Previously considered a tasty treat, the muffin top is now one of the most dreaded aspects of the body and women want them gone asap.
Unfortunately, crunches aren’t working for you but this is mainly because the muffin top is primarily fat but muscles such as the abs, glutes and lower back are attached underneath, making crunches ineffective in getting rid of them. However, working all of these muscles can help cinch your waistline and shrink that muffin top.
Holding a pair of dumbbells with each hand by your side, bend into a squat as if you’re sitting on a chair. Push your hips back and keep your abs tight and back straight. When you’re returning to standing position, push the dumbbells overhead while twisting your torso to the right.
You should feel your obliques working. Make this one seamless movement by lowering the dumbbells and going back to squat position. Repeat with left side. Perform 6 reps on each side.
Hold dumbbells in each hand at shoulder height and get into a lunge position. Bend your right knee to a right angle in front of your body, making sure your knee does not go beyond the plane of your toes. Keep the left leg extended behind you with the left knee slightly bent. Keep your neck and beck neutral.
As you return to standing position, tighten your core and press the dumbbells overhead. Bend your knees again to return to lunging position and lower the dumbbells to shoulder height. Perform 6 reps on one side and repeat on the other side. To make this exercise more challenging, perform walking lunges while keeping other movements the same.
This is definitely one of our favorites when it comes to killing the obliques. Sit on a mat with knees slightly bend and heels on the floor. Hold a heavy weight (5 to 10 pound) dumbbell, kettlebell or medicine ball in front of your chest and lean back, engaging your abs. The lower you lean back, the harder this exercise will be.
Twist right and touch the weight to the floor and then twist left, touching the weight to the floor again. This is one rep. Perform 15 to 20 reps.
Lie face down with your legs extended, your arms out and your palms touching the mat. Swing your right foot back bending the knee over your body and placing your foot as close as possible to your left hand. This should be one big motion done smoothly. Return to start and repeat on the other side. Perform 10 reps per side.
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