Love handle workout to lose side stomach fat…
It sure sounds cute, but there isn’t much to really love about the love handles.
Love handles also called muffin top is another name for the excess fat that hangs over the top of your pants.
Many people try to get rid of their love handles by targeting them with endless side crunches.
But sadly, that’s not the most effective oblique exercise that can help you lose the love handles.
Love handles lie on top of the obliques, which are a very specific group of abdominal muscles. To fully work those stubborn stomach fat, you have to specifically go after them.
Simply put, you need oblique exercises that engage the side abs from many angles.
With that being said, it’s a myth that you can spot reduce fat. Yes, you can target your obliques to maximize toning, but fat is lost through cardio and diet.
To illustrate further, getting a flat tummy takes almost two actions.
One is to reduce the outer layer of fat, which would be fat loss.
The other is to tone the obliques and abs to bring out definitions in your midsection.
We’ve all heard that abs are made in the kitchen, and (unfortunately) it’s true. To lose the fat around the belly, you need the help of your diet.
Crunches and other abs workouts can help, but unless you get rid of your excess fat with eating, abs won’t show.
So to sum up here’s the best strategy for kicking your love handles to the curb:
The best strategy combines a good flat tummy diet with some cardio and a good love handle workout.
This post walks you through the best love handle workout that will tone and sculpt your abs and obliques.
We also created a 30-day flat tummy meal plan to pair with the love handle workout.
If you haven’t already done so, you can grab our 30-day flat tummy meal plan here.
If you are ready, grab your exercise or yoga mat and let’s begin this love handle workout.
10-Minute Love Handle Workout
1. Bicycle Crunch
The bicycle crunch is a great exercise to engage the oblique muscles and burn the side stomach fat.
To do a bicycle crunch, you simply lie face up flat on your back with your hips and knees bent at 90-degree angle. Place your fingers on the side of your forehead.
Start by contracting your abs and glutes. Lift your shoulders off the floor and hold them there.
Now twist your upper body to the right as you pull your right knee in as fast as you can until it touches your chest. As you bring back your arm and leg, repeat the motion on the other side.
Continue alternating from side to side until you complete 15 reps per side.
2. Russian Twist
The Russian twist is a core exercise you can do to work and strengthen the abdominal muscles.
The exercise is simple and doesn’t use any workout equipment to perform it so it can be done anywhere.
To perform the Russian Twist, sit on the ground with your knees bent and your heels about a foot away from your butt.
Slowly recline backward until you feel the engagement of your lower abs. It is really difficult to keep your back straight, but it’s important you don’t let it curve.
Place your arms out in front of you with your one hand on top of the other. Your hands should be leveled with the bottom of your ribcage.
Pull your navel to your spine and twist slowly to the right. The movement is not large and comes from the ribs rotating, not from your arms swinging. Inhale through center and rotate to the left. This completes one rep.
Do 16 full rotations to complete a set.
3. Side Plank with Reach-Through
Side plank with reach through is one of my favorite oblique exercises to target the love handles.
That’s because when it comes to love handles, there’s no better exercise to tone and get rid of them than this one.
To perform the side plank with reach through, lie down on your left side with your left hand firmly on the floor.
Contract your core and prop yourself up into a side plank.
Stack your right foot over your left, so your body forms a straight line.
Extend your right arm towards the ceiling and then lower your arm in front of you and bring it under your left hip. Bring your right arm back above your head. Do 12-15 reps, rest, switch side and repeat.
4. Crab Reach
This core exercise will set your obliques, abs and glute muscles on fire. Crab reach hits just about every abdominal muscle, even your arms.
To do the crab reach, sit with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground in front of you. Position your right hand firmly on the ground behind you and keep your left arm bent by your side.
Lift your butt off the floor while extending your left arm behind you reaching for your right side. You’ll be arching back as you reach out to the opposite side. Return to the starting position and repeat on the left side.
5. Reverse Crunch
The reverse crunch is an ab exercise that targets the muscles of the lower abdomen and lower oblique. From the body shape of the exercise, it’s sometimes referred to as v-shape.
To perform a reverse crunch, lie down face up on an exercise mat with your palms facing down.
Bend your hips and knees 90 degrees. Engage your abs to lift your hips off the floor and crunch inward.
Pause for 1-2 seconds, then slowly lower your legs back down until your heels nearly touch the floor.
Repeat 12-15 times to complete a set.