8 Simple and Effective Exercises To Lose Muffin-Top Fat

3. Bicycle Crunches:

HOW TO DO:

  • Lie on your back, knees bent.
  • Place hands behind your head without interlacing your fingers. Lift your head slightly.
  • Twist so that your left elbow goes toward your right knee while you extend your left leg.
  • Pull your leg back in and extend the other leg, twisting so that your right elbow goes toward your left knee.
  • Build up to 3 sets of 25 reps each.

4. Side Planks:

HOW TO DO:

  • Lie down on your right side, leaning on your elbow.
  • Extend your legs out straight, with your feet stacked. The edge of your right foot should be on the floor.
  • Use your core to hold your body up in a straight line (you can modify it by putting your right knee down on the floor if you need support).
  • Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, or longer if you can.
  • Lower yourself fully to the floor and switch sides.
  • For added challenge, lift the top leg and hold it up so that it is not touching the bottom leg.
  • Holding each side for about 30 seconds, do four or five reps, and increase as you get stronger.

5. Seated Russian Twists:

HOW TO DO:

  • Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat.
  • Hold your arms out in front of you, hands pressed together.
  • Lean back about 45 degrees. With a slow, controlled movement, twist to your left side.
  • Return to center, and twist to your right. That’s one rep.
  • One full rep should take about 20 seconds. Take a breath and repeat.
  • Start with four to five reps, adding more reps as you get stronger.
  • For an added challenge, lift your feet off the floor as you do this exercise.
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