9 muffin-top melting moves to get you back in your skinny jeans


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Reprinted from SkinnyMom.com

Whether you call them your love handles or muffin tops, there’s nothing lovey or yummy about them! (Seriously, who gave them that name?) Anyways, the start of fall means it’s time to get back into those skinny jeans! No one wants to put on their first pair of jeans of the season and have a muffin top — or worse: not even fit! 

First off, eating healthy and cleaning up our diets is most important. Secondly, we must get rid of those love(less) handles. Strengthen and tighten those oblique muscles with some of these moves to “whittle your middle.”


1. V-ups

Lie flat on your back with your legs extended together and your arms extended next to your ears, past your head. In one motion, simultaneously lift your upper body and your legs; try to bring your hands to your feet. Keep your legs straight and your head in line with your upper body. Your body should form a “V.” Do not curl your back, forming a “c” shape. Everything should remain straight. Lower yourself back down. Do as many as you can within 60 seconds. 


2. Tabletop side kicks

Get down on all fours, making sure your back is straight and your hands are under your shoulders, knees under your hips. Lift your right leg and cross it behind your left leg, tapping your right toe to the floor. From there, lift your leg back up and kick it to your right side. Try to lift it as high as your hip and kick it as far forward as you can. Cross it back behind your left leg and tap the floor. That’s one rep. Do as many sidekicks as you can in 30 seconds then switch legs for another 30 seconds. 


3. Side plank hip dips 

Start in a side plank position with your elbow touching the ground. Drop your hips toward the floor, squeezing your obliques as you bring them back up. Repeat 15 times per side.