Standing Side Bend
The standing side bend works your obliques, and celeb trainer Harley Pasternak recommends this move to keep your waist tight. We like that it simultaneously stretches one side of your torso while working the other — it feels good.
- Stand with your feet a little wider than hip-distance apart holding a five- to 10-pound dumbbell over your head. Squeeze your head with your upper arms to fire up your core and protect your neck.
- Bend sideways to the right, squeezing your waist on the right side. Keep your neck as neutral as possible, looking forward, not down.
- Pull the left ribs down to return to standing upright. This focuses the work on the left obliques. Switch sides, and bend to the left to complete one rep.
- Repeat for a total of 12 reps.