Best Ab Workouts: Get Rid Of Side Fat

Best Ab Workouts: Get Rid Of Side Fat

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Side fat getting in the way of your hourglass figure? Looking for the best side fat workout that can slim your waist once and for all? Well look no further!

In this second post of my “Best Ab Workouts” series, I will share some of my favorite exercises that target stubborn side fat. As with my first post of awesome exercises to tighten the lower belly, this workout for side fat is designed with simple, controlled movements in the right sequence to produce great results.

To get rid of side fat, you’ll need exercises that target the obliques. Comprised of the internal and external oblique muscles, this muscle group is responsible for controlling twisting and side-bending movements. So you’ll find these motions incorporated throughout my side fat-blasting workout!

Also, keep in mind that while this side fat workout is designed to tone and tighten, you cannot “spot treat” fat stores in the body.  The best way to get rid of side fat is to also include workouts that boost your metabolism to more effectively burn fat stores throughout your body, like this at home HIIT workout .


WHAT YOU’LL NEED: You won’t need equipment for any of my workouts. Just make sure you have a clear space and a firm (and padded) surface to get started.

EXERCISE SEQUENCE

Ab warm-up followed by:

1. Seated Twist x 20 each side   ⇒   2. Table Top Rock x 15 each side   ⇒   3. Single Leg Twist x 10 each side   ⇒   4. Around The World x 10 each direction   

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Ab warm-up

Although not part of the side fat workout, we will use the Tummy Tuck exercise to warm up your abs. If you are not familiar with this exercise from my lower belly exercise post, please review it below before getting started.

Although the Tummy Tuck seems quite simple, this position will be the key to ensuring both your superficial and deep abdominal muscles stay engaged throughout the workout. So take your time to perfect it before moving on.

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Starting position: While sitting on the floor, lean back onto your elbows and place forearms flat on the ground so that your hands rest close to your waist. Bend your knees to about 90 degrees and position knees hip-distance apart. Raise up on your toes until the tips are lightly touching the floor. Your heels should be raised off the ground.

Motion: Starting from your belly button, pull in your abdomen to slowly rotate your hips upwards in a “tucking” motion. When your hips can’t move anymore, squeeze and hold for 1 second before gently releasing back to the starting position.

Repeat 25 times

1. Seated Twist

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Starting position: Sitting on the ground with knees bent about 90 degrees, place hands on top of knees. Raise up on your toes until the tips are lightly touching the floor. Your heels should be raised off the ground. Perform the “tummy tuck” motion to suck your belly button in. Then, slowly lower your torso back until you feel your abs engage. Hands should still be resting lightly on top of your knees but you should not be holding your knees.

Motion: Maintaining the “tummy tuck” position, slowly twist your torso while reaching your arm to the side. Your arm should follow a diagonal path until fingers are hovering just above the ground. Continue to hold the “tummy tuck” position as you return your arm back to starting position.

Perform 20 repetitions on one side. Then switch to the other side and perform 20 repetitions, for a total of 40.

IMPORTANT: hold the “tummy tuck” position throughout the entire arm motion.

2. Table Top Rock

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Starting position: While sitting on the floor, lean back onto your elbows and place forearms flat on the ground so that your hands rest close to your waist. Keeping your knees together, bend them to about 90 degrees. Perform a “tummy tuck” and slowly raise bent knees until your shins are parallel with the ceiling.

Motion: Maintaining the “tummy tuck” position and keeping knees and shins together, slowly rotate your legs as an entire unit to one direction. Only go as far as you can while maintaining full control, and then rock to the other side.

Perform a total of 30 repetitions (15 on each side).

IMPORTANT: hold the “tummy tuck” position throughout the entire rocking motion.

3. Single Leg Twist

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Starting position: While sitting on the floor, lean back onto your elbows and place forearms flat on the ground so that your hands rest close to your waist. Keeping your knees together, bend them to about 90 degrees. Perform a “tummy tuck” and slowly raise bent knees until your shins are parallel with the ceiling. Next, shift your weight slightly onto one forearm (but don’t overdo it) and slowly bring the opposite hand behind your head.

Motion: Maintaining the “tummy tuck” position, slowly extend the opposite leg straight, and then slowly bring it back to the starting position. When you return your leg to the starting position, twist your torso so that your opposite elbow taps your knee.

Perform 10 repetitions on one side. Then switch to the other side and perform 10 repetitions, for a total of 20.

4. Around The World

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Starting position: While sitting on the floor, lean back onto your elbows and place forearms flat on the ground so that your hands rest close to your waist. Keeping your knees together, bend them to about 90 degrees. Perform a “tummy tuck” and slowly raise bent knees until your shins are parallel with the ceiling. Spread knees just wider than shoulder width, but keep toes together.

Motion: Squeezing your abs to hold the “tummy tuck” position, and keeping the angle at your knees the same, slowly draw a circle with your toes.

Perform 10 circles in one direction followed by 10 circles the other direction, for a total of 20. 

IMPORTANT: keep your abs engaged by maintaining the “tummy tuck” position throughout the entire circular motion. Also, make sure your thighs do not come too close to your chest while performing the exercise. Look very closely at the angle between my torso and thighs to get an idea of what it should look like.


Customize the total number of rounds of the exercise sequence based on your current activity level:

  • Beginner: Aim to perform the exercise sequence 3 times, resting for 1-2 minutes between each round.
  • Intermediate: Aim to perform the exercise sequence 4 times, resting for 30 seconds between each round.
  • Advanced: Aim to perform the exercise sequence 5 times without resting between rounds.

TOTAL TIME TO COMPLETE: 10-12 minutes

For best results, aim to perform this side fat workout 3-5 times per week. And if you’re having one of “those days” (or weeks), and feel like it’s impossible to complete the full workout, only aim for a round or two. You can always get back on track once things settle down.

Depending on how consistent you are with this workout for side fat, expect to start to see some changes within 1-3 weeks. In the meantime, try a few of these easy ways to look slimmer (without exercise)!

Lastly, it’s important to keep in mind that even the best side fat exercises won’t produce results if you’re not eating the right way. For some great tips on how to burn belly fat, check out this post.  Make sure you talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program or changing your eating patterns.

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  1. Wow! Great job! I showed my wife and she was really impressed with the detail! Keep it up!

    1. Thank you! It’s a very effective workout, especially when done with control!

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