Yummy, yummy, muffin mommy! Yes, we love muffins, and we can barely stand not eating them when we see it exposed in the store window. But when the muffins start to pop-out of your jeans, well, that’s not very “likey”!
The muffin top or love handles or belly fat is the same fat around your waist! And is pretty troublesome because it’s very, very hard to get rid of! And I’m not saying that everyone should have those perfectly shaped abs, but that bulge popping out of your jeans is not so “yummy”! I don’t have six-packs…yet…but thanks God that I managed to get rid of that muffin top. I quit dieting, although my meals are still healthy, and I start exercising. With lots of patience and perseverance, practicing the below exercises daily (you can have no more than 2 cheat-days per week) I got rid of that nasty fat around my waist. And know I’m working for a beautiful pair of six-packs.
So, try it yourself to achieve the blast-off muffin top goal!
1. Candlestick Dipper
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Get on your knees with your abs tight and back straight. Use cushioning under your knees if they are sensitive.
Now straighten your right leg to your side. Make sure your knee is straight and not drooping towards the floor.
Now raise your hand straight overhead and bind your fingers together. Keep the first 2 fingers joined in a Charlie’s Angels pose.
Now bend at your waist to your left side. Go as low as you can and try to be parallel to the floor.
Rise up back into the starting position.
Do 15 dips and then repeat on the other side.
2. Hip Dips
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Get down into the plank position with your abs tightened.
Lower into the forearm plank by bending your elbows and coming down on your forearms.
Now roll to your left side into a forearm side plank and stack your right leg over your left leg. Put your right hand on your hip.
Now dip your hip towards the floor and lift back.
Do 10 dips on this side and then roll to the other side and do 10 dips.
3. Rolling Plank
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Start in high plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders, fingers pointing forward.
Drop your left knee to the ground and rotate your hips counter clockwise until your right hip is directly over your left hip (perpendicular to the ground).
Lift your right arm straight up, making sure that your shoulders are stacked in a direct line, your right shoulder above your left.
You should look like a T angled on its side (with a cute little kickstand).
Keep your right leg extended over your bent left leg.
Lift your hips by squeezing your glutes to keep your side body in a straight line from shoulders to the end of the straight leg.
Slowly rotate your right arm back to the ground as you lift the left knee to return to full plank.
Repeat the process on the other side: drop the right knee, rotate your hips clockwise as your left arm opens to stack the left shoulder over the right. The left leg stays straight over the bent right knee. Squeeze those glutes!
Do 3 sets of 10 (one rep equals rolling to both sides).
4. Butt Lift
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Lie down on the floor on your back with your feet flat on the floor and knees bent.
Now lift your butt up until you get a straight line from knees to shoulders.
Lower down again.
Do it 15-20 times.
5. Hip Twists
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Get down into a forearm plank with your elbows directly under your shoulders and body in a straight line.
Now twist your hip to the left side and touch your left hip to the floor and then twist to the right, and then touch the right hip to the floor.
Do 20 twists.
6. Bicycle Crunches
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Lie down on the floor on your back and lift your feet with your knees bent such that your calves become parallel to the floor.
Put your hands behind your head to support your head and neck.
Now bring your left knee towards your right elbow and at the same time straighten the right leg out. Do not lower the right leg to the floor.
Now, bring right knee to the left elbow and straighten the left leg out.
Keep alternating and do as much as you can for 1-2 minutes.
7. Russian Twist
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Start seated with knees bent and feet flat on the floor, holding one dumbbell with both hands in front of chest. Keeping the spine long and the abdominals tight, lean back slightly and lift the feet a few inches off the floor. (To modify, keep the feet on the floor.)
Slowly twist the torso to the left and bring the dumbbell beside the left hip.
Return to center, and then slowly twist to the right and bring the weight beside the right hip to complete one rotation.
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Lie down on your back with feet pressed into the floor.
Raise your hips up until you get a line from shoulders to knees.
Now move your hips from side to side in a wave.
Do 15 waves and lower your butt down.
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