"Exceed Your Potential!"
Throughout history, whether it be artwork or media, a sculpted midsection has been the idealized epitome of strength and attractiveness. Muscles in general and abs in particular are undoubtedly a status symbol. Everybody wants to be like the guys and gals in the media ads with the washboard abs. Unfortunately, there are a few things that people don't take into consideration: those "ab models" that you see on tv and in magazines are genetically gifted, it's their job to be in perfect shape, you only see them on their very best days (nobody stays shredded all year round), they often use unhealthy fat-burning drugs to speed up metabolism and melt off the last bits of fat around their midsection, photographers play tricks with lighting and touch ups, and you typically see them when they are holding their breath and flexing. Although this is not meant not discourage you from your abdominal goals, it can help you to understand and ensure that your goals are realistic and achievable.
A pound of fat contains 3,500
calories. A Big Mac contains 570 calories. Doing 20 crunches burns
about 9 calories. In other words, a few minutes of abdominal
exercise isn't going to make much of a dent in a lifetime's worth of
accumulated fat. You need to understand that exercises you do to
build midsection muscles won't have much effect on the fat that
surrounds them. There is no such thing as "spot reducing" or
targeting an area where you want to lose fat. Fat does not turn to
muscle... you burn fat and build muscle. Where you lose fat is
determined by patterns established by your anatomy and typically
occurs systematically throughout your entire body. In addition to a
standard abdominal routine, one that is performed 2-3 times per
week, the most effective means of displaying your six pack is to eat
healthy with a good nutrition program and combine regular
cardiovascular workouts (aerobic) along with your resistance
training (anaerobic) for the most efficient calorie burn. Once you
get rid of that layer of insulation, you'll find that your abs are
indeed under there... somewhere.
Get Toned! Get Fit! Lose Weight! Feel Great!