Standing side bend stretch

The standing side bend stretch is a stretching exercise targeting the obliques, the muscles that run along the side of the core. It is a common inclusion in dynamic warm-ups for the upper body, but can also be performed to help "limber up" for lifting or athletics anytime.


  1. Suitable for beginners
  2. Stretches the obliques and muscles along the rib cage
  3. No equipment required

Standing side bend stretch Images


Standing side bend stretch Instructions

Standing side bend stretch muscle diagram
  1. Take a slightly wider than hip distance stance with your knees slightly bent.
  2. Place your right hand on your right hip to support the spine.
  3. Raise your left arm in a vertical line and place your left hand behind your head. Keep it there as you incline your torso to the right.
  4. Keep your weight evenly distributed between both legs (don't lean into your left hip). Switch sides.