Are you in love with your love handles? Didn't think so. Learn how to lose your love handles with this routine to tone your sides back into shape.
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.
- Yoga mat
- Olympic bar
- BOSU ball
- Exercise ball
1. Straddle Forward Bend Rotated and Modified
Take a block in your left hand. Turn to the right and step your feet apart.
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.
Look at your right hand and breathe deeply bringing the spine into rotation while opening your hips and hamstrings. Repeat on the other side.
2. Olympic Bar Full Contact Twists
Standing with your feet shoulder width apart, hold one end of an Olympic bar at chest level.
Wedge the other end of the bar between two weights or against a wall for stability.
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.
3. BOSU Ball Kneeling Ab Crunch
Place a Bosu Ball on the floor in front of you, ball-side up. Position both your knees on the ball with your hands on the floor beneath you for support.
Lift and extend your right leg behind you, reaching your heel back and up toward the ceiling.
At the same time, raise your left arm off the floor and extend it out in front of you. Pull your left elbow and right knee together and repeat.
4. Exercise Ball Russian Twists with Dumbbell
Lay on your back on top of a exercise ball with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
Hold a dumbbell with both hands and extend your arms fully toward the ceiling.
Keep your arms straight as you twist from side. At the end of each twist, your arms should be parallel with the floor.