Q: Do you have any tips on how to burn the love handles and the fat on the lower part of the stomach?
A: Again diet and cardio are important factors here but the lower abdominals can be best targeted by challenging moves that emphasize those muscles. Most people are familiar with reverse crunches but by stepping up the difficulty – in your cardio routine as well – you can drastically increase your results. These are three of my favorite moves for lower abs:
Hanging Knee Raise
Grip the bar with hands around shoulder width apart. Once you’re hanging with your feet slightly off the floor, slowly pull your knees up keeping your legs together. Pause for a second, and slowly lower your knees back to the starting position.
Decline Bench Reverse Crunch
Lie on your back on a decline bench and hold on to the top of the bench with both hands. With your legs extended and a slight bend in your knees, exhale steadily while curling your hips up and off the bench toward your torso until your knees touch (or almost touch) your chest. Hold the contraction for a count and lower your hips and legs back to the start position while inhaling.
Lie on your back on a flat bench and grab the sides of the bench next to your head. Bend your knees and pull your hips off the bench until your knees are over your chest. Extend your legs above you so that your torso and legs are perpendicular to the floor. Your head and shoulders support your body weight in this position. Inhale and lower your legs and hips back toward the bench. Keep your body rigid as much as you are able to throughout.
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