Don’t Hate: Try These Exercises to Get Rid of Love Handles

Women Stretching Together

There’s nothing to love about love handles – that extra layer of fat that lies on top of the oblique muscles. A three-pronged approach of targeted abdominal exercises to get rid of love handles, combined with cardio, and clean eating, is your best strategy.

Targeted Love Handle Exercises

You can easily add the use of your Ultraslide into this circuit with moves like inchworm and mountain climbers. Move through it quickly three times, at least three times a week.

  • Woodchoppers – Stand with your feet hip-width apart with your weight on your left leg. Hold one hand weight in both hands up next to your left shoulder. Next, twist to make a chopping motion down toward your right hip. Raise the weight back up to your left shoulder and repeat for 20 reps, followed by 20 reps on the right side.
  • Russian Twists – Sit on your butt with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Lean back at a 45 angle to the floor. Hold a dumbbell with both hands next to your chest. Lift your feet from the ground, crossing them at the ankles and balancing on your butt. Then, twist your torso to the right and touch your dumbbell to the ground next to your body. Next, twist back over to the left touching the weight to the left side of your body. Repeat back and forth for 50 reps.
  • Side Plank Hip Lifts – Place your elbow on the ground with your legs and hips resting on the ground in side plank position. Engage your abs and keep your body in a straight line while raising the lower half of your body up off the ground into a straight plank position. Lower again and repeat for 15 reps on each side.
  • Bicycle Crunches – Lie on your back with your knees bent and hands behind your head but not clasped together. Engage your abs, lifting your shoulders and upper back off of the ground. At the same time, move your right elbow toward your left knee so that they meet in the middle of your body. Next, switch your position by bringing your left elbow to your right knee. Continue as quickly as possible while still keeping your torso raised up off the ground for 30 reps.