💪 3 Best Oblique Workouts for Stronger Abs

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Today's Ripped Report is full of so much bodybuilding content that you can practically smell the tanning spray. (We're told the smell should go away after 15 minutes or so. In the meantime, crack a window.)

Here’s what we’ve got:

  • The best oblique workouts to build your core for all experience levels 

  • Men’s Open bodybuilder Regan Grimes’ push day workout with reigning Mr. Olympia Derek Lunsford

  • A breakdown of 2023 Mr. Olympia Derek Lunsford’s machine workout for a bigger back 


Oblique Obliterators

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Everyone wants to carve their own six-pack — it’s probably why you signed up for this newsletter in the first place. But if you want a truly well-rounded core, you also need to pay attention to your obliques (the side ab muscles) to get real results.

Explore the art of lateral flexion (side bending) and rotation (twisting) with our comprehensive guide to obliques below. It features a range of movements and workouts tailored to all skill levels. With detailed modifications and instructions, we provide the tools you need to excel at oblique workouts, whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced athlete. 

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Push It to the Limit 

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Men’s Open bodybuilder Regan Grimes recently teamed up with reigning Mr. Olympia Derek Lunsford for an intense chest, shoulder, and triceps workout during a fitness expo in South Korea. Grimes is on a quest to clinch a pro-show victory, a crucial step to earning his spot at the 2024 Mr. Olympia. And there's no better mentor than Mr. Olympia himself for this journey.

Their regimen was anchored by machine exercises, utilizing the chest press, pec deck flyes, and standing machine lateral raises to tax their upper bodies. Grimes and Lunsford emphasized constant tension, controlled eccentrics, and strategic pauses over lifting heavier weights to enhance pec growth. They leveraged drop sets and partial reps in specific exercises to intensify neuromuscular fatigue.

Discover the advanced techniques these elite athletes employed to execute these nine pivotal chest-building exercises.


6 Back Builders 

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Want even more from Lunsford? During the same trip to South Korea, the reigning Mr. O also went through a rigorous back workout session with Grimes and other bodybuilders. In a video documenting their workout in front of a live crowd, Lunsford shared his insights on utilizing machines to build a massive back. Here are the six moves the bodybuilders tackled:

  • Lat Pulldown 

  • Plate-Loaded Machine Row 

  • Chest-Supported Machine Row 

  • Seated Cable Row 

  • Superset: Cable Pullover & Machine Assisted Pull-Up


BowFlex Sell-Off

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  • Fitness equipment brand BowFlex filed for bankruptcy and sold for $37.5 million. What does this mean for the fitness industry? Listen to our breakdown on the Strength Weekly podcast with hosts David Tao and Phil Blechman. 

  • Strength coach Kelly Matthews explains how to perform the bench press correctly. Learn how beginners should set up for this move and the common mistakes to avoid to maximize chest growth. 

  • A certified nutrition coach explains how to make a delicious homemade electrolyte drink with simple ingredients.