A Trainer's 5 Favorite Workouts to Strip Away Love Handles


Plank dips highlight the obliques and strengthen the core, reducing love handles. Start in forearm plank to do a plank dip. Rotate your hips to angle them downward. After centering, rotate to the other side. Keep your core engaged. Repeat the desired number of times.

Mountain Climbers

Mountain climbers are adaptable because they work the core and cardiovascular system.

Mountain climbers start with a pushup plank. Drive a knee to your chest. Switch legs and drive the opposite knee forward. Keep your core tight and avoid hip bouncing. Once more, 30 seconds.


Lunges need standing erect with feet hip-width apart. Move one foot forward and lunge. Rotate your rear foot inward slightly when lowering your back knee for better biomechanics. Restart by pushing through the front leg's whole foot. Switch legs after the target repetitions.

Bicycle Crunches

Bicycle crunches work the obliques and rectus abdominis well. This workout targets obliques, rectus abdominis, and hip flexors.

Bicycle crunches are done on your back with your hands behind your head and legs raised. Bring one knee to your chest and rotate the other elbow toward it. Switch sides and stretch the bent leg while bringing the other knee to the chest. Rotation should elevate shoulder blades off the ground. Repeat the desired number of times.

Side Plank Leg Lifts

This variation of the side plank further challenges the obliques by adding a leg lift, engaging the side muscles of the core even more intensely.

Starting in a side plank on your forearm, practice leg lifts. Lift and lower the upper leg without touching the bottom leg while maintaining the plank. Keep your hips high and body aligned. Use your obliques throughout. Repeat the goal number of times, then swap sides.

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