The Top 6 Exercises To Lose Your Love Handles

The Top 6 Exercises To Lose Your Love Handles

Dumbbell side bends, cardio, sit-ups, and other exercises don’t seem to chip away at those love handles. Does this sound familiar? That doesn’t mean you have to give up; rather, you need to pivot and change up your workout routine, or begin anew. Banish that belly fat and get yourself a lean torso with the six moves in this article. 

What Are Love Handles? 

Caused by fat retention and accumulation around the hips and abdominal area, love handles refer to excess fat that sits at the sides of your waist. They can hang over the top of your pants and are very noticeable when you wear tight clothes. Love handles are especially stubborn when it comes to getting rid of them. This is because they don’t respond as quickly to diet and exercise changes as other parts of the body. If you maintain a consistent regimen, you will reap the results!

The exercises in this article are effective because they are fast-paced and target the rectus and transverse abdominals. In order to burn belly fat, you have to do more than cardio and sit-ups. Exercise physiologists agree that the body has to enter a thermogenic state that leads to an accelerated rate of fat loss. Ideally, you complete the following exercises as a circuit once a week, in addition to other exercises that strengthen and condition the body. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts can also help you lose those love handles

Russian Twists

Sit on the floor with legs bent and feet on the ground. Grab a medicine ball or weight (doesn’t have to be heavy) and hold it just above your abs. Lean your upper body back until you reach a 45-degree angle to the floor. If you have stronger abs, you can hover your feet above the floor as well. Rotate your torso to the right, reaching your arms across and behind you with the weight and then immediately switch sides. Continue twisting from side to side, making sure that your legs are stationary throughout. Complete four sets of 15 reps.

Battle Rope Waves

Stand up straight with your feet hip-distance apart at the ends of the battle rope. Bend your knees slightly and engage your core. Grip the ends of the rope in both hands and allow your arms to hang straight down at the center of your torso. Sit back into a half squat and then explode your body upward, driving through your heels to extend your knees and hips as you swing your arms up over your head. Immediately return to the half squat and continue the movement for 30 seconds. Complete a total of four sets.

Sledgehammer Overhead Strikes

If you don’t have a sledgehammer, a weighted club or mace will work just fine. Grab the piece of equipment with your left hand on the bottom and right hand near the hammer, or end. Raise the hammer up and over your right shoulder, bringing it down in a swift motion toward the center of a large tire. This motion is very similar to chopping wood. Alternate sides and continue alternating every swing for a total of 20 reps. Complete a total of three sets.

Forearm Plank

Did you think we’d let you off the hook without a plank? Begin lying face down on the floor with your legs extended behind you, placing your forearms on the floor. Make sure that your elbows are directly under your shoulders and by your sides. Lift your hips off the ground and support your body weight using your forearms and toes. Maintain a neutral spine and tight core for 30 seconds. Complete a total of four sets.

Box Jump

Before you begin, make sure that the box you choose is a comfortable height. You don’t want to injure yourself by missing the box or falling back because the box is too tall. Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart about two feet away from the box. When you’re ready to jump, drop into a lower squat and swing your arms back. Push through your heels, engaging your quads and glutes, and propel yourself onto the box. Carefully step down and continue to jump for 10-12 reps, completing a total of four sets. 

Kettlebell Swings

Stand up straight with your feet slightly wider than hip-distance apart. Grab hold of a kettlebell that is comfortable for you to hold and swing. Stand up so that you’re holding the kettlebell between your legs. Bend your knees slightly and drive your hips back to lower the body (not too low) a little. In a fluid motion, thrust your hips forward while swinging the kettlebell up until your arms are parallel to the ground. Keep your glutes and core engaged throughout the exercise. Complete four sets of 15 reps.

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