Exercise 1, the weighted side bend. Exercises are tools that exist on a spectrum of Risk v. Reward. The lumbar spine has “functional rigidity,” and isn’t necessarily intended to laterally flex under loads. Sure, you probably can work your obliques this way but why? You might have a reason, but if not, why risk it.
Exercise 2. Side bends with weight loaded equally in opposite directions. This Is usually performed vigorously by people with no concept of basic physics.
3. The Palov Press. This is deceptively challenging exercise the develops the anti-rotation aspect of the core musculature in a way it’s actually used in life and sports. Progress this exercise into “stir the pot” or perform from a low lunge to make it especially challenging. #whenyousaycoreyoureallyjustmeanabs #core #corestrength #abs #palovpress #stupidexercises #fitnesd