The ‘love handle’ – fat that’s accumulated around your mid-section that just won’t seem to budge and proves to be highly frustrating each and every time you put on your pair of skinny jeans.
What can you do to overcome love handles once and for all – and why does it seem they are so stubborn to lose in the first place?
Love handles are harder to lose for many people as this is where they are more prone to store excess body fat, so as this accumulates over time, it tends to be the last place you’ll also lose that fat you’ve gained.
That said, with the right techniques, saying so long to love handles is definitely possible!
Before we introduce some killer exercises that will help you fight the flab around your midsection, it’s important to note that for optimal success, you absolutely must diet properly.
Nothing is going to work better at burning fat than a good diet, simply because your diet accounts for whether you are in calorie balance or a calorie deficit. To burn fat, you need to be in a deficit and this is accomplished most easily through dietary means.
Once you have your diet down pat, then it comes time to adding smart exercises. Here are the ones to start performing.
1. Lunge With A Twist
First, start out with a lunge with a twist at the bottom. Since you will be unbalanced as you enter the lowest point of the lunge, adding the twist will really get your obliques contracting hard. This exercise will deliver the firming and toning benefits you’re looking for.
The lunge with the twist is a challenging move and best done with a medicine ball for added resistance. Just make sure you can execute the regular lunge first.
2. Supermans With A Twist
Moving along, supermans with a twist is the next exercise to add to your protocol. The superman exercise is going to be great for working the muscles running up and down the spinal column, but then adding the twist in there really gets the love handle region stimulated.
Do these between working sets of your strength training regime.
3. Renegade Row
The renegade row is the next move to get into place with your protocol. This move is going to be great for hitting the lower back and since you’ll have to contract every muscle in the core to keep you balanced, that means you’ll get serious abdominal strength benefits.
Do this exercise as part of your upper body routine and you’ll be seeing a difference in no time.
4. Single Leg Split Squats
The single leg split squat is one of the most superior moves you could do if you want to firm your backside, but in addition to that, it’s also great for hitting your glutes as well.
This exercise will really put your balance to the test, especially if you have a barbell across your back. It will also get those core muscles sitting up and contracting intensely as well.
The key thing to remember when doing this exercise is to lean back ever so slightly so that you put more emphasis on the glute muscle and integrate the core more as well. Lean forward and all you’ll do is strain your lower back.
5. Prone Ball Roll In To The Side
Finally, the last exercise to consider doing is prone ball roll-ins, moving to the side of the body. This exercise puts you in a prone position, so it is a nice change of pace from your regular crunch exercise and will really work those obliques as you pull the ball into each side, alternating as you go.
Make sure to keep the abs tight throughout to maintain good form.
Get these moves into your workout program and you can prepare to see a higher level of muscular strength and if combined with a proper diet plan, excellent firming benefits to eliminate those love handles.