Farmer Burns’ Stomach Flattener

  • Stand straight, feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Relax shoulders, let arms hang loose.
  • Inhale through nose, filling your lungs and holding stomach in.
  • When lungs are full, close mouth and throat and try to breathe out but resist so that no air escapes. You should feel your stomach muscles tighten. Clench your fists.
  • Hold breath for 5 seconds. Exhale and inhale completely. Repeat about 30 times.

Exercised: stomach, chest, arms, throat

The Vacuum

  • Begin from bent over position, hands on knees
  • Exhale, then inhale as you rise, and lift diaphragm and pull in stomach
  • Hold for 6 seconds, then exhale. Repeat at least 10 times.

Exercised: waistline, digestive system


This exercise consists of turning your upper body around by the waist to the left and right. Repeat this exercise 50-100 times.

Exercised: waist, vertebrae, back

Back arch

  • Place hands on hip, in standing position.
  • Inhale deeply, and lean back as far as possible.
  • Exhale deeply as you bow forward, and squeeze your stomach muscles.
  • Repeat 10-20 times.

Exercised: lower back, abs


  • Stand straight, fingers locking each other and palms facing ceiling.
  • Inhale and stretch to the right, squeezing all your muscles. Hold for six seconds.
  • Do the same the other side.
  • Repeat 5-6 times.

Exercised: ribcage, upper back, shoulders, lats, obligques

Rotating trunk

  • Stand straight, feet shoulder-width apart and hands on hips.
  • Breathe in deep and bend over.
  • Rotate your trunk clockwise, trying to keep your body bent, until you reach starting point, upon which you exhale and re-inhale.
  • Repeat 10 times, then do anti-clockwise 10 times.

Exercised: entire midsection, inc. back and waist


  • Lie down in supine position.
  • Slowly raise upper body and legs using only stomach muscles (do not put weight on arms or head) and try to touch your toes with your hands. You can hold for 30-60 seconds.
  • Lower your upper and legs back down, but do not let legs touch ground.
  • Raise up again. Repeat as many times as possible.

Exercised: upper and lower abs

Legs overhead

  • Lie down in supine position.
  • Raise your legs up and touch your toes on the floor near your head.
  • Repeat as many times as possible.

Exercised: abs, lower back, hip flexors, spine, shoulders, upper back


  • Stand three steps away from a wall.
  • Lean backwards until your hands touch the wall.
  • Slowly move your hands down the wall (you will have to keep bending your back) until your head touches the floor.
  • Move your hands back up the wall.
  • Repeat 5-10 times.

Exercised: all muscles along the spine

Lying leg scissors

  • Lie in supine position and lift both legs six inches off the floor.
  • Open your legs wide, then cross them at the knees/ankles.
  • Repeat 25-100times. Try also moving legs up/down or forward/backward.

Exercised: upper and lower abs, hip flexors, inner and outer thighs

Sit-ups with knee pull-in

  • Lie in supine position.
  • Pull knees in toward your stomach as you sit up, and touch your chest to your thighs.
  • Return to start. Repeat as many times as possible.

Exercised: upper and lower abs, lower back, hip flexors

Bridge of chairs

  • Place your head on one chair, and your feet on another.
  • Hold for at least one minute, with your body kept straight.

Exercised: abs, back, neck

Hanging leg-raise

  • Hold on to a chin-up bar or rings.
  • Lift your knees as high as possible and round your back.
  • Lower knees. Repeat as many times as possible.

Exercised: abs, grip

Hindu squats

  • Stand up straight, feet shoulder width apart.
  • Bend legs at knees until your rear touches your calves.
  • Try to come back up as fast as possible.
  • Repeat 25-500 times. Try also jumping.

Exercised: thighs, calves, lower back, chest, lungs

Hindu press-ups

  • Start with hands (near your chest) and feet (no knees) on the floor, all shoulder- width apart, buttocks up.
  • Bend your elbows and lower your body in a circular motion.
  • As you force your elbows to become straight again, your chest goes up and your buttocks down.
  • Move shoulders back and lift buttocks, back to starting position. Repeat as many times as possible, at least 25 times.

Exercised: upper body, spine, hips, shoulders


Try to go back and forth 10-20 times. Exercised: neck, spine, abs, legs, hips, buttocks, back, shoulders

Wall Chair

  • Lean back againsta wall, and sit like as if in a chair, body bent at hips at a right-angle, with arms folded.
  • Hold for as long as possible.

Exercised: legs

Front bridge

  • Rest the top of your head on a mat, hands behind back, knees off the floor and buttocks in the air.
  • Hold for about three minutes.

Exercised: abs, neck

Mountain jumps

  • Get into push-upposition, then jump and pull legs in, then jump back into starting position.
  • Exhale forward, inhale backward. Repeat until fatigued.

Exercised: abs, legs, lungs

Gymnastic Bridge

Hold for as long as possible.

Exercised: abs, arms, back, shoulders, legs, hips, buttocks

Table Maker

Repeat 10-20 times.

Exercised: upper and lower back, triceps, shoulders, hips, buttocks

Fingertip press-ups

Do as many as possible.

Exercised: fingers, hands, chest, shoulders, arms

No momentum sit-ups

Repeat as many times as possible

Exercised: abs, lower back, hip-flexors

Kneeling back-bend

  • Kneel down, palms behind thighs.
  • Let head fall backwards and go as far back as possible.
  • Return to starting position. Repeat 10-25 times.

Exercised: back, thighs, hip flexors, buttocks, abs

Handstand press-ups

  • Lean upside down against a wall, hands shoulder- width apart, arms straight, head down..
  • Lower yourself until head touches floor.
  • Raise yourself back up. Repeat at least 10 times.

Exercised: chest, shoulders, triceps, lats, abs, back

Jumping lunges

  • Jump forward and lunge downward with left leg.
  • Jump back to startingposition.
  • Continually switchlegs and repeatas long as possible, inhaling down, exhaling up.

Exercised: legs, lungs

Arms-extended press-ups

Do it like normal press-ups, except with arms extended in front of you.

Exercised: arms, chest, shoulders, abs, upper and lower back

One-legged squats

  • Have arms extended in front of you, while standing with one leg straight off the ground.
  • Slowly lower buttocks, then lift back up.
  • Repeat as many times as possible, then repeat with the other leg.

Exercised: legs

One-armed press-ups

  • Have one hand behind your back.
  • Lower your nose down to your bottom hand. Push back up.
  • Repeat as many times as possible, then switch hands.

Exercised: upper body

Wheelbarrow walking

Exercise for both people.

Exercised: upper body

Grass Hoppers

  • Alternate between legs, 25-100 times

Exercised: abs, hips, thighs, lungs

Mountain climber

This is like Grass Hoppers, but you alternate between legs moving them forwards and backwards, repeating 25-100 times.

Exercised: lungs, thighs, buttocks, hips, abs

Duck waddle

  • Squat down, then walk like a duck, one foot after the other. Repeat until fatigued

Exercised: thighs, hips

Bear crawling

  • Get into position, butt up, and walk forward.
  • When fatigued, rest and resume.

Exercised: all the limbs, lungs

Crab walking

  • Make a table, then walk forward. Rest and resume when fatigued.

Exercised: overall body, hips, spine, back, lungs


  • Place towel at your feet, then bend down and put palms on towel.
  • Push the towel forward, keeping your arms straight, until body is fully extended but still off the ground.
  • Put your knees on the floor, and bring hands backwards near your knees, keeping the abs tight.
  • Repeat 5-10 times. The towel can be replaced with an exercisewheel. Do this exercise slowly for more tension.

Exercised: abs, lower back, arms, chest, shoulders


  • Skipping: 1min skipping, 30secsrest ➔ 2mins skipping, 60secs rest ➔ 3mins skipping, 60secs rest ➔ 2mins skipping, 30secs rest ➔ 1min skipping. [150 jumps or more per minute]
  • Sprinting: preferably on a hill, for 30secs, 2 or 3 times a week
  • Uphill buddy carries: even just walking around makes you stronger
  • Wrestling, boxing, swimming, tai chi/chi kung


Tiger Walk: This is just like the bear crawl but instead of your butt high in the air, it is at the same level as your shoulders and hips. In fact, your entire body is parallel to the ground. Walk forward on your hands and feet, keeping your knees off the ground.

Gorilla Walks: The position is similar to the Bear Crawl. Get on all fours, butt held high in air.

However, your palms are not on the ground. Instead, fold your fingers inward and the weight of your body is resting on your inner knuckles as well as your thumb. There are two ways to do the Gorilla Walk. The first way is to move your hands and feet almost like as you would in the bear crawl, walking them forward one at a time. The second way consists of a jumping motion. Move both of your hands forward at the same time, then jump your legs toward your hands. Do both methods.

Monkey jumps: Start in a full squat position hands on floor just outside your feet. Now jump up as high as you can throw your hands up to help get up high, make big circles, up in front of face over head outside and back down to sides. At the same time right after you jump and your feet clear the ground, pull knees to chest, then let them go back down to meet the floor and help you land as softly as possible. These can get you pretty winded quickly.

Snakes: Low crawl on the ground using just your elbows/forearms and knees to move around.

Advisable to wear sweat pants and shirt you don't mind ripping and getting dirty

Ape walks: Requires a bit of flexibility to do well. Squat down and place your hands in front of you on the ground a little bit wider than shoulder width. Now swing your legs under your arms, like an ape (this is the flexibility part), using enough momentum to bring your upper body forward so that you can resume the starting position in a fluid movement. Kind of hard to explain, but think of a monkey running on the ground and how they swing their legs under their body when they run. It helps to have long arms.

These animal exercises can build enormous strength just by themselves, and improve mobility in all the limbs. It doesn’t matter if you look silly, just do them and you will benefit.


  • Moving muscles slowly can increase tension, but this is not always practical when speed is required. Muscles were not really built to be slow although it may be useful in activities such as arm wrestling.
  • Speed can, however, increase power, like force. Speed and force/tension/strength both make up power.
  • Regularly tensing up your muscles deliberately can soon make your muscles even more toned, as the nervous system becomes programmed and starts doing it for you. You should however try to pick up some heavy sometimes, as your body has to become accustomed and you need to develop a skill for doing the actual thing.
  • Another way to exert power is to tense all your other muscles to get more power from just something as small as your grip – this is called “hyper irradiation”.
  • Strength training and endurance training are both important.
  • Aim to exercise at least 3 times a week, with at least 30min sessions.
  • About an hour or two before exercising, eat complex-carbohydrate foods like pasta, rice, bread, fruits or vegetables.
  • Drink water during exercise. During longer workouts, consider drinking a sports drink, with no more than 10% carbohydrate.
  • After working out, you should have a small meal immediately like Weetabix, bananas or beans, full of proteins and carbohydrate. About an hour later, have some complex- carbohydrate foods like pasta, bread, potatoes, rice, vegetables, meat, fish or eggs.
  • Go to bed hungry for more growth hormones to be released.

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