Want to tone your midsection and lose that stubborn belly fat? You can use your own body to give yourself a workout. You don’t need expensive equipment or a gym membership to get in shape; you can do it all on your own at home. One of the best ways is by targeting those pesky love handles with exercises that will work out the obliques and transverse abdominals muscles for that slimming effect. These workouts are straightforward and easy to do, and you’ll see results quickly.
Workout 1 – The Bicycle Twist
Using an oblique crunch motion, lift your legs in the air extending them at a diagonal. With the upper part of your torso, curl up to touch your left elbow to your right knee. At the same time, twist your torso and touch your right elbow to your left knee. Make sure you keep alternating arms and legs after every rep.
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Workout 2 – Plank Tucks
Your body should be straight like a plank, and your feet should be together as well as your legs. With a slight bend at the knees, curl up toward your arms and bring them in toward you without touching; squeeze your abs for one second before returning to the starting position. As you get better at this exercise, make it more challenging by having less foot space or holding dumbbells.
Workout 3 – Knee Tucks (Russian Twist)
Grab weights in each hand and sit with your legs slightly bent. Lean back to be about 45 degrees from the floor and lean back so that your abs are engaged. Curl your knees up toward your chest as far as possible, making sure to engage your abs and rotate your torso before returning to the starting position.
Workout 4 – Standing Jack Knife (Swiss Ball)
Grab a stability ball and stand with feet hip-width apart. With arms extended out in front of you, squat down until you feel your lower back engage, then explode up as high as you can while raising your right knee toward your chest. At the same time, raise your left arm overhead; switch arm and leg action with each rep. Do ten reps on alternating sides of your body for three sets.
Workout 5 – Standing Russian Twist
Grab a dumbbell in each hand and stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding the weights down by your thighs. Bend at the waist and lean back a bit, engaging your core muscles. Twist from side to side while keeping your arms straight and making sure not to let the weights touch the ground. Keep going for 30 seconds without stopping so that you complete three sets of this exercise.
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Workout 6 – Reverse Crunch on Swiss Ball
Lie facedown on top of a stability ball and grip it tightly with your hands on the floor. Bring your legs up, so they are perpendicular to the floor, then raise them toward the ceiling while moving into a reverse crunch position. Keep going for 30 seconds without stopping so that you complete three sets of this exercise.
Workout 7 – Reverse Crunch
Grab a chin-up bar with palms facing toward you. While holding onto the bars for support, tuck your legs into your chest and then extend them up toward the ceiling as high as possible without letting go of the bar. Keep going until you cannot hold on any longer. Every time you need to put your legs down, hold on to the bar, and then continue. This workout can be done for three sets of 30 seconds straight without letting go until you cannot hold on any longer.
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For all exercises: Start slowly with 2-3 reps per side/per set for the first couple of weeks to get a feel for the exercises and don’t get hurt. As time goes on and you become more experienced, gradually add 1-2 reps per side/per set until you reach 8-12 reps per side/per set. Always make sure to warm up your muscles before starting any workout, and stretch them after each exercise; do three sets of each exercise to make sure you get a good workout.
Love handles are a common problem for many people. They can be challenging to get rid of, but with some self-discipline and the right exercises, you’ll see results quickly! The workouts we’ve given provide an easy way to target those stubborn love handles without spending your time at the gym or using expensive equipment. If you’re looking for something quick and straightforward, try these seven home workouts today!