Simple Home Core Workout
Ready to lose your love handles? Pro trainer Brooke Geffre stopped by to give us a great, simple workout that will torch your core and help you lose those love handles! Let’s go!
Workout: Lose your love handles
Muffin top, love handles, or whatever else you want to call them, people typically despise the excess fat on the sides of their bodies because it is so difficult to eliminate.
Trimming and toning your obliques is one of the most challenging sections of your body to train.
Not only does exercise help shape your body, but so does your diet. The saying, “abs are made in the kitchen” is very accurate – especially when it comes to stubborn areas like your love handles, however, exercise will increase the likelihood of eliminating them for good.
Below are five exercises that are recommended by Orangetheory Fitness trainer, Brooke Geffre to burn off your love handles once and for all.
Side Plank Crunch
Planks are your best friend but not your love handles!
Begin on your right elbow with your waist elevated about a foot from the ground. Your right foot should be slightly in front of your left. As you keep your core tight, bring your right knee towards your chest as you crunch and meet your left elbow with the knee.
You will return to plank position after doing this once. It is recommended you do three sets of 10 to 12 reps on each side.
To start this exercise, you will need to mentally prepare due to the burn you will feel after the first 15 or so seconds!
Lie flat on the ground with your arms spread out by your side. Place a medicine ball that is a comfortable weight for you in between your legs. As you lift your legs off the floor in a tabletop position, drop your knees to one side, while keeping as much of your back on the floor as possible.
You will then shift your legs to the other side and repeat this motion. This exercise will work your lower abs, love handles and inner thighs. It is recommended to do three sets of 10 to 12 reps.
A bridge is a great exercise that not only targets your love handles but your abs and glutes as well.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Raise your hips off of the floor, pause at the top and slowly lower your body back to the floor.
To challenge yourself, place a weight on top of your pelvis area and complete the same motion. It is recommended to complete four sets of 10 to 15 reps.
Dumbbell Side Bend
Starting in a standing position, choose a set of dumbbells that you are comfortable with in each hand. Keeping your back straight, bend your right side as if you are reaching for the ground with your dumbbell.
You will switch and complete this on the left side as well. It is recommended to do at least three reps of 20 on each side.
For this exercise, you will need a dumbbell weight that you are comfortable with.
Sit on your butt with your knees slightly bent and elevated off the ground.
Your torso should be slightly leaned back, causing you to balance on your butt.
Take your weight and shift it side to side about 50 times or for a minute long.
This spring, it’s time to take control of your health and remember to love your body, lose your love handles!
Using this workout along with proper diet and an active lifestyle will help set you up with a very strong core and energy to power you through the day!
It’s time to lose your love handles! Let’s do this!
Also, make sure to check out our home fitness program, 6 Week Fit. It’s full of doable exercises and the step-by-step process to building healthy habits you’ve been looking for.