Weighted side bends....yay or nay?

Discussion in 'Female Training Discussion' started by shan, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. MadMick

    MadMick Member

    May 12, 2011
    This is true
  2. acon83

    acon83 TID VIP Lady Member

    Jul 6, 2011

    LOVE them both! I prefer decline bench crunches with a 10-15lb dumbell in my hands!
  3. jdjack

    jdjack MuscleHead

    Sep 22, 2010
    Anyone whos done heavy squatting knows they work the abs very well. Vacuums work well too. They hit the Transversus Abdom. It'll keep everything flat.
  4. MAYO

    MAYO Bad Mother

    Sep 27, 2010
    That's where I got my turtle shell.....at the heavy squat depot, lol.
  5. Wolf

    Wolf MuscleHead

    Dec 25, 2010
    I find them useful but then again useful for athletics isn't necessary useful for bodybuilding. If you are doing adequate freeweight compound movements your abs should get to a pretty good point. In my experience it does thicken the waist.
  6. ritch

    ritch MuscleHead

    Dec 4, 2011
    I see people doing them all the time, ever notice the people who train their abs the most have the worst abs? Abs, to look their best do need training, obliques, I would pass on, they will come in as you get lean.
  7. bigdave1967

    bigdave1967 Member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Don't bother with any type of standing weighted side bends. Useless exercise. Side planks work better.
  8. sassy69

    sassy69 VIP Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    First of all, these are the people who usually have no clue. They tend to be chubby moms because its an easy exercise and looks like it does something for your waist.

    Abs are made in the kitchen.

    Weighted stuff has the potential to make them "thick" since you are building the muscle and not "spot reducing". I've also never actually "felt" anything from them. My oblique work consists of oblique v-ups, hanging side crunches, some broom / trunk twists, but given displaying abs & obliques is part of bodybuilding mandatories, I practice the shit out of vacuums and an interesting variation of ab contractions w/ a single grip on the lat pull down and some weight like 40-60 lb. Its very, very mind-muscle oriented.

    And I agree - full-body stabilization exercises are less dramatic but more productive - planks, side planks.
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  9. SHINE

    SHINE MuscleHead

    Oct 11, 2010
    Yes I was gona say definitely if anything thicken up your waist, good if your a MMA guy or wrestler but other than that NO.
  10. BrotherIron

    BrotherIron TID Board Of Directors

    Mar 6, 2011
    Not true... it's also GREAT if you're a strength athlete. Try having your trunk support 800lbs+ pounds while squatting. You'll find it's not easy if you have a small waist. So for those who compete in strength sports like Oly lifting, SM, and PLing this movement is actually very beneficial to help support the load you'll be lifting.

    For BBing, it's actually going to work against you.

    So it all depends on what sport you compete or take part in.
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  11. Gstacker

    Gstacker MuscleHead

    Aug 19, 2011
    Well the guys I see doing side bends don't look like they can support 800 lbs lol
    But thanks bi I was wondering if it had use for power lifting...
  12. SHINE

    SHINE MuscleHead

    Oct 11, 2010

    Why sure, lota MMA is using oly lifting as a part of there training now,,
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