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Are you tired of struggling with stubborn love handles?
Do you avoid wearing your favorite clothes because of the fear of a muffin top?
Are you tired of feeling self-conscious about your body every time you step outside?
It’s disheartening, isn’t it?
You’ve done crunches until your abs ache, sweated it out with cardio, but those love handles refuse to budge.
You’ve even attempted those floor exercises, despite the discomfort and the pain, only to see little to no improvement.
It’s draining and demotivating, making you question if you’ll ever get that dream body.
What if I told you there’s a different way?
And you’ve found it right here with this Koboko Fitness Love Handles Workout!
A routine so powerful, you’ll wonder why you didn’t find it sooner.
This workout is designed specifically to target and strengthen your oblique muscles while melting away stubborn fat sitting in the love handles.
A powerful combo that is the key to finally saying goodbye to those stubborn love handles.
And the best part?
All exercises are standing only, which means no more floor exercises!
When coupled with my belly fat workouts, you’re not just dreaming of that strong and confident body, you’re creating it.
Best Exercises for Love Handles: Who this Workout is For
This love handles workout is great for any woman that wants to reduce excess fat around the waist.
And also tone and slim the midsection area.
This area is also referred to as a muffin top sometimes.
Though not my favorite description for the beauty that is the human body, I’m here to help as best I can.
A potent combination is this love handles workout and this belly fat workout.
Best Exercises for Love Handles: How this Workout Works
This workout works by focusing on the efficiency of your movements to produce a higher calorie burn with less effort.
This is achieved through sequencing a special selection of exercises chosen by a Certified Personal Trainer for this exact purpose of getting rid of love handles.
This workout also focuses on standing exercises only – this further enhances the efficiency of the workout and produces more effective results.
Finally, this workout deeply stimulates the core and oblique muscles that help suck in and support the waistline.
When combined with a healthy and balanced diet, this workout is wonderful to help burn fat, reduce love handles, and create a more toned waist.
Exercises in this Workout for Love Handles
Best Exercises for Love Handles Exercise 1: standing climbers
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Quick tips to do standing climbers correctly.
- Begin by standing tall with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms fully extended outwards.
- Keep your palms open and facing downward.
- Inhale as you lift your knee and reach your arm forward, emphasizing the engagement of your core muscles, and exhale as you lower your leg and return to the starting position.
- Keep a slight bend in the knee that remains on the floor as you do the standing climbers
Best Exercises for Love Handles Exercise 2: high punches
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Quick tips to do high punches correctly.
- Suck your abs in nice and tight when doing the high punches exercise
- Fully extend your arms at the top of the punch to get a full range of motion
- Keep your eyes locked on a static object in front of you it will help your form tremendously
- Keep your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart
- Drop into a tiny itsy bitsy squat with each “swing” to the other side to punch
- Do this exercise at a moderate pace not too fast, not to slow
Best Exercises for Love Handles Exercise 3: oblique twist
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Quick tips to do oblique twist correctly.
- Let your hands move freely as you do oblique twists
- As you twist your torso, focus on rotating from your waist rather than just moving your arms or shoulders.
- Exhale as you twist, imagining that you are wringing out a towel with your abdominal muscles.
- Keep your hips square and facing forward to prevent your knees from collapsing inward
- Maintain a steady and controlled pace throughout the exercise, avoiding any jerky or abrupt movements
Best Exercises for Love Handles Exercise 4: side highs
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Quick tips to do side highs correctly.
- Stay on the balls of your feet (the part near your toes) so you can move from side to side swiftly and easily like the wind! whoosh
- Don’t use too much force or effort when bringing your knee up
- The same goes for the elbow movement; keep it smooth and flowing avoid jerky sudden movements if you can Gently touch each elbow to the opposite knee
- Move as quickly as you can from side to side without losing your balance, rhythm, and pace Keep your core engaged as you do side highs
Best Exercises for Love Handles Exercise 5: frankenstein walk
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Quick tips to do frankenstein walk correctly.
- Focus on taking slow, deliberate steps, lifting your legs straight out in front of you like Frankenstein’s monster 😄
- Keep your movements controlled and avoid swinging your legs or letting them flop down. Aim for a smooth and purposeful motion.
- Maintain a relaxed but engaged upper body. Avoid hunching your shoulders or tensing your neck.
- Breathe steadily as you walk, inhaling deeply and exhaling fully to maintain a sense of calm and control.
- Lift your legs as high as your flexibility allows without compromising your balance or form. Don’t force the range of motion; gradually increase it as your flexibility improves over time
3 Best Exercises for Love Handles Tips & Advice
Do 30 Minutes of Structured Exercise
Do your best to get in at least 30 minutes of structured exercise everyday (except your rest days).
This can be anything from belly fat workouts to love handles workouts.
The main thing is to have a dedicated 30 minutes to structured exercise.
In addition to this, if you have time, incorporate other forms of movement into your day like walking, stretching, cycling or swimming.
Although any movement is better than no movement at all, 30 minutes of dedicated time for a structured workout is the gold standard for maintaining consistency.
And consistency is the King, Queen, Bishop, and Jury when it comes to losing love handles (or any kind of fat).
We have to stay consistent with our workouts to see results.
Try Mindful Eating
Practicing mindful eating can help reduce love handles.
Eating mindfully just means eating slowly and with intention.
This was (still is) a hard one for me personally but I try my best each meal.
In the beginning of my mindful eating journey, I actually had to set a timer to force myself to chew more. 😅
Some people recommend chewing each bite 30 times before swallowing.
It’s definitely a worthy goal to aspire to when eating more mindfully.
By eating mindfully, it is easier to pay attention to hunger and fullness cues. It also helps us to pay attention to the emotions driving us to eat particular foods.
This way, we make conscious choices about the food we eat. Instead of automatic, subconscious ones.
Skip These Types of Carbs
Refined carbohydrates include white bread, white pasta, hard candy, gas station food, grocery store donuts, and more.
These foods contribute to weight gain and storage of fat as love handles.
Instead, of these foods, it’s best to choose whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat bread.
These whole grain foods provide more fiber, nutrients, and support the body in losing love handles.
Best Exercises for Love Handles Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are love handles just body fat?
Yes, love handles are indeed just body fat with a twist.
The primary difference between love handles and regular body fat is the specific location of love handles fat.
Love handles are pockets of excess fat that are deposited underneath the skin.
They are visible as roles on the sides of the waist in both men and women.
The twist is that love handles are also influenced by genetics, hormonal changes, and lifestyle choices.
A fun thing to know about love handles is that they actually serve a function.
Love handles help with insulation (so you don’t get cold as easily). They help protect internal organs and they also serve as energy storage.
The lifestyle factors that can encourage love handles are excess consumtion of simple sugars (things like cookies, donuts, and ice-cream), insufficient sleep, not enough exercise, or a combination of all of these.
How do I know if I have love handles?
Good news! If you’re not sure if you have love handles, then most likely you don’t have them.
But if you want to be SUPER sure, put on a fitted bodysuit and look in the mirror.
If there are 2 or more bumps on the sides of the bodysuit, then you probably have love handles.
If there are no bumps then you don’t have love handles.
Please don’t pinch your waist to do this test. Let’s leave that for the ladies in stock photos.
Is it possible to get rid of love handles by exercising only?
Yes, it is possible to reduce love handles through exercise alone.
But if you know your diet is not where it should be, why not clean that up too? 😃
Combining exercise with a healthy balanced diet is a great way to get optimal, long-lasting results.
And it doesn’t have to mean going to the gym.
At home bodyweight exercises like the ones provided here are excellent for getting rid of love handles easily and permanently.
Just be prepared to be consistent.
Love handles don’t go away after just one session of exercise.
It takes several weeks of consistent dedication but you can do it!
How fast do love handles go away?
Give yourself a minimum of 4 weeks to start to see visible reduction in love handles.
The love handles will go away with a consistent regimen of healthy eating and daily exercise.
For some people, the appearance of love handles may start to reduce quicker than 4 weeks. For others, it may take longer.
The key is to eat healthy, workout, and patiently watch the changes happen. Personally, I don’t recommend hyper-focusing on love handles.
It is much better to focus on the following:
- – Are you eating responsibly? (not too much, not too little)
- – Consistently exercising for at least 30 minutes daily?
- – Does your daily life have room for you to get up and move at least once every 40 minutes?
- – Do you have a handle on your sugar intake?
- – Is your sleep hitting 7.5 hours or more daily?
These are factors within your control that all contribute to losing love handles quickly.
I strongly recommend focusing on those factors. And loving your body – whatever stage or state it is in.
It’s not easy, but you can do it and Koboko Fitness is here to help you do just that.
What are love handles?
Love handles, also known as muffin tops, are excess pockets of fat that sit right at the sides of the waist.
They are called love handles because when a loved one puts their hand around the waist, they can usually feel the fat deposit rolls on the waist.
It surprises me that we have turned a loving gesture (a loved one holding our waist) into a source of insecurity (omg! they can feel the fat rolls there).
But I’m not here to judge. I’m only here to help.
Love handles are extra frustrating for people that want a more toned and sculpted midsection.
Those that want an hourglass figure.
And anyone that is worried about their loved ones feeling bumps or rolls while holding their waist.
Love handles can be stubborn and difficult to get rid of.
But it is actually very possible to get rid of love handles completely.
Workout Options (Best Exercises for Love Handles)
There are two workout options for best exercises for love handles in this post.
Regardless of the option you choose, please be sure to do a thorough warm up and cool down.
Here’s a good multi-purpose warm up that most people can easily do.
- 20 sec jumping jacks
- 20 sec squats
- 20 sec lunges
For your cool down, I recommend doing your favorite gentle streches for at least 5 minutes.
Best Exercises for Love Handles Workout Video (Option 1):
Do you want to try a follow along love handles workout?
Simply press play on the video below.
It’s only 10 minutes long. You’ll be done before you know it!
Workout Video: 10 Min No Equipment Back Workout || Lose Back Fat, Underarm Flab & Bra Bulge – At Home Routine
Best Exercises for Love Handles (Option 2):
Do you want to try a self-paced best exercises for love handles workout?
I have you covered.
Follow the workout outline below.
Best Exercises for Love Handles: Workout Outline
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Disclaimer: This or any other exercise program may result in injury. Always consult your doctor / physician before beginning this or any other workout or exercise program. By performing any of the exercises in this program or on this site, you agree to the full disclaimer and assume ALL risks of injury from doing so. Koboko Fitness is NOT responsible or liable for any injury or loss you may sustain by participating in this workout or any exercise program. Read the full disclaimer here before you begin.
Workout Instructions (1/2)
Do each exercise for 30 seconds. Take a 10 second break between each exercise.
- standing climbers
- high punches
- oblique twist
- side highs
- frankenstein walk
Workout Instructions (2/2)
Once you complete all the exercises above as explained, take a 1 minute break, then repeat the exercises as follows
- frankenstein walk
- side highs
- oblique twist
- high punches
- standing climbers
Once you complete this second round, congratulations! Your best exercises for love handles workout is complete!
Want another workout? Try this love handles workout.
A few things to note:
- Whenever there are 2 exercises shown side by side, one is a lower impact modification. Always go with the lower impact version if you are a beginner or have not exercised in a long time.
- If I show an exercise that you do one leg (or arm) at a time, do the leg (or arm) shown for 15 seconds. Then do your other leg (or arm) for the remaining 15 seconds.
It’s easier for me to show you how to do it with just one arm or leg in this post. But if you’re doing my full-length follow along Premium workout videos, I always show both sides of every exercise.
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