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There's nothing loveable about love handles. These pounds of often flesh often prevent you from getting the perfect abs. If you are suffering from too much flesh on your obliques, then side dumbbell bends are the perfect exercise for you. Here's how you do it:
Step 1: Stand up straight with your chest out, while holding a dumbbell in your left hand, while you keep your right hand on your waist. Make sure you keep your chest our and your feet at shoulder width. This will be your starting position.
Step 2: Keeping your chest out and back straight, bend down at your waist to the right while keeping your upper body stationary. Hold the bent position for a moment and then come back to the starting position.
Step 3: Now bend to the right instead of the left following the same movement. Follow the same routine.
Step 4: Do at least 20 reps and then switch hands and do the same with the right hand.
Tips: A lot of trainers recommend doing this exercise with a dumbbell in each arm but this can be counterproductive because the other dumbbell works as a counterweight and lowers the efficiency of the bend. Others argue that using two dumbbells is good, since it allows you to maintain better form while doing this exercise. It depends really on which version you're more comfortable with. Also, don't use extremely heavy weights because this could hurt your spine.
Also try these other abs exercises:
You could also try out these exercises for specific body parts:
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