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Exercises to Get Rid of a Muffin Top

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The snow has finally melted, but are you ready to embrace your favorite short shorts? If a newfound muffin top is making you wary of ditching your cozy Winter layers, rest assured, there are plenty of ways to whittle away those extra pounds without hitting the gym seven days a week.

"Muffin tops are a problem spot for everyone who overeats," says celebrity trainer Barry Jay, founder of Barry's Bootcamp, the bicoastal workout that's attracted everyone from Katie Holmes to Alanis Morissette to Kim Kardashian. "That part of our body catches excess easily, and it seems like it's the last to change."

To reverse the damage you did this Winter, try asking a doctor or nutritionist how many calories you should be eating for your age, height, and ideal body weight. "Cardio helps, but food is 85 percent of the results we see," says Jay.

Once your diet is back on track, add these three waist-whittling moves to your regular workout once a week to keep love handles at bay.

Side Bends


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  • Stand with your feet hip-distance apart, arms at your sides.
  • As you reach down towards your toes with one arm, lift the other one up towards your waist, placing your hand on your hip.
  • Alternate sides with one arm up, one arm down.
  • Do 100 reps.

Standing Twists


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  • Place your hands behind your head, elbows out wide and knees slightly bent. Isolate your core making sure your hips don't move.
  • Twist to one side then the other alternating sides.
  • Do 100 reps.

Jack Knives


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  • Lay on the floor or a bench with your legs straight out, arms stretched above your head, toes pointed towards the ceiling.
  • Raise your arms towards your toes as you raise your legs to a 45- to 90-degree angle, keeping your shoulders off the floor (above). You should bring your arms way up over your belly button so your body looks just like a jack knife.
  • Then return back to the floor or bench with your legs and arms stretched out.
  • Do 40 reps.
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Katekani15222964 Katekani15222964 2 years
cant wait to start my journey today!!!!!
CoMMember13627274472734 CoMMember13627274472734 3 years
What if you don't have the time or patience to do 100 reps? Can I use weights and lower the amount of reps?
blinkypink blinkypink 3 years
Reading is fundamental. They say "To reverse the damage you did this Winter, try asking a doctor or nutritionist how many calories you should be eating for your age, height, and ideal body weight. "Cardio helps, but food is 85 percent of the results we see," says Jay. Once your diet is back on track, add these three waist-whittling moves to your regular workout once a week to keep love handles at bay." The author never said these were magic moves, but to COMBINE them with diet and cardio.
bluedaisy16 bluedaisy16 3 years
The only way to get rid of a muffin top is with diet and a good combination of strength training and cardio.
anajame anajame 3 years
That's a really cool and helpful article. Have been struggling with my muffin top for a long time but these exercises combined with my nutrition plan helped me a lot:) Check out my video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3jYhNPPAsE
Rebecca-S3451289 Rebecca-S3451289 3 years
Thanks for this great idea this will help me to live a healthy life.:)
Eric-Kenyon-RKC Eric-Kenyon-RKC 4 years
Really clueless article. It has been common knowledge in mainstream fitness  culture for over 20 years that you can not spot reduce. 
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