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Goodbye Love Handles: 5 Best Lower Ab Moves

We talk about it all the time… those unwanted love handles, beer bellies or, the worst, muffin tops. It seems like no matter what we do, we can’t get rid of them! While there is nothing better than cardio and HIIT exercises to melt away fat, target your lower belly pouch by tightening up your lower ab muscles to speed up the fat-burning process with these 5 lower ab moves.

  1. Leg lift
    • Lay down on your back with your arms by your side or right behind your lower back for support and your legs straight.
    • Slowly raise both of your legs up until they make a 90 degree angle with your body.
    • Lower legs back towards the floor until they are six inches above the mat.
    • Repeat 15 times.
  2. Scissor Kicks
    • Lay down on your back with your arms by your side or right behind your lower back for support and your legs straight.
    • Lift both legs up 6 inches above the mat.
    • Keep your left leg just 6 inches above the mat and begin raising your right leg until it makes a 45 degree angle with the mat.
    • Switch movements by bringing your right leg back down towards the 6 inches above the mat spot, as you raise your left leg until it makes a 45 degree angle with the mat.
    • Continue switching legs for 15 reps.
  3. Butterfly crunches 
    • Lay down on your back with your legs bent and the soles of your shoes together. Place your hands behind your head.
    • Keeping your lower back on the mat, lift your upper body until your shoulder blades are off of the mat.
    • Lower and repeat 15 times.
  4. Russian twists
    • Sit on your sit bones with your legs lifted so that they are parallel to the floor.
    • Holding a 5 to 10 pound dumbbell with both hands, twist your upper body until your left hand touches the mat near your left hip.
    • Pause for one second, then twist your upper body until your right hand touches the mat near your right hip. Pause.
    • Continue this until you have twisted towards each side 15 times.
  5. Straight Leg Jack Knives
    • Lay down on your back with your legs straight and your arms extended above your head.
    • In one motion, raise both your arms, legs, and upper body until your arms and legs meet at the top, forming a jack knife position.
    • Lower your body back down to the mat.
    • Repeat 15 times.

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