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"They can be rather embarrassing, especially when you try to dance with that special someone or hug a close friend."

Love Handle Exercise: The Best Exercises to Beat the Flab
by Patrick Austin

Mr. Austin is a freelance writer who covers sports for a number of web sites including,, and He currently also covers entertainment and sports for Vainquer magazine.

Many people, especially men, would love to get rid of those flabby love handles that sag off the side of the body. They can be rather embarrassing, especially when you try to dance with that special someone or hug a close friend. When their hands come across those hated handles it makes you feel like a Goodyear blimp.

If you’re trying to find the best love handle exercise, here is a wake up call—you cannot reduce fat in one specific area (commonly called spot reducing). It just isn’t possible. The only way to get rid of those love handles is to reduce your caloric intake with a healthy diet and start a cardiovascular exercise routine.

Now, it is possible to tone the muscle under fat, but it will not get rid of the fat itself. So if you are doing a thousand side-ab crunches, you will develop your muscles but never see them under that layer of gelatinous goo covering your stomach.

If you are eating healthy and exercising regularly, here is a look at the top three best love handle exercise routines. Remember that the official name for the muscles on the side of your body is your oblique muscles. So if you try to find more exercises, be sure to use that terminology in your next web search.

Also, you may want to check out this book on how to firm up and flatten your abs.

Love Handle Exercise #1—Basic side crunch

This exercise is the best of the best. It targets your oblique muscles better than most positions. Remember to bring your heels up towards your back and rest your knees to one side of the floor. With your hands behind your head, come up slowly using your side oblique muscles. For an illustration on how to do the basic side crunch, here is a link to check it out…

Basic side crunch

Love Handle Exercise #2—Hand to Knee Crunch

This is another really good exercise for your oblique muscles. Place one leg across the other, keeping the foot close to your backside. Hold your head with one hand, making sure you keep your chin off your chest, and avoid straining on your neck. With the other hand take it across your body, just above your knee. Remember to take left hand to right knee, then vice versa. Here is an illustration of this love handle exercise…

Hand to Knee Crunch

Love Handle Exercise #3—Side Bend Crunch

The final love handle exercise I recommend is the side bend crunch. This will really help ensure you workout your entire oblique section. Work one side at a time, by resting your head on one hand, and with the other hand, bend to the side with your shoulders off the floor, towards your feet. Be sure to bend at the waist and touch your foot, rather than simply stretching out your arm. Your feet should be up close and you should have your legs bent. Control the movement, remembering the slower you work, the harder the crunch.

Side Bend Crunch

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