Often referred to as the cuddly muffin top, fatty mall hangovers or those outstanding love handles, these belly fat areas often seen bulging over the waistband are never a pleasant sight to the aspiring bodybuilder or fitness enthusiast. The average man conscious of his physique will begin a training routine geared towards getting rid of their unwanted body fat and show off those six pack abs. Sadly training focusing solely on traditional crunches, often found targeting the superficial muscle group of the rectus abdomen are not an effective means of burning away this unwanted fat. Rather a training routine which has been observed in targeting the transverse abdomen and side muscles combined with a healthy diet and at least two hundred and fifty minutes of cardiovascular activity on a weekly basis is a perfect example of one of the most effective training workouts to successfully blast those obliques.
Many professionals will attest that there is no specific or miracle workout plan designed to burn fat from any one part of the body. Rather calorie and fat burning is achieved by maintaining a monitored calorie diet coupled with a proper training routine while occasionally introducing cardio activities such as jogging, running, swimming, hiking or riding.
One of the most effective exercises used to blast those unwanted love handles is known as the mountain climbers. In this exercise the person assumes what is commonly known as the plank position with the back perfectly aligned arms extended as though in the pushup position with elbows straight while tightening the abdominal muscles. The right knee is raised towards the chest by contracting the abdominal muscles and then returned to the original starting position completing a single rep. The exercise continues by alternating both legs continuously contracting the abdominal muscles to support the spine during the exercise trimming those muffin tops.
Beginners to the mountain climbers training exercise are recommended to place their hands on an elevated step or box to allow for an easier experience and proper technique. Advanced and more experienced exercisers looking for a more challenging experience with the mountain climbers exercise will often increase the intensity of the exercise by increasing the speed while alternating the movements of the right and left leg.
Professional athletes and trainers have found the mountain climbers exercise an effective means as a form of cardiovascular training to increase the heart rate of the person to maximize the calorie and fat burning ability of the individual training thus promoting overall weight loss and stimulate muscle growth beneath fatty tissue.
Many fitness enthusiasts today have found the side plank exercise to additionally provide the benefit of trimming their obliques. The exercise is typically performed by the person first going into a pushup position then lowering the weight onto the forearms. The individual will then turn to the left side stacking one the left hip and leg over the right leg and hip placing the person in a sideways plank. The person will then maintain this position for a period of thirty seconds before switching to the right side.
Beginners to the sideways plank are often advised to place the knee located at the bottom of the plank position on the floor to create a support for themselves while lifting the hips. More advanced and experienced exercisers however will occasionally lift the leg positioned at the top of the plank to form a scissor position while holding for the thirty second duration.
This exercise has been observed as an effective method of training designed specifically to target the obliques while additional targeting the transverse abdominal muscles to create a better posture in the person by giving the appearance of a slimmer built frame deprived of those unwanted muffin tops.