Love handles. Muffin tops. Such endearing terms for something so many of us despise and don’t find appetizing!
It can be one of the last places the inches drop off for many of us! Yours truly included. I have, to be honest, most of my pants these days don’t have buttons, but it’s good to know that the ones that do usually fit. Usually.
Anyhoo, there’s one move that gives proven results when it comes to shrinking the muffin top/love handle area (das obliques), and it’s probably not the exercise you think it is!
The Bent Over Dumbbell Row
If you want to tone up and trim down your love handles, them, you should try adding bent–over dumbbell rows using a slightly heavier weight than usual.
For example, if you regularly lift 20 reps using a 10-pound weight, choose a 12 or 15-pound weight and do 15 reps instead.
How does this work?
While you’re performing the DB rows, and your back and biceps are working hard, it forces your love handles to take over and stabilize your body. Be sure to watch your form, if you do these correctly, they are very effective!
The reason that the bent over row is such an effective exercise is that it is a compound movement. Compound movements train the largest muscle areas in the shortest amount of time. By adding compound movements to your workouts, you can increase multiple muscle group isolation, decreases muscle adaption, and reduces overuse injury.
Pretty sweet, huh?
Add three sets of 15 reps using a slightly heavier weight than you could lift 20 reps with (as indicated in the explanation above) for 3-4 days per week and see the difference, fast![Tweet “Hate your “love handles”? Try this one move for zero love handles via @beetsperminute http://wp.me/p5q00n-Ok #fitfluential #sweatpink #girlsgonesporty”]I’m linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday.