Target that middle jiggle

March 12, 2008 4:46:31 PM PDT
Whether you call it muffin top, spare tire, or love handle, many women say their middle is a tough area to tone. But 24 Hour Fitness personal trainer Samantha Hess has some key moves to help you get rid of the middle jiggle.

Five Moves to Tone Your Middle Jiggle

  1. Woodchop with medicine ball (~ 6lbs.)
    Start with feet hip width apart, and medicine ball out in front. Squatting down, reach ball to outside of right foot. Stand and twist ball to above left shoulder. Do 12 reps and switch sides.
    Targets: Obliques, lower abs

  2. Rotations with a band
    With a partner or wrapping band around a pole, hold with 2 hands and twist to side. Return and switch sides.
    Targets: Obliques

  3. Lunge with rotation
    Step forward into a lunge, medicine ball out in front of chest. When at the bottom of the lunge rotate ball over knee that is forward. Return to start and step forward with opposite leg.
    Targets: Obliques, glutes, quads

  4. Standing oblique crunch
    Bring knee up and out to side, touch elbow to knee. Do 15 on one side and then switch.
    Targets: Obliques
    Low and high impact

  5. Ball crunch
    Using a workout ball. Sit with ball supporting upper back, hands straight up. Reach for ceiling up and down for 20 reps.
    Targets: lower and upper abs

About Samantha Hess, Master Trainer, 24 Hour Fitness
Samantha Hess has been a personal trainer with 24 Hour Fitness since 2003. She received her B.S. in Kinesiology and has N.C.S.F., N.A.S.M. training certifications and an A.F.A.A. certification in group aerobics. Samantha's physical activities outside of training include softball, basketball and volleyball. She also runs three times a week, lifts weights four times a week and does cardio two days a week for 90 minutes. She trains her clients out of the Sunnyvale, California 24 Hour Fitness club. To find a personal trainer and 24 Hour Fitness club near you, log on to or call 1-800-224-0240.