When I owned a health Club … each time a customer came in … we’d ask them what part of their body they wanted to change most. Almost without exception both men and women would say …
“My midsection is the one area that really bugs me. If you can help me with my stomach, I can almost put up with the rest of my body.”
If you feel the same way but haven’t had much success with sit ups and leg raises, let me share a totally new concept in hardening and flattening the midsection called the “Ring Of Fire.”
It burns fat off all around your waist. If you’re anything like I was, when it came to midsection, you definitely don’t look forward to it. But that’s all changed for me and it will for you too.
When we first stumbled on this Ring Of Fire concept a martial artist suggested the Tai Chi masters have long known about this phenomenon and they contend the reason you feel a “special energy lift” when working the midsection is because you are squeezing the liver, kidneys, spleen and other vital organs. You’re massaging and forcing the toxins out of them. It’s like emptying a vacuum cleaner. Once it gets full it doesn’t work as well and it spreads dust all over the house.
What Makes The Ring Of Fire Work So Well
Have you ever noticed how the debris on a mountain stream collects in the eddies rather than the rapids. I think we collect extra calories in the eddies of our bodies rather than where the muscles are doing all the work.
How to Change Our Waist So It Won’t Store Fat
First we have to look at the nature of the storage. When extra calories first get sent to storage, I believe they settle under the skin, then gradually invade the muscle fibers. Much like the marbling in a good steak.
The Ring Of Fire reverses the whole process. After we get rid of the marbling we then can work on the rolls of fat.
Here’s How The Process Works
We first get rid of the fat that’s taken residence in the muscle fibers by depriving our body of refined carbohydrates (more on this another time). The muscles have no choice but to look for body fat for food. Then we use the Ring Of Fire which converts the midsection from eddies to rapids.
Once you feel the muscle starting to get hard down under the fat you know the magic has begun. Now we just stick at it and watch the fat disappear.
Now Let’s talk about the Ring of Fire Itself
You have 9 muscle groups around the midsection. We are going to turn all 9 into fat eating machines. Just so you’ll know what I’m talking about, pick an area on your body. Any area of your midsection, for instance, and … flex it for all your worth. Is it still pretty soft?
You can see why you’re carrying flab in that very area. You first must send enough electrical stimulus to the muscle to make it hard to begin the process of getting rid of the fat riding on top of these muscles.
Lets try again. This time … flex like you’ve never flexed before. Squeeze those muscles to life. Mentally crank up the voltage in your nervous system so it arcs from axon to axon into every single muscle fiber you’ve got.
It’s no longer just … you … pumping and pushing weights. It’s a combined effort between you, your nervous system and your muscle fibers.
Once you build a nervous system with enough voltage to trigger this degree of flexing you’ll change your whole midsection. Front sides and back.
You … Can … Spot Reduce
I know … they tell us there’s no such thing as spot reducing but … believe me when you learn to flex your lower abdominals, sides, love handles, lower back as hard as a rock. They’ll need energy and … where do you think these muscles will look first.
You got it …
If carbohydrates aren’t on the menu, they have no choice but to begin eating all that fat smothering them day and night. This is the best way to get rid of fat because it works 24 hours a day … even when you’re sleeping … constantly eating fat.
Listen carefully …
It’s a matter of focusing enough mental energy through the nervous system to get these muscles to respond.
When you concentrate on flexing the muscle and continue sending this mental energy to the muscle, the repeated volleys of nervous impulses begin to increase in voltage potential.
In other words when you “crank up the voltage” to one particular muscle group and keep focusing (sending flex signals) … gradually that muscle will flex to it’s maximum.
You’ll get better and better and while you’re doing it you’ll be burning more and more fat. Because now you’re getting more muscle fibers to come to life. One day you’ll achieve a Total Synapse as the muscle flexes so hard it almost goes into a cramp.
When that happens you’ve arrived at the point where it becomes relatively easy to maintain a lean hard, midsection in just a few minutes a day.
The Secret To Flexing All 9 Muscle Groups Around The Midsection
You’ll be doing these exercises standing up just leaning against a wall. There are certain tricks that make it easier. Even the correct placing of the feet helps.
I’ve found if you place most of your weight on the leg opposite of the muscle you’re flexing you’ll have better luck. For example if you’re trying to flex your right side just over the ribs (intercostals), place most of your weight on your left leg. Or if you’re trying to flex the left intercostals, place most of the weight on your right leg.
Your goal is to get the origin of the muscle and the insertion of the muscle as close together as possible. This is best done by lifting the hip as high as possible first before bending down over it.
I can only do so much with the written word but I’ll do my best. It helps if you see the exercises in action.
Here’s The 9 Step Ring Of Fire
Lower Abs …
Lean against the wall with hands about about shoulder height. Both feet flat on the ground about a foot apart. Using the lower abdominals, pull the pelvis up, take a little breath, then lift it higher, take another little breath, continue lifting and panting until you feel the muscle going into a cramp. Stop, stretch out to get rid of the lactic acid and move on to the next muscle.
Upper Rectus Abdominals …
Lean against a wall. Your head is facing forward, chin down. Feet still about 1 foot apart equally balanced on the floor. Crunch down over your abdominals, crunch down, take a little breath, crunch down again, take a little breath. Continue until you feel the muscle going into cramp.Stop, stretch out to get rid of the lactic acid and move on to the next muscle.
Right Side Just over the Ribs (Intercostals) …
Lean against a wall with your left hand about shoulder height, hold the right arm bent at a 45 degree angle and in close to the trunk. Raise up on the ball of your right foot. Turn your head to the right so it’s right over the intercostals. Lift your right hip as high as possible and crunch down over it using a flex and pant method until the muscle cramps. Stretch out to get rid of the lactic acid and move on to the next muscle.
Just Over the Right Hip (Oblique)…
Keep both arms in the same position as above. Staying up on the ball of your right foot, shift your attention to the right oblique. Again lift the right hip, turn your head to the side right over the hip, crunch down over it using the same flex and pant method until the oblique goes into cramp. Then, stretch out to get rid of the lactic acid and move on to the next muscle.
Right Love Handle Muscle (Quadratus) …
Keep both arms in the same position as above. Shift your right leg about 1 foot back staying up on the ball of the foot. Turn your head and look over your right shoulder. Try to lift your right hip up into your back just like you did with your right intercostal only this time you are lifting the back of the hip. Crunch down over it using the same flex and pant method until you feel it cramping. Then stop, stretch out to get rid of the lactic acid and move on to the next muscle.
Left Love Handle Muscle (Quadratus) …
Change your arm positions so the right hand is against the wall about shoulder height and the left arm bent at a 45 degree angle and in close to the trunk. Move your right leg forward again and shift the left leg back about a foot, don’t forget to raise up on the ball of the left foot. Turn your head and look over your left shoulder. Try to lift your left hip up into your back just like you did with your right hip. Crunch down over it using the same flex and pant method until it starts to cramp. Then, stop, stretch out to get rid of the lactic acid and move on to the next muscle.
Just Over the Left Hip … Left Oblique …
Use the same arm position as above but move both legs forward but stay up on the ball of your left foot, shift your attention to the left oblique. Lift the left hip, turn your head to the side right over the hip, crunch down over it using the same flex and pant method until the muscle starts to cramp. Then stop, stretch out to get rid of the lactic acid and move on to the next muscle.
Left Side Just over the Ribs (Intercostals) …
Turn your head so it’s right over the intercostals. Lift your left hip as high as possible and crunch down over it using the same 20 sec flex and pant method. Stretch out to get rid of the lactic acid and move on to the next muscle.
Upper Rectus Abdominals …
Your head is facing forward, chin down. Feet still about 1 foot apart equally balanced on the floor. Crunch down over your abdominals, again taking little short breaths until you feel the muscle starting to cramp. Then, stretch out to get rid of the lactic acid and move on to the next muscle.
Lower Abs …
Lift the pelvis as high as possible. Both feet flat on the ground. Using the lower abdominals, pull the pelvis up take a little breath, then lift it higher, take another little breath, continue lifting and panting until you feel the muscle cramp. Stretch out to get rid of the lactic acid.
Note: It’s more difficult to get the knack on the lower abs. However as you get better at it, you’ll be able to get your cramp in just a few seconds. In fact you’ll get to where you can slowly rotate the tension all around your midsection from front to side to back to side and back to the front again. Just like a Ring of Fire all around your midsection.
I wish I had the words to express how effective this is … as well as … how fantastic it makes you feel.
Once you learn to control these muscles. You can run through a ring of fire first thing in the morning while in the shower or even while you’re driving to work. It’s the greatest abdominal breakthrough I’ve even seen.