Why sit-ups are a waste of time!

I get asked at Bootcamps and PT sessions why we don’t do sit-ups!

These are thought of, by most, as THE exercise for a flat stomach! Wrong – magazines and alike will always talk about crunches and situps, but really, they are a waste of time, and could be more damaging than you think.

1) A flat stomach is made in the kitchen – you can crunch/exercise all day long, but if you’re not eating, clean, whole, natural foods, you won’t get anywhere near a flat stomach.

2) Your abdominals basically flex you at the waist/trunk, making you bend forward. As everyone has been told, you should bend at the knees, not at the lower back, especially when lifting a weight – therefore this automatically makes the sit-up redundant!!

3) How many calories do you burn doing 10, 20, 100 situps?!! Probably about 10!! Exercise should be all about burning calories, and using as many muscles for a movement/exercise as possible. THIS will burn calories, will increase your metabolism, will get your body moving as a unit, as it is designed to. THIS will help towards a flat stomach, thinner legs and arms etc!

4) How many people do you know that say “It’s hurts my back or neck when I do situps?” Again, people do it wrong, or it shows that the exercise isn’t working what it should!

5) How about those people that say I can do, or I do 100 situps a day! Well, obviously the exercise is too easy! Intensity is what exercise should be about – making something challenging – this is what gives the body a reason to change! You can’t do 100 chinups, or jump lunges or pressups or deadlifts etc etc – these exercises work the body and show that intensity works!!

6) Stick to core stability exercises like planks, side planks, supermans, rotation work like twists, and cable work, side flexion work. Get your body moving as it would do daily – not just in a forward and backward movement that you WILL not use in your daily life.

Exercise should be all about strengthening your body, and making your daily activities easier and more manageable – don’t waste your time with small, non-functional exercises.

Workout hard, workout smart, eat sensibly and your body WILL change for the better!

Want to ditch some fat and shape up?!

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Here’s your chance! I’m running a free to enter fat loss challenge for both men and women! Don’t worry, there are no winners and losers, it’s a challenge against yourself.

It’s against yourself to test your motivation, to test your focus, your willingness to succeed!

The Challenge will last 4 weeks. I will supply you with my MRPT Nutrition plan that I give to my PT clients, and I’ll supply some free bodyweight workouts for you to do at home or the gym.  This combination will get you leaner, and get your dropping fat.

To enter you just need to signup to my Fat Loss and Fitness Forum by clicking here, and enter your details on the Challenge box on the left.

The forum will have a section for everyone to support, comment and log their daily activities over the 4 weeks, and to let us know how you do results wise at the end of the 4 weeks. I have had PT clients lose up to a stone in 4 weeks, dropping dress or trouser sizes, increasing their energy levels, and flattening their stomachs – do you fancy this?!

The plan will be challenging, you’ll be eliminating certain foods that cause bloat and toxins, foods that you likely consume in large amounts every day, but strict adherence and a “can do” attitude is all that is needed to get the results!

What do I get out of it? Well just the fact that I’ve helped more people to get focussed and get some great results – and hopefully a few of you may write a small testimonial at the end?! Not a lot for what you will get!! 🙂

So, are you up for a change, and up for the challenge?! I’ll see you at the forum!

Mark

1 BIG Fat Loss Tip for a flat stomach

I’ve been reading posts on other forums recently, where people are trying “slimming” pills, “appetite suppressant” pills, cutting out fat from their diet, even dropping below 1200kcals a day. All of these are damaging to your body and health – all in search of quick fix. Surely it’s better to do something sustainable? Well here is 1 BIG tip that will allow you to drop fat, and flatten your stomach!


WHEAT
! Yep, don’t add it to your diet, REMOVE it!

Wheat is a cheap bulking agent that is used in many food products nowadays, meaning that we consume far too much of it, knowingly, or unknowingly.


A typical day could be;

Wheat based cereal for breakfast

Sandwich for lunch

Pasta for evening meal.

That’s a lot of wheat.

Wheat is listed in the top 8 food allergens along with peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, fish and soy.

Most people eat wheat so often their bodies adapt and cope, and so they experience mild forms of the symptoms (known as wheat intolerance) without ever really being aware of where the problem lies. These symptoms can be anything from diarrhoea, lethargy, bloating to skin rashes and mood swings.

Withdrawing wheat from the diet and therefore ridding the body of wheat can lead to immense improvements in health and wellbeing, along with a drop in excess water, toxins and bodyfat.


Alternatives would be Oats, or eggs and rye bread for breakfast, a lean protein and salad lunch, or sweet jacket potato, and a great alternative to wheat past is SPELT, which is so much lighter and easier to digest than wheat, you’ll wonder why you didn’t change before!


Go on, break your routine and give it a try. I guarantee after 4 weeks you’ll be thanking me, and loving your new flatter stomach and increased energy levels!