Oblique and Love Handle Exercise
Best Abdominal Exercises and Core Exercises

Below is a tough oblique and love handle exercise.

But remember that working your love handles and obliques will not magically get rid of stomach fat.

Also, this is a really challenging exercise, it puts lots of pressure on the oblique muscles and the lower back muscles. So listen to your body and build up slowly.

I would not recommend this exercise for beginners or people with serious lower back injuries.

Below is are pictures and instructions for this exercise.

Oblique Exercises: Side Bends with Rotation Holding a Medicine Ball

Starting Position: Adjust the roman chair or hyperextension board so that your thigh rests comfortably on the pad. Secure your feet and hold a medicine ball against your bottom shoulder. You should feel a slight stretch in the obliques in the starting position.

Form: Exhale and raise up your body until your trunk is parallel with your legs. At that point, rotate your bottom elbow and trunk up towards the ceiling and continue side bending until you get to the end of your range of motion. Hold for a brief second and then untwist as you lower to the starting position.

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Personal Trainer Tips: Move in a slow and controlled manner, and do your best to focus on twisting your body and not just your elbow.

Again, this exercise is very challenging on the oblique muscles and also the lower back. If you are a beginner, first master an easier version of side bends on the roman chair.

Always listen to your body. The exercises that challenge the obliques muscles also challenge the lower back muscles, so build up slowly.

Perform 5-15 repetitions on each side.

If this exercise is too difficult, you can try it first without a medicine ball.

You can use a 2 pound medicine ball to start and build up as your strength improves. And obviously you can use dumbbells or any other form of resistance to make this exercise harder.


This is just one oblique and love handle exercise for your oblique muscles. If you don't have access to a gym or this machine try another oblique and love handle exercise on this site.

But remember that oblique exercises by themselves won't get rid of your love handles or give you a 6 pack. If you want to lose stomach fat you must take a comprehensive approach to fitness and health.

Try some of the weight loss tips and diet tips on this site, or read about getting a flat stomach and 6 pack abs.

Yours in Health
Dr. Charles

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