Love handles. What a weird, weird term. But nonetheless, we love to hate love handles forever and always, which is why it’s important to practice exercises that target those muscles (our obliques) directly.
I did this workout last week at the gym and, if I’m being honest, I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to make it to the blog. It didn’t make me break out a sweat and it didn’t feel super difficult. But as soon as I woke up the next morning I thought OH MY GOD MY SIDES aka obliques!!! They were so sore in the best way possible. So, even though this workout most likely won’t make you drip sweat, it will work your obliques/“love handles” like no other.
For this workout, you will need need one dumbbell and yourself! I did each exercise for 30 seconds before moving on to the next exercise. Certain exercises you will need to complete 30 seconds on the left side and then 30 seconds on the right side, which is specified in the directions below. Now, let’s work those love handles, shall we?
Triangle press: Stand with your feet wider than hip width, with your left foot pointing forward and your right foot pointing to the side, holding the dumbbell in your right hand. Keep your left hand at your side the entire time. Holding your core in tight, bend down to the right, bringing the dumbbell about a foot away from your right foot. Immediately bring the weight overhead by bending your elbow and then straightening your arm overhead. Repeat that movement for 30 seconds on your right side, and then complete another 30 seconds on your left side, making sure to turn your right foot forward and your left foot to the side.
Dumbbell knee cross crunch: Stand with your feet wider than hip width, holding the dumbbell in both hands overhead to your right hand side. Bring your weight over to your right side so that you are placing the majority of your weight on your right leg and so your left leg and foot are light. At the same time, bend your arms down and bend your left knee up so that your knee and the dumbbell touch. Repeat that movement for 30 seconds and then repeat for another 30 seconds on the opposite side.
Overhead dumbbell side bend: Stand with your feet hip width apart, dumbbell overhead (be sure to hold it horizontally, not vertically like you did with the Triangle Press and the Dumbbell Knee Cross Crunch). Hold your core in tight, slightly bend over to your right side and then return to center; then bend over to your left side and return to center. Repeat this pattern for the entire 30 seconds. Don’t forget to breathe! It helps if you inhale when you’re center and exhale when you’re bending left and right.
Spiderman push ups: Get into an upward plank position/pre-push up position. Bend your elbows and complete a full push up. Once you’ve come back up, bring your left knee to your left elbow and then bring your right knee to your right elbow. Repeat this sequence for the entire 30 seconds.
Side plank hip lift: Get into a side plank position. Do this by laying on your right side and then pressing up onto your right hand with your left hand on your waist. Your legs should be straight and your body should generally form a diagonal line. From there, slowly dip your hips down to the ground and then bring them back up as high as they’ll go. Repeat this movement for 30 seconds and then flip over onto your left hand and repeat it for 30 seconds on your left side.
Also, my face in that top right hand photo—WHAT IS HAPPENING. I almost didn’t post this because it’s so embarrassing. Oh well. Guess I’m just really into working my obliques.
Q: What’s your favorite “oblique” exercise?