Friday, October 24, 2014

Lose Your Love Handles With One Easy Move

Love handles suck.

The best way to fight the area is a great combo of a clean diet + cardio, since spot reduction is a myth. However, there is one very neglected move to help: the Dumbbell Sidebend.

This move works by strengthening & building your oblique muscles. The obliques, which run down on either side of your torso, are responsible for a variety of movements around the spine. When you twist your torso, your obliques are responsible for the movement. During side bends, the obliques flex the spine laterally.

(I was 16 weeks pregnant here! Hehe!)

For this move, you will need one dumbbell-preferrably at a weight that you feel most comfortable with. You may even use a kettlebell!

How to do a Dumbbell Sidebend:
  1. Grasp dumbbell with arm straight to side.
  2. Bend waist to opposite side of dumbbell until slight stretch is felt, no more than 6 inches usually.
  3. Lower to opposite side, same distance and repeat.
  4. Continue with opposite side.

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