Love handles. The name may sound cute, but if you have them, you know that they are not. Love handles are an accumulation of fatty tissue on your sides, most often just above the waistline of your jeans. You may be more familiar with the name “muffin tops”. Whatever you call them, these fatty deposits are some of the most difficult to remove.
Ab exercises alone don’t work. Many people still believe that hours of endless ab exercises like situps and crunches will eliminate their abdominal fat. Unfortunately, removing your love handles or side fat can only be accomplished through a combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise. Cardio and interval training to reduce your overall body fat followed by targeted love handle specific exercises to tone the problem area known as your “obliques”.
Core exercises. Training the muscles of your core, those muscles that support your spine, will help reduce the fat around your waist, especially rotational or twisting exercises like woodchops. Your program of diet and exercise should include these targeted love handle reducing exercises:
10 of the best exercises to get rid of love handles:
1. Standing side twists
An excellent warm up exercise performed with an empty light bar or broom stick placed across your shoulders.
2. Standing wood chops
Wood chops are an effective twisting abdominal core exercise that simulates chopping a tree with an axe.
3. Twisting crunches
An effective standard crunch variation that shifts focus to the obliques and targets the love handles.
Planks exercise a balance of core muscles of the sides, front, and back of your body including the abdominals. Core exercises such as planks train the abs and back evenly and help in preventing any potential imbalances of the muscles that lead to back pain.
5. Russian twists
You will need a dumbell or kettlebell for this exercise.
6. Side planks
Side planks are very much like planks but from different angles and with emphasis on the obliques or “love handles”.
7. Bicycle crunches
Similar to Russian twists.
8. Dead bugs
Dead bugs strengthen weak abs.
9. Bird dogs
These are best performed on a mat for protection of the knees.
10. The superman
The Superman engages, stretches and tightens all of the muscles from your rear deltoids down to your calves but especially your core and abdominals.