Zero Training: Japan’s trending workout that tightens the body in 5 minutes

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This Japanese trend workout aims to tone your body in just 5 minutes

Sporty woman in yoga outfit |  This Japanese trend workout aims to tone your body in just 5 minutes

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Losing weight, strengthening muscles and tightening the contours – the so-called zero training aims to do all this in just five minutes. What’s up with Japan’s fitness trend?

Barbell training, piloxing, hula hoop – the world of fitness is constantly creating new sports trends. Ultimately, they all promise the same thing: boost fat burning, help you lose weight, build your muscles. Easy! A Japanese fitness trainer has now developed a method that is said to have a similar effect, but with minimal effort: “Zero Training”.

Tomomi Ishimura founded the “Body Tone” yoga studio in New York and wrote a book called “The Zero Training Method”. The Japanese woman recommends her comfortable training especially to non-athletes who want to start somewhere. In principle, it is suitable for all levels of training. The great thing about Zero Training is that you can do it in the comfort of your own home in just five minutes.

So what exactly is zero training?

Zero Training aims to help counteract muscle soreness, train and tighten muscles, and ultimately lose weight. According to Tomomi Ishimura, poor posture and unhealthy habits (yes, that’s right: we mean slouching on the couch with your laptop on your lap) are the main reasons why our bodies sag and accumulate fat over time. over the years. And usually exactly where we DON’T want it.

“When different parts of the body contract, they lose alignment with the zero position. Circulation and metabolism are affected, and you can gain weight, lose shape and other problems, ”reveals the trainer on Instagram. He also directly explains what “zero” or “null” means in the name of his training method: the goal is to restore the zero position, that is, the ideal posture state.

With just five minutes of daily effort, Zero Training aims to achieve this neutral position with gentle breathing, stretching, and muscle activation exercises. This should be the basis for us to be more compact, healthier and lighter in general.

Zero Training: This is how the mini training works

For the exercises you should lie on your back on the floor, preferably on a yoga mat. Ideally, you still have some pillows or yoga bolsters to get your body into the right position. In this Instagram video, Tomomi Ishimura shows how exactly the zero position is taken:

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And here is one of the exercises:

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Tomomi Ishimura explains the other exercises in detail on her Instagram account.

Does Zero Training deliver what it promises?

Tomomi Ishimura claims that she can lose weight with Zero Training and lose up to three inches from her waist. But whether restoring this zero position actually makes us lose fat and lose weight is scientifically debatable. Because not everyone feels the same effect with a certain training method. While some agonize for an hour every day at the gym and lose almost no weight, others do one downward facing dog a week and the pounds seem to fall off. Apart from that in addition to genetics, eating habits and other lifestyles also contribute to our physical form.

But either way, our health can benefit from better posture. We can declare war on back pain and other discomforts in our musculoskeletal system with Zero Training’s gentle stretches and muscle exercises. Breathing exercises help us become more aware of ourselves and our body. This gives us a better body feeling, regardless of our weight.

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