This difficult exercise is by far one of the best ways to lose love handles. Since you are recruiting both the lower and upper part of the love handle, it works perfectly to lose it very quickly.
How to do the Side Plank with Leg Lift:
Place your right elbow on the ground. Position your upper body so it is straight and perpendicular to the ground. Place your other hand on your opposite love handle. Then, lift your left leg high into the air. Hold this position for as long as you can. Repeat on the other side.
Muscle group worked:
Love handles (obliques), shoulders
Target Repetitions for Muscle Growth: static hold
Target Repetitions for Muscle Tone/Endurance: static hold
Why the Side Plank with Leg Lift Exercise works:
The reason this is one of the best exercises for losing love handles is because it incorporates both the upper and lower part of the oblique muscles. Most exercise try to concentrate on one section of the love handle. This exercise forces the entire area to hold your whole body up. This way, it recruits more muscle fibers and strengthens the area very effectively.
If you want to recruit even more muscles fibers and work the love handles even more, concentrate on your midsection and focus on tightening up your sides.
Maintain steady breathing throughout the exercise.
Disclaimer: Talk to your primary care physician before beginning any exercise regimen.