Whether you call it love handles, muffin top or extra cushion, losing that mid-section fat can be frustrating. But if you take an extra step in your workout and focus on your oblique muscles, you can sculpt your abs, build core strength, and lose that muffin top.
Below are three different exercises that you can perform in your fitness program to target those oblique muscles.
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Standing Oblique Crunch
Three sets of 30 to 50 repetitions per side
The standing oblique crunch is a great way to warm up both the leg and the oblique muscles before you do the other two exercises.
How to: Stand tall, feet hip-width apart. Lift your right leg up as you try to reach your right elbow. When you complete your set on the right side, switch and do the same movement on the left. It's important not to rotate back and forth.
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