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What Non-Cardio Exercises Will Burn Belly Fat?

author image Ollie Odebunmi
Ollie Odebunmi's involvement in fitness as a trainer and gym owner dates back to 1983. He published his first book on teenage fitness in December 2012. Odebunmi is a black belt in taekwondo and holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Kingston University in the United Kingdom.
What Non-Cardio Exercises Will Burn Belly Fat?
Non-cardiovascular exercises can help burn belly fat. Photo Credit Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images

Cardiovascular exercises burn calories and help you lose belly fat. But non-cardio exercises also help you burn belly fat. They may not burn as many immediate calories as cardio exercises but they have the benefit of increasing your metabolism post exercise and improve your ability to burn belly fat even when not exercising.

Front Squats

Front squats are similar to back squats with the exception that the bar is on the front of your body. This makes the abdominal muscles work hard to stabilize your body as you perform the exercise. Rest the barbell on the front of your shoulders. Stabilize the bar by crossing your arms and pushing the bar against your shoulders with your fists or fingers. Keep your elbows raised in front of your body. Drop down into a squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor while ensuring the bar does not roll forward. Drive up to your starting position and repeat for 15 repetitions.

Dumbbell Rows

Adopt the pushup position while resting your hands on two dumbbells. Stabilize your weight on your right arm and row the left dumbbell upward. Lower the dumbbell to the floor, stabilize your weight with your left arm and row the right dumbbell upward. Alternate your arms for a total of 20 to 30 repetitions. Your abdominal muscles are strongly engaged to stabilize your body as you perform this exercise.

Circuit Training

Do a circuit of back to back exercises with no rest between them. For example, do 15 reps of squats, eight to 12 pullups, 20 to 30 pushups, 30 lunges and 15 seated chest presses. Rest for two minutes and repeat the circuit four to five times. This intense routine will elevate your metabolism post exercise and help you burn belly fat.

Mountain Climbers and Crunches

Do supersets of mountain climbers and crunches. Start in the pushup position with your weight balanced on your toes and straight arms. Pull your left leg forward until your knee is under your chest, return it to your starting position and repeat the action with your right leg. Alternatively drive each leg forward for as many reps as you can. Move each hand about 10 inches forward and backward in concert with your leg movements to increase the intensity of the exercise. Without any rest, follow immediately with as many ab crunches you can do. Rest for two minutes and repeat the pair of exercises for three sets.

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