Oblique Exercises with Resistance Band

Within this list, I’m going to show you some oblique exercises with a resistance band. The rubber band is a valuable home exercise equipment to add additional resistance to your core training. It also helps to target your side abs from different angles.

If you use a more energetic band and do fewer reps that make your obliques stronger and more prominent. If you use a weaker band and do a higher number of reps, that helps a bit with burning fat around your waist and develops the endurance of the core muscles.

#1 Standing Abs Twist with Resistance Band


  • Fix the band and step away so that the loop is tense. (The further you go, the harder the exercise will be.)
  • Grab the handle and hold it away from your body with straightened arms.
  • By keeping your back upright, turn as further as you can without lifting or rotating your feet.
  • Slowly with a controlled technique, get back to the starting position.
  • Do as many reps as required, and switch to the other side.

#2 Side Bends

This exercise is an alternative to the dumbbell side bends but has the same effect.

  • Step on the end of the band and tweak it to have enough resistance.
  • By standing straight, bend to the opposite side as far as you can.
  • Stop for a moment and squeeze your oblique.
  • Slowly get back to the starting position.
  • Do the same on the other side.

Note: You can also fix the end of the band somewhere instead of stepping on it.

#3 Heel Tap Crunch

  • Fix the rubber band behind you.
  • Lie on the floor, grab the handles, and sit up a little bit.
  • With the power of your obliques, try to touch your heels on each side.

#4 Single Arm Shoulder Press

While this exercise is mainly for the delts, it also strengthens the obliques as they function as a stabilizer. They don’t let your torso to bend towards the side you lift.

#5 Overhead Side Bend

  • Fix the band about shoulder height.
  • Grab the handle with both of your hands and step away for the required resistance.
  • Stretch your arms upwards and straighten your back.
  • Bend to the opposite side. In the end, stop for a while and squeeze your oblique.
  • Slowly get back to the starting position.

Written by Imre

Imre has been working out for over 20 years. He likes all sorts of strength training and boxing. Since he's a busy father he works out only at home.