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Lose The Love Handles

By September 19, 2018workout

Lose The Love Handles 

Hey guys!

Today I’ve decided to share a little advice, in addition to our regular weekly workout routines. I love creating workouts and giving feedback based on the questions you guys as viewers are always asking.

One of the more common questions I receive from both men and women is this: How can I lose my love handles?

Love handles are pesky, clingy, ironically named enemies to all who carry them. It’s true that so many people say that no matter how hard they work to rid themselves of the baggage bulging at their hips, it somehow manages to hang on for the ride.

But don’t fret — I’m here to help! While a smart workout routine is important, there are a few other key ingredients that you need to rid yourself of this extra weight. Follow these tips for changing your diet and exercise habits so that Little Miss Muffin Top will no longer sit upon the waist of your jeans, hoarding all those curds and whey.

3 Quick tips to lose your love handles:

  • Lower your sodium intake 
  • Decrease your calorie intake – burn more calories than you consume  
  • Do the right type of workouts CONSISTENTLY – quality over quantity
EQUIPMENT + OVERVIEW
EQUIPMENT //
+ Valeo yoga mat or other soft surface
WORKOUT STRUCTURE //
Complete 12 reps of each of the 8 exercises. Do 2 – 3 rounds if you can! Remember that quality is more important that quantity — but even so, the more rounds you do correctly, the more your stomach will feel the burn.

WORKOUT DETAILS

Duration    10 – 20 mins  |  Type  Abs, Toning,
WASHBOARD ABS STEP-BY-STEP   //
  • Side Plank Leg Lifts
  • Around the World
  • Boat Pose
  • Criss Cross Legs
  • Exterior Reptile
  • Variations of Around the World: Leg Lifts
  • Little Leg Circles
  • Dual Leg Circles

BREAKDOWN //

1 // Side Plank Leg Lifts

Step 1 //

Come down to the ground, balancing your upper body on your right forearm. Extend your legs and stack your feet on top of one another, resting on the side of your right foot. Lift your hips off the ground, forming a diagonal line from your head to your toes.

Step 2 //

Begin raising your left leg up and down. As you do this, be sure to engage your side abdominal muscles and don’t let your hip drop down to the floor. Complete 12 reps on the left side, then switch and complete 12 more reps on the right side.

2 // Around The World

Step 1 //

Lie down on your back and lift your legs up into the air, vertically.

Step 2 //

Begin the exercise by moving your legs clockwise in a big circle. Keep your feet together and lower them slowly to the right and down to the ground. Make sure that you don’t let your heels touch the floor — keep them a few inches off the ground at their lowest point.

Step 3 //

Bring your legs back up to the top and repeat the circle movement over again. Complete 12 reps moving your legs clockwise, then switch and move them counterclockwise.

3 // Boat Pose

Step 1 //

Start by sitting down on the ground. Lean your torso back and lift your legs up into the air in front of you. Your body should form a V shape.

Step 2 //

Hold this position, engaging your abs to balance on your tailbone. Place your palms together and begin the exercise by moving your hands from side to side, over your body. Try and touch your fingertips to the floor on either side of you.

Step 3 //

Moving your palms from right to left is equal to 1 rep. Complete 12 reps.

4 // Criss Cross Legs

Step 1 //

Lie down on your back and lift your legs into the air, vertically.

Step 2 //

Begin the exercise by moving your legs apart, then back together, crossing over one another.

Step 3 //

Then separate your legs again and repeat the cross motion. Complete 12 reps.

5 // Exterior Reptile

Step 1 //

Start in a push up position with your hands on the floor beneath your shoulders and your legs extended out behind you.

Step 2 //

Begin the exercise by bending your right knee, bringing it up to touch your right elbow.

Step 3 //

Return your leg to starting position, then bend your left leg to bring your knee to your left elbow.

Step 4 //

Return your leg to starting position. Repeat this motion, alternating legs for 12 reps.

6 // Leg Lifts

Step 1 //

Lie down on your back and lift your legs into the air, vertically.

Step 2 //

Begin the exercise by lowering your legs, in tandem, to the ground. Lower them so that there’s about a foot between your heels and the floor.

Step 3 //

Raise them back up to starting position and repeat. Complete 10 reps.

7 // Little Leg Circles

Step 1 //

Stay lying down on your back with your legs extended towards the ceiling.

Step 2 //

Move your legs, in tandem, down towards the floor, and as you do this, move them in a circular motion. Make the clockwise circles small, lowering your feet closer to the ground with each circle.

Step 3 //

Complete 10 reps in either direction – clockwise, then counterclockwise.

8 // Dual Leg Circles

Step 1 //

Stay lying down on your back with your legs extended towards the ceiling.

Step 2 //

Lower your legs slightly towards the floor and begin moving them in circular motions, away from one another. Move your right leg in a small, clockwise circle while your left leg moves in a small, counterclockwise circle. Complete 10 reps.

Step 3 //

Then switch directions. Move your legs in circular motions, towards one another. Complete another 10 reps.

And we’re done! Can you feel the burn in your mid-section? I know I can. Do this workout 2 to 3 times a week and watch your love handles disappear! But don’t forget to incorporate my dietary tips as well. It’s all about balance — exercise + proper diet = results.

 

Amanda

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