Doing lots of situps and crunches daily is not going to help you burn your belly fat. In order to burn fat, you must stick to compound exercises such as squats, pushups, pullups, burpees, and planks. Not only do these exercises activate a large amount of muscle at one time, but also help trigger a powerful hormonal response, releasing both testosterone and growth hormone – both of which are crucial hormones in the fight against bodyfat.
Short circuits of compound bodyweight exercises are what helped me quickly lose fat without a gym membership or expensive equipment. Calisthenics exercises, if done properly, can help you get the same or even better results you would get if you were to workout in a gym. Your body doesn’t know how much weight it’s lifting, it just knows that muscles are being pushed and it’s time for a hormonal shift.
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Fast, burst bodyweight workouts can help you burn more calories over time due to an increase in your metabolic rate. To be frank, what matters is how hard you push yourself. The more intense you train, the greater the benefit.
Let’s talk about the real purpose of this article: visceral fat. Visceral fat, essentially, is the excess fat stored in the abdomen. Visceral fat is stored around internal organs. It’s the most dangerous as it places you at a higher risk for heart disease. It’s also what gives you that “apple” shape. Therefore, if you find yourself looking like an apple…you might just carry visceral fat.
Subcutaneous fat, on the other hand, is located right near the skin’s surface. This is where fat loss occurs first, and is quite easy to lose. Visceral fat is the fat that you really need to worry about. Visceral fat can be reduced through low calorie diets, but your best approach is on the hormonal side: testosterone + growth hormone!
This is where Robby Blanchard’s 6 week shred comes in. 6 weeks of intense bodyweight workouts using compound movements to help you shock your fat into submission. The following is a sample routine from Robby:
10 rounds for time of:
- 10 Burpees
- 10 Pullups
That’s it! Here’s a video of Robby going through the workout:
Notice two things: 1) just how gassed he was by the end of the workout, and 2) just how quick the workout was! (Yes, the camera does fall at the end).
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