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Love Handles

12 min
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5 exercises
Alternate Heel Touchers
3 sets
12 reps
Seated Bench Leg Pull-Ins
3 sets
12 reps
Side Plank
3 sets
12 reps
Windshield Wipers
3 sets
12 reps
Russian Twists
3 sets
12 reps
Love Handles
12 min
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5 exercises
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Alternate Heel Touchers
3 sets
12 reps
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Obliques
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Lie on an exercise mat, with your back flat, knees bent and your feet flat on the floor slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  2. Fully extend your arms down the side of your body, palms facing in. This is the start position.
  3. Exhaling, crunch your torso forward and to the right until you can touch your right heel with your right hand. Hold for a count of one.
  4. Return to the starting position smooth motion, inhaling as you do so.
  5. Repeat the movement, this time to your left side.
  6. When you have completed the movement on both sides, you have done one repetition.
  7. Repeat.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
  1. Lie flat on your back with your feet flat on the ground, with your knees bent at 90 degrees. Alternatively, you can place your feet up on a bench a few inches apart with your toes turned inwards and touching.
  2. Place your hands lightly on either side of your head.
  3. Keep your elbows in  so that they are parallel to your body.
  4. Push your back down flat into the floor to isolate your abdominal muscles.
  5. Gently curl your shoulders forward and up off the floor.
  6. Continue to push down into the floor with your lower back.
  7. Raise your shoulders about four to six inches only.
  8. Hold and squeeze your abdominal muscles for a count of one.
  9. Return to the start position in a smooth movement.
Seated Bench Leg Pull-Ins
3 sets
12 reps
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Sit on the end of a bench with your legs fully extended in front of you angled towards the floor slightly.
  2. Grip the sides of the bench for stability.
  3. Leaning back to about a 45-degree angle from the bench. This is the start position.
  4. Pull your knees in toward you at the same time moving your torso towards them. Make sure you exhale as you perform this part of the movement. Hold for a count of one.
  5. Return to the start position by extending your legs out and relaxing your abdominal muscles. Breathe in as you do this. Pause and repeat.

This exercise can also be performed on the floor by placing your arms to the sides and raising your legs off the floor slightly. slightly over the floor. More advanced athletes can use a dumbbell between their feet or attach a pulley to them for added resistance.

Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Lie flat with hands under your buttocks.
  2. Keep your knees together and pull them in towards you while moving your torso towards them (lift your head, neck and shoulders up).
  3. Hold and then slowly return to starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Lie on your back on a mat with hands under your lower buttocks on either side to support your pelvis.
  2. Legs straight out in front of you, ankles together and feet slightly off the floor.
  3. Keep your knees straight and raise your legs by flexing the hips until they are completely flexed.
  4. Return to starting position.
Side Plank
3 sets
12 reps
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Obliques
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Lie on your side on an exercise mat.
  2. Fully extend your legs with one resting on top of the other.
  3. Fully extend the top arm down the side of your body.
  4. Bend the arm at floor level to 90 degrees. Your upper arm should be parallel to your body, while your forearm is at 90 degrees. This is the start position.
  5. Lift your body off the ground and balance on your forearm and the side of your foot, while keeping your body in a straight line.
  6. Contract your abdominal muscles and relax your shoulders.
  7. Continue breathing throughout the whole exercise.
  8. Hold this position for as long as you can.
  9. Relax and change sides.
  10. Repeat.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
  1. Kneel on a yoga/exercise mat or towel with your feet out behind you.
  2. Slowly lower yourself down to one side and ground your elbow and forearm so that it runs perpendicular to your body.
  3. Embrace your core and hold this modified side plank for the designated amount of time.
  4. Perform the same movement on the other side!
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
Secondary:
Shoulders
  1. With a Bosu ball round side up, place your forearm onto the center of the ball.
  2. Stretch out your legs to a fully extended position and place your feet on the side, one on top of the other.
  3. Use you core and upper legs to lift your body into the side plank position.
  4. Remain in this position for the designated time with your hand either on your hip, or by your side.

 

 

 

Windshield Wipers
3 sets
12 reps
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
  1. Lie on an exercise mat, keeping your back flat with no arching of the spine.
  2. Extend your arms out beside you at shoulder level, with your palms pressed firmly to the floor. Your upper body should form a “T” shape.
  3. Raise your feet off the floor by bending your hips and knees to 90 degree angles. This is the start position.
  4. As you exhale, rotate both your thighs to one side until the outer thigh touches the ground or until you feel a stretch in your abs and lower back.
  5. Pause briefly, then rotate to the other side without pausing in the start position.
  6. When you have rotated to both sides, that is one repetition.
  7. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

This exercise has 3 levels of difficulty: Beginner – with the knees and hip bent as described above; intermediate – feet up with knees at 90 degrees but the hips remaining in a neutral position; advanced –legs straight and hips bent at 90 degrees so your body forms an “L”.

Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Lie on your back on a mat with hands under your lower buttocks on either side to support your pelvis.
  2. Legs straight out in front of you, ankles together and feet slightly off the floor.
  3. Keep your knees straight and raise your legs by flexing the hips until they are completely flexed.
  4. Return to starting position.
Russian Twists
3 sets
12 reps
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Lie on an exercise mat and place your feet your under something that will not move or ask a spotter hold them down for you. Keep your knees bent.
  2. Raise your upper body from the mat to form V-shape with your thighs.
  3. Keep your arms fully extended in front of your chest, clasping your hands together.This is the start position.
  4. In a smooth motion, twist your upper body to the right until you feel a stretch in your back and sides. Keep your arms parallel to the floor and exhale as you do this. Hold for a count of one and inhale.
  5. Return to the start position while breathing out.
  6. Repeat the movement,this time to the left side of your body.
  7. Repeat.

As your strength increases, you can hold a weight plate or medicine ball in front of you to increase resistance and engage other muscle groups.

Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
  1. Lie flat on an exercise mat on the floor keeping your lower back straight with no arching of your spine and with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
  2. Place your hands lightly on the sides of your head.
  3. Curl your torso upwards so your shoulders are slightly raised off the floor..
  4. Raise your knees until your thighs are at a right angle to the floor and your calves are parallel to the floor. This is the start position.
  5. Slowly move your legs in a pedaling action as if you are riding a bicycle.
  6. As you do so, exhale and bring your opposing elbow close to each knee by crunching to one side. Left elbow to right knee. Right elbow to left knee.
  7. After each crunch, return to the start position inhaling as you do so.
  8. Without pausing, repeat the movement to the other side.
  9. Repeat without pausing for the desired number of repetitions to each side.

Do not use your hands to pull your head and neck up during this exercise. Doing so may cause injury. Concentrate on a slow rhythmic cycle from side to side with perfect form for each repetition.

Primary muscle group(s):
Obliques
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Lie on an exercise mat, with your back flat, knees bent and your feet flat on the floor slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  2. Fully extend your arms down the side of your body, palms facing in. This is the start position.
  3. Exhaling, crunch your torso forward and to the right until you can touch your right heel with your right hand. Hold for a count of one.
  4. Return to the starting position smooth motion, inhaling as you do so.
  5. Repeat the movement, this time to your left side.
  6. When you have completed the movement on both sides, you have done one repetition.
  7. Repeat.
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