Love handles are the worst! They can hide your six pack and hang over your belt, making you feel dumpy and unattractive. With bikini season just around the corner, it’s time to eliminate your love handles once and for all. Easier said than done, right? Here are a few hardcore exercises to help you get rid of your love handles:
Hanging Leg Raises
This exercise engages your core muscles, working your abs to get rid of excess belly fat. It’s also great for your forearms, and will help to improve your grip strength. Best of all, it’s fairly easy to perform: Hang from a pull-up bar and, controlling your body to reduce swing, extend your legs straight out in front of you. If you can’t do leg raises, do Knee Raises–bringing your knees to your chest.
This simple exercise can be done with any kettlebell, barbell, or even medicine ball, and it’s a wicked core/upper body workout. You’re basically simulating the movement of someone chopping down a tree, and that side to side twisting movement will do wonders to hit your oblique muscles, back, and abs. Definitely one of the best core movements around!
Medicine Ball Chest Pass Burpees
Think of this exercise as doubling down on the difficulty of your already-tough burpee! Basically, you perform a regular burpee, but holding a medicine ball in your hand. You hold yourself in plank on the medicine ball, perform a push-up on the ball, and jump high into the air with the added weight of the ball. You’ll also pass the ball (using a basic chest pass) to a friend or bounce it off the wall to increase the workout on your chest and core.
This workout combines cardio with a good leg workout, but it doesn’t skimp on your core. The side to side movement forces your oblique muscles to engage, making it a highly effective workout to get rid of the extra fat along your sides. The lateral motions are great for getting your heart rate up and your fat burning!
As if Plank wasn’t hard enough already, this workout takes it to the next level! The movement forces your core to remain engaged, with your oblique muscles working double-time every time you twist to perform a row. It also hits your upper and lower back muscles (thanks to the rowing motion), along with your abs (to hold yourself in plank). By the end of a single set of this exercise, you’ll feel the burn indeed!
Forward Jump Burpees
Burpees are one of the hardest full-body exercises to perform for long periods of time. Not only are you engaging your legs and chest for the jump and push-up, but your abs are worked every time you jump your legs forward and backward. Plus, it’s wicked cardio, thanks to all the non-stop movement! But adding a forward jump will increase the intensity of the cardio workout, and will engage your core more efficiently. All in all, it makes for one heck of a killer abs workout.
This is one of the best all-around workouts, as the swinging motion hits pretty much every muscle in your torso and shoulders while the squatting and standing works your legs. All of the swinging power comes from your glutes and hips, and your arms shouldn’t be doing hardly any of the work–save controlling the motion of the weight. This is one of the best total-body movements, and it’s wicked cardio and fat-burning at the same time!