4 Exercises to Help You Lose Your Love Handles

A woman exercising.

Are you in love with your love handles? Didn't think so.

Spot training is a common fitness myth that was busted years ago, especially when referring to abdominal muscles. Abs are made in the kitchen, and people often have trouble developing a six-pack due to unhealthy eating habits and a lack of cardiovascular exercise.

You can, however, train certain muscle groups while focusing on your nutrition and cardiovascular exercise routine. When you combine all three, the end result is often toned muscles.

Love Handles

Your love handles reside right on top of your obliques. You'd think these muscles would respond to normal abs exercises, but they don't. That's why obliques need a routine all their own.

You'll start seeing results when you give them the TLC they demand.

The Equipment:

  • Yoga mat
  • Olympic bar
  • BOSU ball
  • Exercise ball
  • Dumbbell

1. Straddle Forward Bend Rotated and Modified

Step 1

Take a block in your left hand. Turn to the right and step your feet apart.

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Step 2

Fold at the waist and place the block on the floor between your feet, just under your left shoulder. Inhale your right arm up, turning your chest to the right while keeping your hips level.

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Step 3

Look at your right hand and breathe deeply bringing the spine into rotation while opening your hips and hamstrings. Repeat on the other side.

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2. Olympic Bar Full Contact Twists

Step 1

Standing with your feet shoulder width apart, hold one end of an Olympic bar at chest level.

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Step 2

Wedge the other end of the bar between two weights or against a wall for stability.

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Step 3

Press the bar away from your chest and swing it from side to side with your arms extended. Your chest should rotate along with your arms and shoulders.

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Rochelle Connery

Exercise.com is dedicated to help you improve your health and get in shape with the right diet and exercise. Now's the time to get started...and get results.

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