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Standing Side Bend

The standing side bend works your obliques, and celeb trainer Harley Pasternak recommends this move to keep the love-handle area tight. We like that it simultaneously stretches one side of your torso while working the other — it feels good.

  • Stand with your feet a little wider than hip distance apart holding a five- to 10-pound dumbbell over your head. Squeeze your head with your upper arms to fire up your core and protect your neck.
  • Bend sideways to the right, squeezing your waist on the right side. Keep your neck as neutral as possible, looking forward, not down.
  • Pull the left ribs down to return to standing upright. This focuses the work on the left obliques. Switch sides, and bend to the left to complete one rep.
  • Repeat for a total of 12 reps. Do three sets.

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