Despite not being very lovely at all, the rolls around your waist and flanks are often called love handles. More accurately, love handles are deposits of fat directly over your oblique muscles, which run along the sides of your waist. To burn this fat, you need to eat a little less and work out a little more, but you should also perform some specific exercises to target and tone your obliques.
Always spend a few minutes warming up before exercising, and introduce new exercises slowly and gradually into your workout routine to avoid muscle soreness and possible injury.
1. Wood Choppers:
To do it:
- Using one hand weight, stand with your feet hip-width apart with your weight on your left leg.
- Start by holding the weight in both hands up by your left shoulder.
- Next, twist to make a chopping motion down towards your right hip.
- Allow your feet and knees to pivot with the twist.
- Raise the weight back up to your left shoulder and repeat for 20 reps. Next work your right side.
2. Russian Twists:
To do it:
- Sit on your butt with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Your torso should be leaning back at a 45 angle to the floor.
- Hold a dumbbell with both hands. Lift your feet from the ground, crossing them at the ankles and balancing on your butt.
- From this position, twist your torso to the right and touch your dumbbell to the ground next to your body.
- Next, twist back over to the left touching the weight to the left side of your body.
- Repeat back and forth, all while balancing with your legs and torso raised off of the ground.
3. Mountain Climbers:
To do it:
- Start in plank position, hands directly underneath your shoulders, elbows locked, abs tight and engaged, glutes squeezed, knees and feet together.
- Raise one knee up, bent in towards your chest with the ball of the foot planted on the ground.
- Jump and switch the position of the legs while you’re still in the air.
- Focus on keeping the body straight and in that tight plank position throughout.
- Repeat this movement in rapid succession while still maintaining form, for 30 seconds to one minute.