Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredBarbell
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypeN/A
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
    Lower Back
Target Muscle Group


Abs Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Barbell Side Bends Instructions

  1. Grab a light barbell and rest it across the back of your shoulders. Rest the bar on the muscle (traps), not your neck.
  2. Sit down on a flat bench with your feet at wider than shoulder width apart and your back straight.
  3. Slowly move the right side of the bar towards floor while keeping your back straight and your eyes looking forward. Stretch as far as possible.
  4. Slowly raise the bar back up and straight down to the left side (do not pause in the middle).
  5. Repeat for desired reps.

Side Bend Tips:

  1. Always keep your eyes facing forwards, so don't look down or to the side.
  2. This exercise works the obliques so try and focus on contraction and stretch of the obliques throughout the movement.
  3. This exercise can also be done while standing.