Essentials to Shredding Your Love Handles
Getting a sexy and toned waistline can be a pretty big task. One way to approach it is to break it up into smaller fitness goals. By focusing on specific muscle groups around your waist and core, you can speed up results while also staying motivated.
Today, I’m focusing on your love handles. This is a pretty big problem area for both men and women, but there are a number of exercises that can target your love handles to get them tightened and toned.
The muscles directly under your love handles are called your obliques. Although you may not have focused on your obliques in the past, they’re a pretty important muscle group when it comes to getting a sexy core.
5 Exercises to Target Your Obliques
I’m reviewing 5 hard-hitting exercises to tone and tighten your love handles. In combination with a regular, total body exercise and weight training plan, you’ll be looking great in weeks!
Add these exercises to your current ab workout, or use them for a dedicate oblique workout.
1. Bicycle Crunch (view exercise)
The bicycle crunch is one of the best abdominal and oblique exercises you can do. Start by lying on a mat, face up. Gently rest your hands behind your head, elbows bent and legs straight out in front of you. As you engage your core and lift your shoulders towards your feet, pull your right knee in to your torso and bring your left elbow to meet. Return to starting, and alternate between sides, opposite elbows to knees.
2. Oblique Crunch on Stability Ball (view exercise)
Grab a stability ball and rest your right side (hip and love handle) against it, stabilizing your upper and lower body. Lean against the side of your right foot, with your left foot stacked on top of it. Bring your hands behind your head. Bending at your waist only, slowly lower your upper body to the right, hold, and lift back to starting position. Repeat, and do the same number of reps on the opposite side.
3. Russian Twist (view exercise)