We know there’s no one exercise that can melt away love handles. (The exercise gods have yet to bestow that gift.) But the right combination of calorie-torching cardio and ab-toning exercises can work wonders on your midsection. Do two to three sets of these five exercises and kiss your love handles goodbye.
Scroll through for five love handle–eliminating moves to add to your workout today!
Planks are the perfect way to get your entire body fired up. They engage all of the major muscle groups and create a stability challenge for maximum calorie burn. Side planks will further work your obliques—add a dip or crunch to increase the challenge.
1. Lie on your side with your legs straight and one leg stacked directly on top of the other.
2. Place your elbow under your shoulder and press up into side plank, maintaining a straight line with your body.
3. Hold for 15 seconds.
4. Dip your hips down to the ground and back up for 15 seconds or lift and crunch your top knee into your hips for 15 seconds.
5. Switch sides and repeat.
Click the video below to see how to do a side plank!
The boat pose with twists (often known as Russian twists) targets the obliques, transverse abdominus, rectus abdominus, and multifidus (so basically everything you want targeted).
1. Sit on the floor, knees bent and feet flat. Then raise your feet up so your shins are parallel to the ground.
2. Lean back until your torso is at about a 45-degree angle.
3. Twist side to side for 30 seconds. To make this one harder, hold a set of three-pound weights in your hand, like Valeo's Neoprene Hand Weights ($16).
Check out the video below to learn how to do the boat pose!
Burpees combine the ever-important cardio and total-body toning. You should always include at least one plyometrics move (aka “jump training”) if you’re looking to really change your body.
1. Start from a standing position, then squat down. As you shift your hips back, reach your hands forward toward the ground.
2. Place your hands on the floor in front of you and jump your feet back, landing in high plank position. (Feel free to add a push-up here, if you’re looking for more of a challenge.)
3. Hop your feet back up under your hips, and as you come to stand, jump your entire body up off of the ground.
4. Repeat for 30 seconds.
Watch the video below to find out how to do a burpee correctly!
This balance challenge works all the muscles of your core, plus your glutes, legs, and arms. The multiple muscle groups and instability involved mean this move burns mega calories.
1. Start in tabletop position, on all fours with a flat back and your abs engaged.
2. Lift your left leg and extend your right arm out in front of you, reaching in opposite directions.
3. Make sure your arm and leg are straight, and hold for 30 seconds.
4. Repeat on the other side.
The video below will teach you how to do the bird dog!
This exercise works your internal and external obliques as well as your rectus abdominis (the largest ab muscle).
1. Lie on your back, knees bent, feet parallel to the ground, and your hands behind your head. Do not interlace your fingers.
2. Extend one leg out as you twist your body toward the bent knee.
3. Switch sides and continue moving at your own pace for 30 seconds.
Watch this video to learn how to bicycle correctly!