The oblique muscles are divided into internal obliques and external obliques. The internal obliques lie underneath the external obliques and just above the transversus abdominis muscles.
The obliques are primarily responsible bending sideways and twisting your body at the lumbar spine.
On this page, you can find all information you'd want about this muscle. Learn its anatomy, view pictures and discover the best exercises for training it.
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OriginFront of the Iliac crest of the IlliumInguinal ligamentLumbar fascia
InsertionLinea albaConjoint Tendon of the PubisLower 4 ribs
FunctionRotation of the lumbar spineFlexion of the lumbar spineLateral flexion of the lumbar spineIntra-abdominal pressureRespiration
InsertionCrest of the PubisFront of the Iliac crest of the IlliumInguinal ligamentRectus Abdominis Fascia
FunctionsRotation of the lumbar spineFlexion of the lumbar spineLateral flexion of the lumbar spineIntra-abdominal pressureRespiration^ up to TOC2 Arm Overhead Cable Side BendsBicycle CrunchesCable LiftsCable Wood ChoppersDouble Legs to the SidesDouble Knees to the SideHalf Kneeling Cable RotationHanging Oblique Knee RaisesKneeling Cable RotationOblique Hip ThrustsOblique Crunches Feet FlatOblique Crunches Knees CrossedSide Bends with RotationSide CrunchesSide Oblique Heel TouchesSide PlankSide V-InsStanding Cable RotationStanding Side Bends^ up to TOC^ up to TOC
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