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Bowflex Ultimate 2 Love Handle Exercises

author image Martin Booe
Martin Booe writes about health, wellness and the blues. His byline has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Bon Appetit. He lives in Los Angeles.
Bowflex Ultimate 2 Love Handle Exercises
You can't lose love handles without losing weight. Photo Credit: themorningglory/iStock/Getty Images

Want to shed those universally unloved love handles? The Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym is certainly a good thing to have in your wheel house. Made by Nautilus, the Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym is a versatile workout machine that accommodates many exercises to help you train the muscles of your middle.

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Your love handles come from extra fat, which can't be tackled with the Bowflex Ultimate 2 alone. Weight loss is really the only way to get rid of those unsightly deposits of fat around the midsection. "Spot reduction” is a myth, with or without exercises. Increasing your level of physical activity with this home gym does help you replace fat with muscle, and the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn.

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Lying beneath your love handles are muscles called the obliques. While you’re attacking excess weight through diet and cardiovascular exercise, use your Bowflex Ultimate 2 to start toning and defining those muscles, which are to either side of the frontal sheath of muscle.

Here are some exercises from the Bowflex Ultimate 2 Fitness guide to work those obliques.

Trunk Rotation

Beneath the layer of fat lie the oblique muscles.
Beneath the layer of fat lie the oblique muscles. Photo Credit: as3d/iStock/Getty Images

Perform the Exercise: Start by lifting your chest, pulling your shoulders together, tightening your abs and putting a slight arch in your lower back.

Seated sideways on the bench with one side perpendicular to the Power Rod units, use both hands to grasp the hand grip nearest to you. Lift both arms until they're even with your shoulders and your hands hover over the leg nearest to the Power Rod Units. Bend your elbows slightly.

Squeeze your abdominal muscles and gradually rotate your arm and rib cage away from the Power Rod units for a 30- to 40- degree twist. Imagine that you're twisting with a rod going down the center of your spine. Gradually reverse the movement and return to the original position while maintaining the muscle tension.

Reverse Crunch

Perform the Exercise: Lie supine on the bench, with your head toward the Power Rod units. Hold onto the bench for stability. Assume a horizontal "chair" position by flexing your hips and knees so that that your legs are bent at at 90 degree angles. Tighten your stomach muscles and then gradually draw your hips inward as far as you can without swinging the legs for momentum. Avoid the temptation to lift your shoulder blades as you would in a normal crunch. Now reverse the motion, returning to the beginning position while maintaining muscle tension.

Resisted Crunch

Perform the Exercise: Facing the Power Rod units, place your ankles in the ankle cuffs. Lie on your back on the bench with your feet toward the Power Rod units. Bending your knees and hips at 90-degree angles, stretch your arms behind your head and hold onto the seat. Relax your neck.

Tighten your stomach muscles and gradually draw your hips in toward your torso. Draw your knees in toward your rib cage as far as possible without raising your shoulder blades. Release using control, returning to the beginning position without releasing the muscle tension in your abs.

Read More: How to Get Rid of Love Handles Fast & Easy

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