What if it was possible to lose your muffin top from the comfort of your own home?
Muffin tops are one of the top problems of women who want to workout. Unfortunately, muffin tops can be the last thing to go when trying to lose weight. That pesky fat that is stored in your hip area can be a real hassle.
One of our missions here at HealthyTop10s is to help you improve your health so we have curated 10 exercises to blast your muffin top once and for all. Even if you don’t have a ‘muffin top’ these are still great workouts for your core and they are super easy-to-do!
Lay flat on your back with your knees raised above your body and your knees bent and parallel to the floor. Extend your arms straight above you. Activate your core muscles while straightening out your right foot and simultaneously lower your left straight arm towards the ground, staying parallel. Then repeat it to the other side. Do this 20 times by 3 sets.
Sit on your mat with your right leg bent in front of your body. Put your knee in front of your right hip and your right foot in front of your hip, similar to sitting in “criss- cross apple sauce”. Put your left leg in the same position behind you at about a ninety degree angle. Keep a flat back while hinging forward from the hips and put your palms in front of your chest for balance. Lift your leg off the floor by a few inches, trying to bring your left leg towards your right and tapping your left thigh to your left elbow. Change sides. Do this 10 times by 3 sets.
On your back, bend your knees into your chest with your hands behind your head. Rest your fingers on your temples to avoid straining your neck. Bend your left knee into your chest as your right leg extends forward, nearly parallel to the floor. Turn your right shoulder towards your knee, crunching your shoulder and knee closer together. Change sides. Do this 10 times by 3 sets.
Lay on your belly with your arms and legs extended above and behind you. Inhale to extend your spine and lift your chest. Push your Arms and thighs off of the floor through your heels and fingertips, hovering above the mat. Look towards the ground to keep your neck from straining. Rest. Do this 30 seconds by 3 sets.
Assemble yourself into a forearm plank position, squeezing your abs tight and lifting your hips slightly above your shoulders. Rotate your right hip towards the floor, turning your feet onto the side. Lift your hips and return to the starting position. If you want to make it more challenging, lift the arm opposite the one you are planking with into the air.
This exercise is extremely effective with adjustable dumbbells. As in the photo, just hold a dumbbell on one side while doing the plank to improve your core and lose that muffin top! Furthermore, adjustable dumbbells are a great addition to increase the effectiveness of any exercise.
They are exactly what they sound like. Lay flat on the ground and extend your arms and legs straight. In a single motion as you exhale, lift your shoulders and legs off the ground and bring your fingertips and toes to meet. Do not curl your spine, but keep your body in a V-shape. Lower yourself back downwards. Do this 20 times by 3 sets.
Be in a table top position and make sure that the back is straight and the hands are under knees, hips and shoulder. Instead of lifting your leg upwards, you cross it behind your leg still in table top form, almost tucking your knee under your planted leg’s knee, tapping your toe on the ground. Then with your core engaged, slowly kick out this leg parallel towards the floor and to the side.
Find a surface that is a little bit above the ground, above half a foot or so. Place your feet on this surface and assemble into a plank position with your forearms on the ground. Tighten your stomach muscles and jump off the elevated surface and onto the floor, legs wide. It looks similar to the motion of a jumping jack, except your arms stay in a forearm plank position. Jump your feet back onto the elevated surface, and repeat. Try to hold the rest of your body still while your feet and legs are working to burn the fat from your muffin top.
Get into a table top position with a neutral spine. Lift your right leg directly towards the ceiling as it maintains its natural bend from being in a table top. Repeat that motion and lower down slowly to create a burning sensation on the side of your rear.
Carry a 2-8bl dumbbell to hold in between your hands. While on your knees, tighten your core area while leaning backwards, hold your weight above your chest in between your hands. Take the weight over to your left side, twisting your midsection, crunching deep into your core muscles. Twist over to the opposite side and count as one. Do it 20 times by 3 sets.
These workout tips and with the proper diet suggested by your nutritionist, will surely help you to get rid of your muffin top in no time, and give you the washboard abs and upper body strength you are striving for. Make sure that when you do these exercises, you do the technique correctly so that optimum burn will be achieved.
Moreover, if you find the exercises becoming easier and you see slower results, consider using resistance bands to continue pushing yourself! The bands are easy to apply to existing exercises and provides a whole range of new workouts to try.
If you are looking to push your limits, check out creatine supplements. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, these will definitely help you reach your goal of improving your entire physique (in addition to removing your muffin top)!
Growing up as a kid who played outside, Samantha enjoys an active lifestyle and emphasizes health as a key component to her life. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with others so that anybody can live a healthy life. On the weekends, you can find her hiking around Southern California!