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Sound scientific evidence indicates that, according to the aerodynamic structure of a bumble bee, it shouldn't be able to fly. Apparently bumble bees are unaware of this research. We
can learn a lesson from these analogies. Far too often in sport, in bodybuilding, and in many aspects of life itself, we accept defeat before the battle is even fought. Cold hard data
may suggest something is scientifically impossible and that we would be foolhardy to attempt it, but maybe we shouldn't be so quick to accept beliefs which, despite specious evidence,
may not be entirely accurate. One such belief is the theory of spot reduction.
For the last several years scientists have dismissed as myth the idea that one can lower fat deposits at targeted points in the body. Their findings have indicated bodyfat is lowered proportionately throughout the body; therefore, attempting to lose excess fat on the waist, which is where it's most likely to accumulate, is a waste of time. Tests and research studies - supposedly irrefutable scientific proof- have concurred. Like Hasim Rahman and the irrepressible bumble bee, however, some of the bodybuilders from 30 years ago weren't aware of these facts. They believed they could do it. Pretty dumb, eh? Of course, they didn't have the advantage of all the scientific analysis we now possess. If they had, they could have saved themselves a lot of time. Instead they went about building amazing midsections, many of which rival and surpass those of today's champions! No clenbuterol. No diuretics. No thyroid stimulants. No growth hormone. No liposuction. Just razor-sharp abs and tiny 30-inch waists on a 220-pound frame. When was the last time you saw that spectacle?
These men from yesteryear employed techniques that produced undeniable positive results. One was to simply train the waist in a rapid high-rep method, all the time visualizing the fat melting off. They were convinced that energy used to work a specific muscle or muscle group would draw energy from that very muscle or muscles. They would alternate situps with leg raises, allowing the upper and lower abs to take turns absorbing the stress in an effort to maintain the fat-burning properties of the exercise. The use of sweat belts aided perspiration and the removal of fluid in the immediate area. The heat they generated would "burn" fat. Sure, these techniques aren't supposed to work, but they certainly can't hurt. Building the muscles of the abdominal wall while removing subcutaneous water, all the while burning a whole lot of calories, can only improve the look and clarity of your abs.
I know a few other spot-reduction tricks as well. Actually, calling them tricks undervalues their effectiveness. They're treasured tactics which come from the ancient yogis who thought of the stomach and the residing organs as the vitality center of the body. They constitute a method of mentally cranking up the voltage in your nervous system so that it arcs from axon to axon into every muscle fiber of the abdomen. Those who have used these once-clandestine practices agree they do indeed work. The Tai Chi masters, who have long known the phenomenon of stimulating the vital organs through massage and exercise, believed that once you remove toxins, the internal muscles will dispel fat and work more efficiently.
The following exercises are a combination of esoteric Far Eastern techniques, golden-age bodybuilding secrets and a few novel twists, all of which are believed to tighten the skin, eliminate adipose tissue, and tone the internal organs. The synergy of these powerful techniques is invaluable for building a mighty midsection and a wasp-like waist.