The Holy Obliques Superset Workout

It’s been a while REALLY long time since I shared a workout with you guys. Sorry about that.

This is a workout that I taught in one of my classes a couple of weeks ago. It left everything on my body sore, but especially my obliques. Please note that while this exact workout is not directly plucked from the Modern Woman’s Guide to Strength Training program I’ve been doing, many of the exercises I chose for this workout are GGS inspired.

holy obliques superset workout

I used 20 and 25 pound dumbbells for this workout, but please choose weight according to your own fitness levels and the setting you are in. Just make sure you are using enough weight (and enough resistance with the bands) so that you are challenging yourselves. If you don’t understand why this workout is called “The Holy Obliques Superset Workout” the next day, that’s a pretty good indicator of needing to increase the amount of weight you are using.

Instead of putting my cardio blasts in between strength sets like I usually teach, I’ve been enjoying ending class with cardio finishers lately. For the cardio finisher after this superset workout, we did what my friend Jess called a burpee and bear crawl spectacular (this one is from GGS): 10 burpees, bear crawl half the group ex studio. 9 burpees, bear crawl the other half of the group ex studio. 8 burpees, bear crawl, and so on until you get down to your last burpee. This week in class our cardio finisher was to do 20 seconds of jump rope, 10 inchworm walkouts. Then 20 seconds of jump rope, 9 inchworm walkouts, and so on. This sprint workout (either outside or on a cardio machine of choice) is another go to of mine. Box jumps, kettlebell swings, rope or medicine ball slams, the list goes on. Basically the point of a cardio finisher is to get your heart rate up, and it’s appropriate if you are looking to work on cardio conditioning or decrease fat levels without spending hours on a boring machine.

For any exercise modifications or explanation of moves, please email me or leave a comment. That’s what I’m here for.

Happy sweating!

–Let’s chat–
What was the last superset workout you did? What exercises have you been loving lately? What move typically leaves your obliques feeling really sore? Do you add cardio finishers to your strength workouts?

I have a big presentation at work today. I’ll be happy when it’s lunchtime!

9 thoughts on “The Holy Obliques Superset Workout

  1. Love the cardio burner idea. I do that in my UXF Burn classes a lot- usually a 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 rep count of different exercises. It’s fun because people can go at their own pace! I’m going to try the X seconds, X reps format today- thanks! ps I’ve been doing weighted windmills and you’re right- holy obliques. I’ve been coming up with some fun new exercises and it makes class so fun!


  2. Funny thing, we were all chatting about the cardio finishers this morning! I mentioned I really felt those inch worms from the other day and the girls all started chatting about the bear / burpee crawls! I like the new format, its fun and switches things up a bit 🙂


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