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Common Fitness Mistake: Side Bends with Heavy Weights

The love handles are one part of the body we can all do without. People are always asking me what they should be doing to get rid of their love handles and I always say: Cardio is the only thing at the gym that will really reduce your overall body fat, which is what love handles are.

However, if you're looking to tone up those obliques, then you may do side bends (grasping dumbbells and bending side to side). Side bends are a very popular move for those of us that hate doing sit-ups but would still like to work our abs from time to time. Do yourself a favor, unless you are looking to 'bulk' up those obliques (which most of us aren't), don't go too heavy with the weights -- Too heavy of a weight may actually make the area larger. Not to mention that going too heavy could result in poor form, which could strain your back. So when you're doing side bends in the future, aim for higher reps with lighter weights.

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Nicole2534257 Nicole2534257 5 years
would 12 lbs be too heavy? (i'm 5'8" and 163 lbs)
melda melda 10 years
I didnt know this thank you
SU3 SU3 10 years
Sometimes I'll use my resistance band instead of weights.
talida talida 10 years
oh, I love this move! I usually do it with 5lb or 8lb dumbbells. I'm sure it varies from person to person, but what would be considered "too heavy of a weight" for doing side bends?
mlen mlen 10 years
that's so weird, i just started doing this move last week! i only have 5 lb weights at home, so that's all i've been using- so that is definitely not too bad! if i go to the gym ever i might increase it slightly, but not too much. i don't want to bulk up my sides!
sdimondi sdimondi 10 years
i did em too last night! I stick to around 15, i always need a bit of a challenge.
fashionhore fashionhore 10 years
I just did this move last night. I love these moves because sometimes I am too lazy to get down on the floor and do sit-ups or crunches, gasp! I do about 100 a day with 2 lb. weights but I break it up to 4 sets of 25 at different times of the day. They work ladies so dust off your dumbells and get to side bending.
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
YaY! I am doing it right!! Hahaha, to DesignR...Pink does have man abs! LoL
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I'm so guilty of doing this move with 25 pound weights :OOPS: AND I don't want the man abs P!nk has either.
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