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3 “Odd” Stomach Exercises Better Than 22,000 Crunches

According to Men’s Health, it takes 22,000 crunches to burn one lousy pound of belly fat!

Now you probably know crunches don’t do much of anything to belly fat and can lead to neck and back problems.

It’s like mowing the lawn with a pair of scissors.

But did you know that there are 3 exercises that actually work your abs harder and are safer than ANY crunch or sit-up?

Better yet, these 3 exercises I’m about to show you also burn A LOT more calories than ANY type of crunch, while boosting your metabolism. So if you were to simply “swap” your crunching exercises for these 3 on this very page, you’ll burn MORE calories during and after your workout.

It will be an instant upgrade to your program. 😉

And EVEN BETTER, you’ll discover how to simply “plug in” a “hybrid conditioning system” along with the best ab exercises that take just 10 minutes or less and will take your routine to the next level.

Now, this has NOTHING to do with crazy fat loss supplements or some whacky diet plan. Nor will you be convinced to change your entire workout program.

And if you’re new to advanced conditioning like this, that’s OK. I’ll tell you how to modify this radical new approach to your fitness level.

Once you simply “plug in” this method, you’ll be glad you did. It’s even better than 30 minutes of cardio on a treadmill.

That’s pretty bold, I know. But read this…

This ab finisher style hybrid boosted HGH (Human Growth Hormone) by 450% (which you won’t find with steady state cardio).
Stokes, K. Journal of Sports Science. 2002 Jun: 20(6):487-94.
That’s just ONE study.

By the way, growth hormone helps your body burn fat even faster. It’s not what you think when you read it (as in bigger muscles).

So if you’re wanting to learn how to boost your fat-burning hormones by 450% while at the same time getting a leaner, flatter stomach using unique ab exercises combined with intense intervals, then read on. After all…

What You’re Doing Right Now Could Be Destroying Your Back and Increasing Your Appetite

That’s right – if you are doing “steady state cardio”, then you’re more than likely increasing your appetite.

A 2008 study in the International Journal of Obesity found that those who participate in long bouts of cardio averaged eating an additional 100 calories MORE than what they just burned off! Sonnevill, K.R. et al. (2008) International Journal of Obesity. 32, S19-S27

And if you’re doing any kind of crunches or sit-ups, read this…

Repeatedly bending over during crunch sessions slowly breaks down spinal disks, creating a disk bulge or herniation, which can cause back pain, weakness and tingling.

“There are only so many bends or a ‘fatigue life,’ in your spinal disks,” Stuart M. McGill, a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, told Newsweek. “When people are doing curl up over gym balls and sit-ups, and this kind of thing, they are replicating a very potent injury mechanism on their back,” says McGill. “Every time they bend it they are one repetition closer to damaging the disk.”

Don’t worry – we’ll fix both of these problems together in this article.

By the way, you’ll be surprised at these “out of the box” core exercises that also work other muscles, forcing your body to burn more calories afterwards.

#1 Plank to Triceps Extension

One move that will force all stabilizer muscles inside your abdominal wall to work harder, while getting your triceps to firm up, the Plank to Triceps Extension, is a great go-to exercise. If you’re new to this one, I recommend aiming for 5-8 reps. I typically prescribe 15 reps at the most with on this one because anymore after that, your form gets sloppy. I also like to use a very short rep scheme on this exercise using the density method (which you’ll discover below).

Here’s how to do it:

> Raise your body in a straight line and rest your bodyweight on your elbows and toes so that your body hovers over the ground.
> Keep your back straight and your hips up. Hold (brace) your abs tight. Contract them as if someone was about to punch you in the stomach, but breathe normally.
> Now contract your triceps and press your palms into the ground and push your body up to the pushup position – taking 2 seconds to do it.
> Slowly return to the start position.

#2 High Rep Dumbbell Rows

You wouldn’t think that a back exercise would work your core, but here’s the trick to this exercise… you’ll want to aim for a rep range of 15-25 and use a challenging enough resistance that you have to really dig deep starting at around rep 12 – 20 (depending on your goal reps).

Your obliques will work harder than ever because your biceps and back will be fatigued.

Your abs have to “step up” to continue, and this what forces more work from your abs, making them stronger. This is MUCH better than the side bend exercise you see people do at the gym every day (and without wreaking havoc on their spine).

Here’s how to do it:

> Rest the right hand on a flat bench or platform, lean over and keep the back flat.
> Hold the dumbbell in the left hand in full extension and slowly row it up to the lower abdomen.
> Keep the low back tensed in a neutral position and the elbow tight to the side.
> Do NOT round your lower back. Repeat as necessary. Then switch sides.

#3 Hand Step-ups

This one will fool you. It looks so easy on paper, but it will challenge your abs (and your mind). If you’re new to this, you can do them kneeling. I recommend starting out with 8-10 reps. If you’re advanced, you can 15 – 20.

Here’s how to do it:

In the pushup position, place your hands on a small step or block.
> Bring your right hand down to the ground while maintaining a straight line with your body (DON’T let your hips sag.)
> Bring the left hand down.
> Then bring the right hand back up to the step followed by bringing the left hand up.

Now when you combine these and dozens of other scientifically proven ab exercises strategically with conditioning exercises such as KB or DB Swings, Short Sprints, Bodyweight Exercises and more, you’ll flatten your stomach, improve your conditioning and coordination and force your body to burn fat for 26+ hours with just 10 minutes or less of exercise.

As long as you use the following formula…

 Just the right amount of targeted stomach training

+ the right amount of high intensity interval training (HIIT)

+ strategic active recovery periods.

If you’re still questioning whether or not these ab exercises strategically combined with intense HIIT work can take your physique and flatten your stomach and are willing to continue with ab exercises that are destroying your back and long cardio sessions that are damaging your metabolism, then this hybrid “Ab Finishers” system you’ll discover on the next page is certainly not for you.

However, if you would like to learn how this unique solution works with YOUR favorite workouts, click on the “Next Page” button below and you’ll discover a simple “plug and play” approach that can be done in 10 minutes or less, without forcing you to “hop” onto a new workout. You can even do this on your off day (which has been proven to help you make better food choices).

You’ll speed up your metabolism without ever having to step on a treadmill ever again, all while flattening your stomach (even that stubborn lower belly) faster than ever before at the same time.

It’s a proven system, used by the best coaches in the world, and the best part again? They take as little as 3 minutes.

In fact, my private and online clients have used this system to give themselves more “wiggle room” in their diet because of their faster metabolism.

Here’s how it works…

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