That weight around your middle sure can be stubborn to shift. Anyone who’s tried to get rid of their muffin top can vouch for how difficult it is to get rid of. If you want to tackle your wobbly tum and sides, or just want to tone up your middle area, use this workout along with a healthy diet (think nutrient-dense veg, high-quality protein and lots of water) and you might be on to a winner.

Crunch

Sets 3 Reps 25

Begin by lying on your back with your knees bent at a 90º angle. Think of creating a concave stomach by pulling your belly button in towards your spine and then curl your trunk up, keeping your head and neck tall and in line with your body. Keep pulling your navel in towards your spine during the whole movement. 

Tummy tucker

Sets 1 Reps 5-15

Lie on the floor with your knees bent, feet on the floor and your hands on your abs. Take a deep breath in, exhale, and then draw your navel in to your spine, aiming to pull your belly button into the floor. Hold for 10 seconds, then relax. Start with one set of 5 reps, aiming to work up to 15.

One-legged plank hydrant

Sets 2 Reps 10 each leg

This will target your love handles. Get into the plank position with your hands on the floor. Pull one of your knees close to your chest then, without touching the floor, push your leg back out and up so it’s behind you at a 45º angle. Hold for two seconds, then bring the leg back into your chest. 

Downward dog to plank

Sets 1 Reps 5

Start on all fours, with your wrists slightly in front of your shoulders. Move your knees hip-width apart and curl your toes under. Exhale, then lift your knees off the floor, reach your sit bones toward the ceiling, and straighten your legs into a downward dog position, pushing through your heels. Hold for five slow breaths. Inhale, then shift your weight forward into plank, keeping your core strong. Hold, then exhale and push into a downward dog. Do five rounds, holding each pose for around five breaths each. Rest if you need to.

This article first appeared in Women’s Fitness

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