One of the biggest misconceptions about stretching
is that it is ‘only’ for flexibility. If you’re doing it
improperly, or in a lame way – well then, yeah, stretching
is only for flexibility.
But if you’re mixing stretching with deep breathing, mental
focus and some special flexing exercises – then stretching
takes on a whole new reality. When applied in a whole new
way, stretching will simultaneously increase flexibility and
strength. It will also tighten the loose spots as well as
The Farmer Burns Stomach Flattener and Vacuum, as taught
in Combat Abs – http://www.mattfurey.com/combat_abs.html
hit the mark as well – mostly because the way you inhale
deeply – your torso naturally elongates. As it lengthens you
focus, then apply the flexing.
In addition to these exercises, don’t forget the bridge, in all its
forms and guises – esp. the bridging gymnastics and muscle
relaxation exercises I teach in Combat Stretching – available at
Bridging, whether it is a wrestler’s bridge, a gymnastic bridge
or wall walking, stretches and strengthens the body’s core –
and quickly tightens flabby spots on your body.
After a good three-minute bridge I often lie on my back in a
state of deep reverie for a few minutes. Without being too airy-fairy,
let me just say that afterward I am completely and totally blissed out
with a ‘no worries mate’ (as they say down under) feeling coarsing through
Before I came out with Combat Abs I recall some customers telling me
that they didn’t need anymore exercises for the abs because they were
satisfied with the bridge and what it had done for them. At my urging
they suspended this thought for awhile – at least until they’d tried the
Magnificent Seven in Combat Abs. After a few weeks each and every
person who was ‘satisfied’ was happy that I pressed them to add a
bit more of something else.
I think you’ll be pleased as well when you add my training systems to
your current regime.
Kick butt – take names,
Matthew “Matt” Furey
Zen Master of the Internet