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Help Me Lose the Lovehandles!

This week I received an email titled, “LOVE-HANDLES!! Help me lose them.” I have been working on a routine that incorporates exercises that will help you work your love handles (the oblique region of the torso). Personally, I like to work my “obliques” on days I work my legs, so I created the Legs and Love Handles workout seen below.

As with any abdominal exercise, you need to concentrate on three areas to help firm your mid-section. These are:

1) Healthy Diet
2) Cardio-vascular and resistance training
3) Targeted Abdominal exercises.

The number one item if you will notice is food intake. As with any fitness and health goal – nutrition and exercise are always the main ingredients to success. Neither can be missing or you will not have the energy to exercise or you will be part of the yo-yo diet crowd, buying a new diet book every year. Here is how I would break it down to get rid of those “love handles.”

*note – There are no isolation exercise that will spot reduce fat from your body. Fat comes off the body through healthy diet, cardiovascular activity, and water consumption together. The abdominal routines/resistance workouts below will help you firm the muscles under fat.






To begin, click on the links below or just hit “next” at the bottom of the page.

# 1: Healthy Diet

# 2: Cardiovascular Exercise

# 3: Great Crunches for Better Abs