Friday, February 24, 2012

Fitness Friday #13- Love Handles Be Gone

Love handles, muffin tops, no matter what you want to call them, it can be quite the tricky little area. They even make an appearance on skinny girls from time to time because, unless you specifically target this area, it can easily get squishy. But the upside is that if you DO target the muscles in your waist, it has a cinching effect over time. The results are noticeable and beautiful. The muscles I'm referring to are called your obliques, and I've chosen the following diagram to demonstrate their location just because it's hilarious.



I love this exercise because not only does it work a difficult area, but it also requires very little equipment. All you need is a body ball, so if you've got one (or if you're willing to shell out as little as 10 bucks to get one) let's get started!



Like I mentioned on the video, it's a good thing to be a little sore. That means it's working! But you will want to find that perfect balance between working these muscles hard enough and working them too hard, so go easy at first to test the waters. If you incorporate this kind of exercise into your routine on a regular basis, it can really transform your body. I'm a huge believer in a combination of cardio and weight training, so pair this workout with a brisk walk or run and show those love handles who's boss.

Have a happy, healthy weekend!

12 comments:

Cabootique said...

You make it look so effortless! :) I'll definitely be giving this a try.

DancingMooney ♥ said...

You are so cute Holly! And you DO make these exercises look effortless, I agree! :D

FashionFreak/Mihaela said...

Love this post^^

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Robin Thomas said...

Loved seeing you on video, Holly!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Wow! Thanks, Holly. I am such a klutz, I'd probably roll off the ball! LOL But I'd be willing to give it a go...thanks again!

Vale ♥ said...

This is a great post ! You gave me the right inspiration for tomorrow, I go back to the gym after a couple of weeks without working out ! <3

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LaAlicia said...

ok, that muscle man diagram threw me into hysterics - does laughing work your abs? :)

thanks for demoing the right way to do the obliques exercise. you do make it look effortless and after a few sets I would be saying some not so nice words! I'll be working up slowly!

Holly said...

Oh girls, if I make it look easy that's just because it is! Given, it does get more difficult once you've done about 30 of them but all in all it's a very simple exercise- I promise!

Erin Bradley said...

Love, love, love this! Thank you for posting it!!

Susan said...

oh - yup just what I need to work on as per my current "body by Quaid". I think that I will need to secure the ball by blocking it with a blanket or else I might fall off. =)Susan

Stela said...

You're so adorable! And that diagram guy is quite hilarious.

Pili said...

Ok, so this one is so very welcome!! I really need to start getting in shape, and this is one I know I need!