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Roman Chair 45 degrees Side Bend

Roman Chair 45 degrees Side Bend

The Roman Chair 45 degrees Side Bend is a highly effective exercise that targets the oblique muscles, helping to strengthen and sculpt the sides of your waistline. This exercise is typically performed using a Roman chair, which is a specialized piece of equipment designed specifically for strengthening the lower back and abdominal muscles. To perform the Roman Chair 45 degrees Side Bend, you position yourself on the Roman chair with your knees resting against the pads and your upper body facing upwards. With your feet flat on the ground and shoulder-width apart, you then lower your upper body to a 45-degree angle, using the side of the chair for support. From this position, you engage your oblique muscles and contract them on one side, bringing your upper body back to an upright position. Repeat the movement on the opposite side to complete one repetition. This exercise primarily targets the internal and external obliques, which are responsible for side-to-side movements and rotational stability in the core. By strengthening these muscles, you can improve your overall core stability and enhance your athletic performance in sports that involve twisting or rotating movements. Additionally, strong obliques can help enhance your posture and promote a more balanced physique. It's important to note that before attempting the Roman Chair 45 degrees Side Bend or any exercise, it's crucial to warm up properly and ensure that you have proper form and technique to prevent injuries. It's recommended to consult with a fitness professional to receive personalized instruction and guidance tailored to your specific needs and fitness level.


  • Start by positioning yourself on a Roman Chair with your back against the backrest and your feet secured under the footpads.
  • Place your hands behind your head and engage your core muscles.
  • Slowly bend your body to the side, aiming to bring your elbow as close as possible to your thigh on the same side.
  • Return to the starting position and repeat the movement on the other side alternating sides.
  • Make sure to maintain control throughout the exercise and avoid using momentum.
  • Perform the desired number of repetitions on each side, according to your fitness level and goals.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core throughout the exercise to maintain stability.
  • Start with lighter weights and gradually increase the resistance as you become stronger.
  • Focus on proper form and posture to avoid straining your lower back.
  • Increase the intensity by slowing down the tempo of the exercise and emphasizing the eccentric (lowering) phase.
  • Pair the Roman Chair side bend with other core exercises for a well-rounded workout.
  • Incorporate variations of this exercise by using different angles or holding a dumbbell for added resistance.
  • Listen to your body and avoid any excessive twisting or bending that causes discomfort or pain.
  • Ensure proper breathing by exhaling during the exertion phase and inhaling during the relaxation phase.
  • Be consistent with your training and gradually increase the frequency to challenge your core muscles.
  • Consult with a fitness professional or trainer to ensure you are performing the exercise correctly.


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