me get that V-shape down there. But I think it's mainly due to having a ow bodyfat.

ha I always see the p90x dvd infomercial on TV, how is that shit does it really work? I have been tryin to find someone with it so I could burn it.... hint hint
post #13 of 14
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Honest question: why do you care?

Sex appeal. What other reason is there for working out?


From what I've heard around, laying leg-lifts and hanging leg-lifts really work those muscles.
post #14 of 14
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Sex appeal. What other reason is there for working out?
*points to sig* Not to mention being able to feel good, and feel good about yourself when you look in the mirror.
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