Say Goodbye to Your Muffin Top with These 6 Fat-Burning Exercises

A woman doing a side plank

Watching your diet alone is not enough if you want to shrink your belly and hips. Training also plays an important role: In addition to high intensity interval training, there are specific core strengthening exercises you got to try if you’re serious about getting in shape. Finish up your next training session with a core workout consisting of the following exercises – go for 30-60 seconds of each exercise preferably three times in a row. 

6 Exercises to Get Rid of Your Muffin Top

1. Side Plank Oblique Crunch

  • Elbow directly under shoulder
  • Engage glutes and tuck hips under to stay as straight as possible (if someone was looking at you from above, you should look like a straight line, not a “V” shape).
  • Do not lower hip all the way to the ground
  • Lift bottom hip up as high as possible

2. Russian Twist

  • Keep core engaged and chest up
  • Shoulders down and away from your ears
  • Keep legs & knees as still as possible as you twist side to side

3. Low Side Plank Twists

  • Elbow directly under shoulder
  • Fully engage your core, glutes and legs
  • Square your hips to the ground as you twist through

4. Bicycle Crunches

  • Core engaged and low back flat to the mat
  • Kick legs out as low as possible without arching your back
  • Perform exercise as quickly and controlled as possible
  • Feel the burn: Get that opposite elbow to your opposite knee

5. High Plank Knee Crosses

  • Hands directly under shoulders
  • Shoulders, hips and feet in line throughout movement
  • Fully engage your core, glutes and legs
  • Aim your knee to the outside of the opposite elbow

6. Windshield Wipers

  • Legs together and extended straight up
  • Core engaged, low back flat to the mat
  • Rotate only until the opposite shoulder lifts off the mat

Here you’ll find videos of all exercises, as well:

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Julia Denner Runtastic dietitian Julia is a creative cook. She is convinced that a varied diet and regular exercise are the keys to success. View all posts by Julia Denner »

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