When training for a killer midsection, it’s safe to say most guys either forget about or rarely change their oblique workout methods. These long muscles, when well trained and when body fat is low, frame your rectus abdominis (read: your six-pack) and give your waist a more tapered look. They are the aesthetic finish that separate great midsections from average ones.

But what moves should be part of your oblique workout? If you said, “more side crunches,” you wouldn’t be completely wrong, but there are better options out there.

Contrary to the collective, stale mindset about training your obliques, there are actually many exercises you can perform to hit those side muscles and give you a better physique.

Here are the top seven exercises to add to your oblique workouts, based on overall effectiveness.

Fitness model working out his lower abs with a dumbbell doing a weighted crunch

30-Minute Dumbbell Abs Workout

Chisel your six-pack abs and obliques with this efficient circuit.

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