30 minute beginner oblique workout with a pull up bar at home

Here's everything you need to try our 30 minute beginner oblique workout with a pull up bar at home. For each circuit, complete each exercise one after the other and repeat it for 3 rounds before continuing on to the next circuit.

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Sean Klein
Last updated
01/04/24
In This Workout
  • Circuit 1
  • Side Plank
  • Circuit 2
  • Side Plank with Reach Through
  • Chin Over Bar Hold
  • Eccentric Pull up

Circuit 1

Complete this round 3 times.

Side Plank

Complete 20 seconds

Coaching Tips For Side Plank

Follow these cues to perform Side Plank correctly:

  • Keep the hips in line with the shoulders
  • Tilt your pelvis so the lower back is slightly rounded and squeeze the abdominals.

Circuit 2

Complete this round 3 times.

Side Plank with Reach Through

Complete 8 repetitions

The side plank with reach through is a great resisting rotation exercise that brings some dynamic movement to the traditional side plank.

Benefits of Side Plank with Reach Through

The main benefit of the side plank with reach through is its ability to create adaptation in the obliques. This exercise can be a great way to build some dynamic core work into a training programme rather than just focusing on the traditional static holds.

How To Do Side Plank with Reach Through

  1. Start in a solid side plank position with the hips high, the feet stacked on top of each other and the elbow below the shoulder.
  2. Bring the hand under the body and touch the floor based on your range.
  3. Rotate the body and hips so they face the floor as much as able when reaching under the body.
  4. Bring the body slowly back to the starting position and reach the hand towards the ceiling.

Coaching Tips For Side Plank with Reach Through

Follow these cues to perform Side Plank with Reach Through correctly:

  • Keep hips and shoulders inline
  • Lock the elbow and do not allow it to bend.

Chin Over Bar Hold

Complete 15 seconds

Coaching Tips For Chin Over Bar Hold

Follow these cues to perform Chin Over Bar Hold correctly:

  • Use a bench or box to find the position, do not jump or do a pull up
  • Create tension in the upper back and hold your chin over the bar
  • Do not rest your chin on the bar.

Eccentric Pull up

Complete 4 repetitions

The eccentric pull up is one of the most effective vertical pull variations.

Benefits of Eccentric Pull up

The main benefit of the eccentric pull up is it helps build strength in the vertical pull movement pattern which means it can be used to help people move towards their first pull up.

How To Do Eccentric Pull up

  1. Use a bench or box to find the starting position with control. This will allow stability going into an exercise which requires a lot of control.
  2. Pause slightly at the top to illustrate control of the movement.
  3. Lower yourself towards the floor, keeping a tight midline throughout.
  4. Move through the full range of motion, including the very end of the movement until the arms are fully extended.

Coaching Tips For Eccentric Pull up

Follow these cues to perform Eccentric Pull up correctly:

  • Start with your chin over the bar, use a bench or a box to find the position
  • Control the descent as much as able
  • Keep your spine travelling in a straight line.

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