Jul 19, 2011 I am curious if any gals are including weighted side bends in their routine and if so, what have you gained from it. I was cautioned long ago about it and warned that it would make my waist "thicker" which would negate the V taper I am going for. I have since heard many variations on it, that light weight and high reps wouldn't cause thickening...high weights wouldn't cause thickening....so....whats the deal? I really really want to have "that waist" with the visible cut in at the hip....should I be doing these or not? My abs are in good shape, just under a lil layer of fat still LOL-just dying to hear what you all think (gals/guys everybody chime in please).