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The muscles at the sides of your waist are called your obliques. These are most typically where the "love handles" form. A question that I often get from people is how to reduce that area.
First, you need to understand that doing 4 million side bends isn't going to reduce that specific area by any measureable effect. I don't know how many people I've come upon in the gym doing side bends with a dumbbell in their hands trying to reduce their "love handles." If this is you, drop this insane notion right now. If your trainer has recommended it, look for a new trainer.
That area of the body will only be thickened up by training it directly with weights, which will in turn lead to a thicker waistline. You need to asses what is oblique muscle and what is fat in the area first. Do you have naturally thick and muscular obliques which are causing the problem or are you just carrying some extra fat in that area? 99.99% of the time, it's just extra fat. Even overly thick obliques look pretty decent when you're lean.
If you actually do have thick, muscular obliques, the first step is to stop doing any direct work for them. Limit your adominal movements to exercises without weights and high repetitions. You should also consider not handling heavy weights in squat, deadlift, or any other exercise where the obliques will be a stabilizer. I know this goes against most weightlifting and bodybuilding principles, but if you have really thick obliques this may be the only way to shrink them down a little. Like I said, this is a very rare case. Don't mistake some chub for obliques and then justify staying away from the heavy basics by saying you have thick obliques.
If you have some extra chub there? Start upping your cardio work, eat a diet geared to fat loss, supplement with some thermogenic products like Thermocuts, Xenadrine, or Hydroxycut. Good luck!
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