Primary muscles: Glutes, inner thighs, obliques
Secondary muscles: Quads, hamstrings, core, hip flexors, calves
Equipment: No equipment
SUMO SIDE BENDS INSTRUCTIONS
1. Stand with your feet in a wide stance, your toes pointing out to the sides and your hands behind your head.
2. Bend your knees, press your hips back and bring your right elbow toward your right knee.
3. Repeat on the left side and keep alternating sides until the set is complete.
PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN
Engage your core, keep your spine and neck neutral and breathe out as you crunch to the side. Maintain your knees in line with your toes, don’t bend your spine forward nor backward, and breathe in as you return to the starting position.
The sumo side bends targets your glutes, inner thighs and obliques. This exercise tightens the entire side ab wall, strengthens your lower body and improves your posture and flexibility.
SETS AND REPS
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