Muffin-Top. Yikes. We all hate them and I get asked many times how to get rid of them. Remember that no matter how often you do the exercises below, you MUST change your diet! What you eat is the most important thing to getting rid of that muffin-top! Think lean, clean, and green!
** Please note that this post was originally on another site which is no longer around. (I get lots of requests for this, so here it is! 🙂 ) So if you see me reference “Roomag”, that’s why! Any questions about the exercises, just leave them in the comments below!!
1) Side Laying Lift
Lay on your side. Place the bottom arm straight out in front of you and the top arm bent, behind your head. Stack your hips and simultaneously lift your upper body as you lift your upper leg. Exhale at the top, inhale as you go down. I want you to initiate from the hip first, then bring the rest of the body up! Switch sides!
2) Punch Up Punch Out
Place your hands behind your head with elbows wide. Bring your legs up and bend them. “Punch” both legs up as you lift your bottom off the floor with control, then bring them back to starting position. “Punch” them straight out (keep bottom on floor) and then back to starting position. Repeat. Exhale as you lift up and out.
3) Floor Hyperextensions
Lay on the floor on your belly. Place both hands behind your head. Keep the top of your feet on the mat. Lift up with your upper body, then come back down. You want to feel controlled on the way up and the way down. Tighten your belly and bottom as you do this. Exhale up, inhale down.
4) Kneeling Ankle Touches
Knee on the floor, with chest lifted. Place both arms out in front of you. Slightly lean back as you draw one arm back and touch the ankle. Come back up. Do the same thing on the other side. Do not “buckle” in the midsection. If you feel like you arm, make a smaller ranger of motion (also, the modification).
5) Break the board
Stand up. Bring one knee up to your chest as you bring both arms down. Imagine you are “breaking a board”. Exhale as you come down and inhale as you come up. Really tighten the belly and control up and down.