Blast Those Love Handles

Love Handles Circuit - Loving your handles in a different way

Ladies, we know that the secret to flat hard abs is diet and getting your ass off the couch. Yes news flash you have to work hard for those kinds of results and it requires discipline. The key words in that sentence are hard and flat, this does not mean that you cant still have a toned tummy. The most common question I have as a trainer from my girls are, how do I get rid of love handles? Love handles are the outsides of your abs that give you that amazing hour glass shape and also the “tire” ring that is around your pants. Well my Boss Babes, here is my magic circuit to help you melt those handles away and make you 100% beach ready!

1 min per exercise and 3 times through

2.Wood Choppers
4.Alternating Toe Touches
5.Russian Twists
6.Mountain Climbers
7.Standing Oblique Crunches
8.Side Planks

Quick descriptions:

1. Superman:

Alright so to start this off we are going to go into a little but of a stretch while burning the shit out of your core. Start by lying straight and face down on the floor or exercise mat. Your arms should be fully extended in front of you. At the same time raise your arms, legs, and chest off of the floor and hold for 2 seconds. Tip: Squeeze your lower back to get the best results from this exercise. Remember to exhale during this movement. Note: When holding the contracted position, you should look like superman when he is flying. Slowly begin to lower your arms, legs and chest back down to the starting position while inhaling.

2. Wood Choppers

How much wood could a wood chuck chuck? I don't know, but you’re about to become a woodchopper so here it is. . Do ten reps on the right side, then the same on the left. The key here is to keep your hips square but twist your torso. Use a weight that challenges you. So you’re going to start by bringing it down to your side and bringing it up. Remember to try to keep your arms straight. Same thing on the other side by pivoting on the feet.

3. Bicycle Crunches

I use to do bicycles the wrong way for so long. Actually thinking back on it it makes me so sad to know the about of time I wasted doing these and them actually not doing anything. The trick is , take your damn time. Lying flat on the floor with your lower back against the ground, put your hands behind your head and lift your left shoulder off the ground while bringing your right knee to touch your left elbow. Then, repeat but opposite side!

When preforming these on the Evolution you're going to put both of the ankle straps on each ankle and sit up far enough that when your bring your knee up to your elbow that there is resistance that your oblique is pulling when preforming the full motion.

** Think of reaching your shoulder to your knee and less about the elbow to the knee **

4. Alternating Toe Touches

Well I hope you kept your ankle straps on cause you're going to need them. These are AMAZING to let go of those handles that you once loved so much. Lift your legs out in front of you and your arms straight behind your head. Then, lift your right leg straight up in the air at the same time as your left arm, touching your left hand to your right foot (or knee if you can’t make it that far.)

5. Russian Twist

So there are two variations into preforming these twists, the beginner and intermediate version. Grab a 5-10 lb weight or just body weight works as well, and shift your weight on your tailbone. For the intermediate version, sit in a V shape and start twisting your torso from side to side, making sure that the weight touches the ground (don’t half ass this).

** for beginner version, place feet on the ground.

6. Mountain Climbers

Alright, so if your pins are still attached to the bottom holes at the front of your evolution machine, your going to attach your resistance bands here and as well as put your ankle straps on as well! The idea here is to move your knees up to your elbows as though as you’re doing high knees but in a plank position. Since your feet are attached to the resistance bands your obliques are definitely going to feel it!

7. Standing Oblique Crunches

Yes you are going to look like a dancing monkey while you preform these, but hey your obliques will thank you! So the objective with these is to NOT preform this motion by just raising your knees to your elbows, but to bring your knee up to your elbow while crunching your oblique in with the movement. This is the key to really getting those abs burning and to making the most out of your movement.

8. Side Planks

Side planks are a static move, so it might look easy because you’re staying still, turn onto your right side with your legs extended and your feet resting on the ground and stacked on top of each other. You’ll want your right elbow directly under your shoulder to hold up your torso and to protect your shoulder joint.

Record your time and try to beat it with every circuit set!