Got love handles?

Feb 14, 2009 | February 2009, Fitness

Get a grip!

By Shannon Sutton

I love the saying “Nothing TASTES as good as looking good FEELS!” and “A moment on your lips, forever on your hips” and “Is the taste worth wearing on your waist?”  How true! Ok, so I made up the last one), but you get the point: It’s time to tackle those “love handles.”

Here’s how to get a grip on this problem…

Oblique Crunches

Lie on your back with knees bent and feet planted on the floor at hips width. Raise your head, neck and shoulders slightly, and extend arms down with your fingertips toward your heels.

Reach your right hand toward your right heel while drawing your abs in and focusing on the oblique crunch. Try to close the gap between your hip bone and rib cage while pulling your navel in.

Return to center and repeat on your left side. Perform three sets of 15.

Side Plank

Roll up on your side with your elbow directly under your shoulder and your hips stacked. Raise your torso and hold the position (weight should be balanced between your feet and elbow). Hold this position for 15 – 30 seconds while pulling your navel in. Repeat on other side.

Perform 3 – 5 sets, gradually increasing holding time.

Incorporate these exercises into your routine a few times a week, and watch those ‘loathe’ (I mean ‘love’) handles melt away.

Shannon Sutton is an independent certified personal trainer. Her certifications include ISSA, NASM, APEX and Reebok. She has invested years in helping individuals reach their health, fitness and wellness goals. Contact her at (210) 722-3962.

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