This Workout Specifically Targets — And Tightens Up — Your Love Handles


You’re about to end off your magical date after an evening of good banter, but before you both get into your cars to drive off, they lean in for a hug. He or she hugs you and their arms find their way around your waist. You’re holding your breath, with hopes that they don’t feel your love handles. They miss and you let out a sigh of release because you forgot to do your side crunches today.

Ask any woman about her favourite body part and she probably won’t speak about her amazing love handles – that excess fat that sits on the side of the waist, also known by its no less cute name: muffin top.

Women’s Health spoke to 2019 Next Fitness Star finalist and certified group fitness instructor Renché Seyffert about the different natural ways we can get rid of our love handles.


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This workout consist of 12 exercises and will take approximately 25 minutes. Your obliques will be on fire — guaranteed!

Warm-up: muscle activation

Set your timer for four minutes. Perform 12 reps of each exercise before moving onto the next. No rest in between.

  1. Upright Oblique Dips
  2. Upright Oblique Crunches
  3. All 4 Windshield Wipers
  4. All 4 Side to Back Crunch

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Get moving, say goodbye to love handles

For these moves, the 50/10 principle applies. Work for 50 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Beginners can follow the 40/20 principle. Work for 40 seconds, then rest for 20 seconds.

Combo 1
50 seconds – Rainbow Dips
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds – Spider Crunches
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds –Combination: 2 Rainbow Dips, 2 Spider Crunches, 2 Rainbow Dips, etc
10 seconds – Rest

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Combo 2
Perform the entire set on the right and then on the left
50 seconds– Side Plank Dips
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds – Side Plank Crunches
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds – Combination: 1 dip, 1 crunch, 1 dip, etc
10 seconds – Rest

Combo 3
50 seconds – Heel Taps
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds – Bridge Side Pluses
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds – Combination: 2 taps, 2 side pulses, 2 taps then a 10-second rest

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Combo 4
Perform the entire set on the right and then on the left.50 sec Side Flutter Kicks
10 seconds– Rest
50 seconds – Side Crunches
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds combination: 2 flutter kicks, 1 crunch, 2 flutter kicks, etc.

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