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Love Handles Workout for College Students (+ Awesome Workout Video) ❀

Are you juggling classes, attempting to have a social life, and also trying to get rid of love handles?

Introducing the ultimate love handles workout for college students. πŸŽ“

I can’t help with the social life or classes but I sure can help with the love handles!

This workout can help you shed those extra pounds and tone up that midsection.

In today’s workout, I’ll share some effective exercises that specifically help to melt stubborn love handles.

So, if you’re ready to say goodbye to love handles and hello to a slimmer waistline, let’s dive right in!

Love Handles Workout for College Students: How this Workout Works

This workout burns fat stored in the love handles area by combining the best, and most effective standing exercises only. By removing the need to go on the floor, your body is forced to burn more calories and fat with much less effort.

In addition, the exercises in this workout were specially selected by a Certified Personal Trainer and designed to target and strengthen the deep core and oblique muscles to give your waist a tighter, more toned appearance.

When paired with a healthy, balanced approach to eating, this love handles workout is excellent for reducing fat and achieving a slimmer midsection.

Exercises in this Workout for Love Handles

Love Handles Workout for College Students Exercise 1: candlesticks

candlesticks exercise demo

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Quick tips to do candlesticks correctly.

  • While bending on each side, make sure that you don’t go all the way down to 90 degrees
  • Distribute your weight evenly between both feet and ensure that your feet are hip-width apart. This provides a stable base of support
  • As you bend to each side, emphasize the hip hinge movement rather than rounding your back. This means keeping your back straight and keeping your hips stable as you lean sideways.
  • Keep your eyes looking straight ahead and avoid rounding or collapsing through your upper body. Maintain a slight bend in your knees for stability.
  • As you bend to the side, feel the stretch along the opposite side of your body.
  • Focus on lengthening that side while maintaining proper form.

Love Handles Workout for College Students Exercise 2: the hopper

the hopper exercise demo

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Quick tips to do the hopper correctly.

  • Do small and controlled hops while performing the hopper
  • Engage your core muscles to bring balance and stability
  • Swing your arms to help generate momentum and increase the height of your hops
  • Land on the balls of your feet to absorb the impact and reduce strain on your joints
  • Keep your chest up and your shoulders back to maintain good posture

Love Handles Workout for College Students Exercise 3: star step with modification

star step with modification exercise demo

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Quick tips to do star step with modification correctly.

  • If this is your first time doing star steps, do the variation on the right. The variation of the exercise shown on the left is higher intensity than the one on the right.
  • As you perform the star step movement, focus on stepping out as wide to the side as you can with the stepping foot.
  • Keep your movements controlled and avoid rushing or using momentum. Focus on balance and stability as you step and reach.
  • Make sure the foot staying on the ground is firmly planted – avoid standing on tiptoes for this exercise.
  • Maintain a soft and relaxed landing as you step out to the side. Try to avoid slamming your foot down into the ground.

Love Handles Workout for College Students Exercise 4: Up and outs

Up and outs exercise demo

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Quick tips to do Up and outs correctly.

  • keep your back straight
  • bring your heel as close to your booty as possible. if you’re flexible enough, your heel should actually slightly graze your butt bring your elbows as far down as possible (we’re going for a full range of motion here)
  • keep your shoulders down and back
  • use your abs to engage your core during the Up and Outs exercise
  • keep your head up and eyes forward
  • make sure you are using those leg muscles to move as quickly as your body will allow

Love Handles Workout for College Students Exercise 5: penguin crunch

penguin crunch exercise demo

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Quick tips to do penguin crunch correctly.

  • If you find it challenging to touch your elbow to the knee in the twist, start by performing partial range of motion.
  • Try to keep your hands parallel to the floor
  • Pay attention to your overall body alignment throughout the exercise. Keep your back straight, shoulders relaxed, and maintain a neutral neck position. Avoid slouching or rounding your back.
  • Be mindful of any excessive strain on your neck. Instead of pulling your head forward, keep your chin slightly lifted and gaze forward to maintain a natural alignment
  • Try to mentally focus on your abs and waist as you raise each leg. This will enhance your mind-muscle connection and the effectiveness of the penguin crunch

3 Love Handles Tips for College Students

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. πŸ˜…

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.

Love Handles Workout for College Students Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long does it take to lose love handles?

Give yourself a minimum of four weeks to start to see visible results.

The exact time it will take varies from person to person, but in my experience as a personal trainer, the average time you need to SEE changes is about four weeks.

πŸ””Keep in mind that changes are happening in your body before this 4 week mark – especially if you’re doing my workouts.

People that do my workouts FEEL a difference immediately from the very first workout.

So exercise patience, stay consistent and you will see your love handles start to reduce.

And since 4 weeks is just the average, some people start to see results faster than that. While others see results a bit later.

Some of the factors that influence how quickly you see results are your current body weight, body fat percentage, steps taken per day, genetics, hormones. macros, quantity of food consumed on a daily basis, sleep quality, and more.

Of all these factors, the top 3 things you can control are diet, exercise and stress.

Is it possible to get rid of love handles without going to the gym?

Yes, it is possible to get rid of love handles without going to the gym. πŸŽ‰

This is fantastic news for those of us with extremely busy lifestyles.

As well as people that don’t enjoy the gym environment.

Or people that just prefer to exercise at home without the headache of a gym membership.

The key to getting rid of love handles without going to the gym is to simply stay consistent with doing at home exercises like the ones provided here and eating a healthy balanced diet.

Include fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in your meals. Stay away from processed foods, sugary snacks, and drinks.

A little treat here and there is fine though – there should be no guilt associated with eating food!

When it is time to exercise, do the love handles workouts provided on this page. And stay consistent with doing them.

You can also boost your physical activity by taking walks outside. I LOVE a good leisurely stroll early in the morning. It is pure bliss!

A jog could also be nice or try cycling, swimming, or even gardening.

The extra physical activity combined with your consistent workouts and healthy eating will help reduce love handles over time.

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.

Are love handles normal?

Love handles are totally normal and natural.

Each person stores fat differently – and for some people – that fat gets deposited in the waist.

This does not say anything about health – which is the most important thing.

People of all shapes and sizes have love handles.

What are the best foods to eat or avoid to reduce love handles?

Basically anything that doesn’t taste good. πŸ˜‚

But really, eat the things your grandma would tell you to eat (but not eat herself) LOL

You want

  • lean proteins – like chicken breast – not thighs
  • complex cabs – like brown rice – not white
  • healthy fats – like avocado – not cheese burgers
  • fruits – like apples, oranges, bananas
  • vegetables – like spinach, carrots, bokchoy
  • water – and lots of it

These are the types of foods that keep your body stable and balanced so that you are not inflamed.

They help you recover well from your daily stressors. And they help your body to avoid storing excess fat in your stomach and waist.

Workout Options (Love Handles Workout for College Students)

There are two workout options for love handles workout for college students 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

Do twice.

For your cool down, I recommend doing your favorite gentle streches for at least 5 minutes.

Love Handles Workout for College Students 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: BEST love handles & belly fat workout \\ Snatch your waist!

Love Handles Workout for College Students (Option 2):

Do you want to try a self-paced love handles workout for college students workout?

I have you covered.

Follow the workout outline below.

Love Handles Workout for College Students: Workout Outline

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  • Love Handles Workout for College Students-candlesticks exercise
  • Love Handles Workout for College Students-the hopper exercise
  • Love Handles Workout for College Students-star step with modification exercise
  • Love Handles Workout for College Students-Up and outs exercise
  • Love Handles Workout for College Students-penguin crunch exercise
 
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.

  1. candlesticks
  2. the hopper
  3. star step with modification
  4. Up and outs
  5. penguin crunch

Workout Instructions (2/2)

Once you complete all the exercises above as explained, take a 1 minute break, then repeat the exercises as follows

  1. penguin crunch
  2. Up and outs
  3. star step with modification
  4. the hopper
  5. candlesticks

Once you complete this second round, congratulations! Your love handles workout for college students 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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