The real term for the commonly used word ‘Love handles’ is Oblique. They are a part of the stomach and the abdominal muscles; the core of the human body. For anyone aspiring to get those six pack impression on their stomach, toning Oblique muscles is a must.
Most of the exercises that work on your abdominal muscles or abs also affect your Love handles but performing Oblique specific exercises is equally required.
Here, we will discuss the top five oblique exercises that will also accelerate the growth of your abs. Follow them regularly and intensely to strengthen them to the core.
5 Best Oblique Exercises
Pull Up Bar Twists
You would require a strong pull up bar to work on this one. Hang on the bar and pull your knees towards the chest. Contract the area around your stomach but do not hold your breath.
Then slowly move your body to the left. Come back to the default position and move to the right. Do it in reps of at least ten and try three sets to start with. Try to keep the motion smooth as swinging reduces the effect of this exercise.
Be seated and hold a barbell with both your hands. Hold it horizontally near the height of your nose and keep the arms straight. Exhale and move to the left, inhale and return to the starting position.
Do the same to the right side of your body and gradually increase the speed. Start with ten reps at first and as you get comfortable increase them as much as you want.
Dumbbell Side Dips
This exercise can be performed without weight as well, but if you want results within a month then dumbbells are required. Hold a dumbbell in your left hand and bend your body to the left.
Go as low as possible, exhaling at the same time. Return slowly, inhale and then bend to the right side with the weight in the same hand. Again, try going as low as possible. Return, relax and then move the weight to the other hand. Increase the weight and reps every week for optimum results.
This is similar to crunches but focuses more on the love handles. Lie straight on your back and keep your hands behind the ears. Exhale and then pull yourself to the sides.
This would mean, while you pull yourself up from your left, you try reaching the right side of your waist. Inhale while returning and try the same with the other side. So, the movement resembles that of crunches but its making a cross.
This is the last exercise which would complete the oblique work out cycle. This is a difficult one as well so pay extra attention while you do it. Lie on your side on the floor and stretch your body. Pull your weight on your feet and elbow to make a small arc in between.
At this time, your body would be in the air. Now contract the muscles in and around your stomach and hold the position. Keep the breath going as normal, hold yourself in that position for as long as possible then switch the side.
This way you will work out on the Oblique from every aspect and the result would show within weeks, so good luck!