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Guide posted by Phil B in 100 crunches a day for 2 weeks

Best exercises for side abs

When developing your abdominal muscles it is important not to neglect your side abs. Keeping these tight, will help you avoid getting ‘love handles’, keep your stomach strong and support the main abdominal muscles.

Side crunches are one of the best exercises to perform to work the side abs.

Find a flat surface and preferably using a mat, lie on your back with your legs together and bent to the left hand side. Support your head with hands behind it and elbows pointing outwards. Concentrating on using your abs, lift your shoulders, upper back and head straight off the floor, keeping knees bent to the side. Hold the position for two-seconds, contracting the abs and exhale. Lower the body back down slowly and repeat 12 to 15 times. Once complete, move the legs to the right hand side and repeat the exercise.

Russian Twists are another good exercise for isolating the side abs.

Again, using a flat surface and mat if possible, sit on the floor with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Put your hands together and extend your arms out in front of you. Lean back, so your body is at a 45-degree angle and use your abs to twist your upper body and arms to the left. Then twist to your right and repeat this exercise 12 to 15 times for each side. To make this exercise more effective, you can lean back further to increase the difficulty level.       

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Thanks for the tips. I'm wondering will side crunches help to shrink love handles already there?

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diet dude and cardio with weights or so I've been told

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Another great exercise for the obliques are side plank crunches.

For this exercise, you start off in the bent arm or straight arm side plank position. Then you lower your hips and bring them back up as far as you can and squeeze it tight and then back down again. This exercise can also be made more challenging by placing your feet up on a bench more or less the same height as your bent or straight arm.

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