High Knee Obliques Exercise Guide

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High Knee Obliques is a bodyweight exercise that works your quadriceps, obliques and upper pecs.

High Knee Obliques is a great moderate move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your buttocks, chest, core, hips, legs, lower body, upper body, upper chest, upper legs and waist.

It requires no equipment to do.

High Knee Obliques

How to do High Knee Obliques


Begin standing with your feet hip-width apart and bent arms drawn up. Lift your knee up high while turning your torso towards the lifting knee. Return to the starting position and repeat, alternating sides. Get dynamic with these!

Illustrated Guide

Learn how to do high knee obliques from this step-by-step illustrations:

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Muscles Worked

The muscles used for high knee obliques may change slightly based on the your trained range of motion and technique, but in the most general case, the muscles used for high knee obliques are:

Primary Muscles

  • Quadriceps
  • Obliques
  • Upper Pecs

Synergyst Muscles

  • Calves
  • Hamstrings

Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles does High Knee Obliques work?
High Knee Obliques works quadriceps, obliques, upper pecs.
What is High Knee Obliques good for?
High Knee Obliques is beneficial cellulite, for conditioning, for endurance, for weight loss, love handles, side fat, to lose fat and to strengthen. It works the best for buttocks, chest, core, hips, legs, lower body, upper body, upper chest, upper legs and waist, as it works quadriceps, obliques, upper pecs. High Knee Oblique is a great bodyweight exercise for men, men over 50, women and women over 50.
Is High Knee Oblique a good exercise?
High Knee Oblique is a popular bodyweight exercise for quadriceps, obliques, upper pecs.

Training, Progressions and Regressions

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High Knee Obliques Training and Progressions

Standards and Averages

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High Knee Obliques Standards and Averages


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High Knee Obliques Alternatives


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High Knee Obliques Variations

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Type(s) Bodyweight, Calisthenic, Strength, Aerobic, Cardio, Endurance
Muscles Worked Gastrocnemius, Biceps Femoris, Quadriceps, Obliques, Pectoralis Major
Difficulty Level(s) Moderate
Equipment No Equipment
Location At Gym, At Home, Outdoor
Major Exercise High Knees

Muscles Worked

Target muscle(s) Quadriceps, Obliques, Upper Pecs
Synergyst muscle(s) Calves, Hamstrings

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