When we talk about sculpting our core, obliques, and arms, dreadful planks and crunches pop up in our minds. What if I tell you that you can actually tighten up those areas without having to do those types of exercises? Ever heard of side to side chop? Yep, that one. Today, I’ll be sharing to you how it works and how to actually perform this workout.
Muscles Involved In Side To Side Chop
Side to side chop is an uncommon yet very efficient type of exercise. You can use this to strengthen particular muscle groups. Here’s the full list of its targets:
- Core Muscle
- Lower Back
As I mentioned, this particular exercise carves your obliques, arms, and core. More than that, side to side chop can also carve other muscles in your body. These are your shoulders and lower back.
How To Perform Side To Side Chop
This type of workout may seem very simple when you see others doing it or at your first try. But, you should note that it’s the regularity of doing this that helps you achieve your goal. This doesn’t only apply to this featured exercise but to all other exercises as well. So, enough with the side notes and let’s get to the how’s.
- Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart
- Imagine holding a sword upright with both hands, arms extended slightly in front of you.
- Swing your arms to the side as if you are chopping a bamboo with a sword
- Do 10 reps; repeat.
Using the side to side chop creates a strong core for sports and life adventures. Unlike other types of chop exercise styles, this one doesn’t need any equipment, plus you can do it at home. You can do it anytime and anywhere.
To make the exercise more intense, increase the execution speed. Faster chopping means harder work for your muscles. Hence, you’ll get a faster appearance of sculpted arms and obliques.
Toning and strengthening your core is easy to think and say but not easy to execute. Now, with side to side chops, you can do another way to achieve your core goals minus the planks and crunches. Here’s a video below for you to see how to do the exercise.