Feel Better In Your Jeans
If you're tired of that section of skin that rolls over the top of your jeans (commonly referred to as a 'muffin top' or 'love handles'), no shame; you're far from the only one looking for how to slim down in this area.
The hard truth: No matter how many lower abs, obliques, and lower back exercises you do, you can't tone your muffin top into oblivion. It's fat, meaning the only way to get truly get rid of it is to lose weight.
That being said, you can firm up the muscles underneath to make you feel better, look sleeker, and burn cals that will ultimately help you get the stomach you want. How? This muffin top workout from insanely fit (and funny) trainer Kym Perfetto (@KymNonStop). (This muffin-top melter workout will also help you burn cals and torch your core like crazy.)
How it works: Follow along with Kym in the video above, or do the moves step-by-step below. Complete the warm-up, then do each superset twice. Ex: Do a full sets of exercise 1a then do a full set of exercise 1b. Repeat. Then move on to 2a and 2b.
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Here's a secret about core workouts: The best ones work more than just your core. This four-minute Tabata workout will get your legs, arms, and back working hard, but will keep the focus on engaging your core during every exercise. You're sure to feel a deep abdominal burn. (That's also how you can carve your core during any workout, from running to spinning to lifting weights.)
The mastermind behind these Tabata moves is none other than Tabata queen Kaisa Keranen, aka @kaisafit and creator of the 30-day Tabata challenge that'll get you shredded in just four minutes per day.
How it works: Grab some space and a mat (if the floor you're on is hard) and get to work. You'll do each move for 20 seconds, as many reps as possible (AMRAP). Then rest for 10 seconds and move on to the next one. Complete the circuit two to four times for a total-body workout with extra focus on your core.
For best results, perform 15 reps of each move, back to back without rest, up to four days a week. And be sure to couple your lower-body workouts with cardio exercise and a healthy diet to stay slim and trim for good.
Want to boost your burn? Try adding a set of 5-10 pound dumbbells to some of the strength moves for more of a challenge.