Those of you that have been on this list for any length of time are aware of my utter disdain for the much vaunted stomach “crunch” – as well as gadgets that mimic this action, and their so called effectiveness in either building strength in the abdominal region or lose fat.
Or, in a nutshell, to get that six pack we all want.
If there is ONE exercise I could label as the #1 useless exercise of all time it would be the crunch.
Well, on second thoughts – no – the lat pulldown would probably be #1 – but the crunch would be close behind!
And while there are far, far more effective exercises you can do for your midsection, that isn’t what I’m talking about today.
I’m going to talk about the lower back – a bane – and a source of unending frustration and pain for most people – and yesterday, I took my lower back routine to a new level altogether.
I normally bridge a bit after my hill climbs to stretch everything out, and it feels great. And truth be told, this is all I’d need for my lower back – and yet – yesterday – I went one step further.
I pulled out an “old trick” from the book, and I did an exercise I hadn’t done in a LONG time -an exercise that really blasts those pesky love handles and fat around the lower back and waist.
Ladies, if you’re reading this, listen up – this might be the ONE thing you need to tone up that area as well.
So, what did I do, exactly?
A picture is worth a thousand words, and while I’m not the sort to take smartphones along with me as I exercise, I’ll have someone take a photo for me the next time I do it. For now, words will have to suffice!
Well, without further ado … the first thing I’ll have you picture is this – the yoga posture where you stand on one leg (ramrod straight) and extend the other back as far as you can – ramrod straight again – and HOLD the position.
Some prefer to make the “namaste” sign as they this. Others simply hold their hands out in front of them.
Whichever it is, that is a PALE imitation of what I did.
What I did was a dancer’s version of this stretch. I put my back leg up on a railing and while you might think the support made it easier, you would be dead wrong, my friend.
What I did in this position was keep my upper body straight – lean back – and really SQUEEZE them lower back muscles – and voila!
Man oh man, I could feel muscles ALL over my lower back working – like they hadn’t in AGES – and remember, this is from a guy that bridges regularly!
In fact, I cramped up a coupla times before I could get it right – and once I did, I breathed deeply and HELD the posture for what seemed like forever.
Once I was done, it felt great – and it also felt like someone had hammered and squeezed my lower back with a pair of tongs, hehe.
This is just ONE of the great exercises out there that you can do to reduce fat – not just around the stomach, but the obliques and lower back too – an area which you can’t see – but an area where a lot of fat tends to “hide” if you get my drift.
More on this in Corrugated Core – 2 – – which I’m putting together as we speak, but for now, you ask?
Well, there’s plenty of things you can do for your lower back right NOW, my friend.
A combo of Hindu pushups and bridging would be one – you’ll be stretching your back and spine out in both directions, and you’ll feel GREAT once done.
Or, simply do the “best darn exercise ever“. This one exercise alone is all you need to do for the entire body if you do it right – and if you do – for those that do – you know what I BE talking about, hehe.
Reverse pushups. Table Pushups. The list goes on and on and on, my friend – – and I’m off to do some of ’em myself now.
Back later – as always, thanks for reading – and if you workout today – make it an awesome one!
P.S. – If you haven’t gotten your paws on Corrugated Core as yet, what are you waiting for bro? Do it NOW – https://0excusesfitness.com/corrugated-core/