Get Your Six Pack On!

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The reasons why the majority of people do not have abs are huge and the major stumbling block is that plenty of so called “experts” are still teaching old fashioned advice for building abs that just doesn’t work.

The number one mistake we make is that even though we are overweight, the thing we always start doing is crunches and leg raises. This means that if you have excess fat covering your abs, you will only manage to add muscles underneath, but not lose the fat. So basically, instead of having a slimmer waistline to show off your abs, it will get bigger and your love handles will also get thicker.

Now let’s get one thing straight: Even if you heard about spot reduction, there’s no such thing. Only when you manage to shed that extra weight off, will you be able to reveal your abs.
Another mistake concerning abs is believing what you see on the commercials late in the evening when you’re watching TV, promising that you’re going to have great looking abs by using a certain kind of gizmo or gadget.

The thing is that if everything were that simple, everyone would look great by now and not complain about having no abs at all. The reasons they cannot have those great looking abs is because those gadgets are good but only half the battle, nutrition along with exercise are the other key components.

If you want to show off your abs, the first thing you’ve got to realize is that the equation for abs is simple.

It’s simple…but damn hard work

 

Chisel Your Core With Pilates

We all have our reservations about exercising and most people just do not have the determination and resilience to keep at it. Choosing to chisel your core has numerous benefits, and the results are simply amazing once you stick to it and work hard.

Your core muscles are not listed on the human anatomy, and they are classified or called your core muscles because they make up the core. They are not distinctively marked as core muscles, but they are a group of muscles that play a very vital and crucial role when it comes to playing sports, having stamina and so forth.

Core muscles are those muscles that are found in and around your trunk and pelvis area. They girdle that area. Your core muscles are vital when it comes to maintaining stability when reaching, stretching and when you bend. The benefits of building, strengthening and chiseling your core are countless and broad. Strengthening your core muscles is also great because it will definitely improve your posture, and it will protect you from lower back problems and pain. Continue reading Chisel Your Core With Pilates

Abdominal Myths You Should Know

By David Grisaffi,
Author, Firm And Flatten Your Abs

www.FlattenYourAbs.net

Developing a great set of six-pack abs is really quite simple once you understand my unique Firm and Flatten Your Abs system, which includes two important components:

1. A workout program consisting of carefully selected, biomechanically correct abdominal exercises, and

2. A nutrition program that optimizes fat loss and maintenance or growth of lean muscle tissue.

As simple as this sounds, I’ll be the first to admit that ab training can be an extremely confusing subject at first because there is so much conflicting information on the subject.

Opinions Are Just That! Opinions

Countless opinions, rumors, and theories about ab training are continually being circulated by an endless parade of “experts” including doctors, personal trainers, infomercial gurus, and even friends, teachers, and parents. Some information is valid, but most of it isn’t. It’s hard to sort through it all, let alone know what to believe. Abdominal mythology abounds, and some myths never seem to die.

That’s exactly why I wrote the e book Firm and Flatten Your Abs: To help you cut through the myths and lies and lead you straight to the truth that will help you develop the type of body that you’ll be proud to show off the next time you hit the beach.

Before we discuss the anatomy and physiology of the abdominal muscles or the actual training routines, the first thing to do is clear your mind of the myths, lies, and misconceptions that have been polluting your brain as a result of gym folklore, false
advertising, and bad advice from self-proclaimed experts.

More bad information is published and told about ab training than any other health and fitness subject, and I’ve boiled it down to 14 myths that are particularly damaging and pervasive. I will explain 3 of them in this article.

Let’s put them to rest permanently, shall we?

MYTH #1: If you train abs every day, you’re guaranteed a six-pack. One of the most common abdominal myths is that training your abdominals every day is the best way to get a small waistline and develop the six-pack look in your stomach. This misconception was probably funneled through the bodybuilding world, because so many bodybuilders train their abs daily prior to competitions. Despite the fact that bodybuilders appear on stage with incredibly ripped abs, their abs come from their diet, not just their daily ab
workouts.

Daily training is not only a waste of time, it’s an approach that won’t work for the average person who doesn’t use performance-enhancing substances or have a naturally high recovery capacity.

There are two reasons that daily abdominal training is unnecessary and does not guarantee you a six-pack.

First, the muscle tissue of your abs is virtually the same as the muscle tissue in the rest of your body. Abdominal muscles cannot become stronger and more developed without time to rest and recover after each workout, just like any other muscle group such as your biceps or chest. You wouldn’t do 100 barbell curls every day to “see your biceps” or 100 bench presses every day to “see your pecs,” so why do the same for your abs?

Second, even if you could achieve excellent muscular development in the abs with daily training, you won’t be able to see your abs if they’re covered with a layer of fat. Daily abdominal training does not burn the fat off your midsection! Fat is lost by creating a
calorie deficit through your diet. Build the muscle tissue with exercise; burn the fat with diet.

During the initial phase of the Firm and Flatten Your Abs program (Level 1), I recommend that you perform exercises daily for the first two to three weeks. However, these Level 1 exercises are very basic movements using only your body weight, and they are designed to prepare, strengthen, and neurologically program your body for the more advanced exercises to follow.

For the long term, you can get fantastic results training your abs every other day (about four days a week), and once they’re developed, you can maintain your abs with even less frequent training.

MYTH #2: You can eat pizza and hamburgers and still maintain a six-pack as long as you work out right after you eat them. The truth is that developing your abs is achieved through exercise, but seeing your abs is more a function your diet than any other factor. You could have a great set of abs completely covered with fat. The secret to uncovering the abdominal muscles is nutrition.

Theoretically, you could lose the fat covering your abs while eating whatever you wanted, as long as you still had a caloric deficit. However, eating calorie-dense junk food makes it much harder to maintain the caloric deficit you need to burn body fat. Furthermore, eating fast food and other nutritionally-void junk as regular daily staples in your diet will eventually exact a serious toll on your health.

You simply cannot expect exercise to cancel out poor eating habits. It takes proper exercise and nutrition to get optimal results. Go into your local fast food restaurant and look around. How many people do you see that have an envious abdominal region? Chances are, you won’t see any!

MYTH #3: Sit-ups develop the abdominal muscles best. It’s ironic, but the sit-up, which is the most popular exercise in the world for the abdominals, might be the absolute worst exercise and could even be dangerous for some people under some circumstances.

What most people don’t realize is that the sit-up is not a true abdominal exercise. During a sit-up, your main trunk flexor, the iliopsoas muscle, often does the majority of the work while the abs are not optimally recruited.

Because the iliopsoas muscle originates on the lower back, the sit-up literally pulls on the lower back with every repetition, especially if your feet are held down or anchored, or the repetitions are performed quickly in a jerky fashion. This is why too many sit-ups can lead to a strength imbalance between the iliopsoas and abdominals, as well as poor posture and lower back pain.

Some people who have very strong abs and lower backs may be able to perform conventional sit-ups more safely than others. There are also some safer and more effective ways to perform sit-ups. One is the Janda sit-up. This exercise uses the law of reciprocal inhibition, which means that if one muscle is working, its antagonist (the opposing muscle) must relax.

During a Janda sit-up, instead of holding your feet down, your partner reaches around and holds your calves. As you sit up, you contract your hamstrings and glutes by pulling your calves back against your partner’s hands. (You can also press your lower legs
back against small dumbbells or a heavy weighted barbell.) When the hamstrings and glutes contract, this shuts off the iliopsoas, making your abs do more of the work.

If I prescribe sit-ups, I simply have my clients do Janda sit-ups. However, Janda sit-ups can be difficult to perform on your own and because of the injury potential from sit-ups in general, and since there are so many other more effective exercises, I have left sit-ups out of this course completely.

It’s incredible, but true: You can develop amazing abs without ever
doing a single sit-up!

Coach David Grisaffi,
Tacoma Washington

P.S.If you enjoyed this workout, then you will love the workout programs in my Firm And Flatten Your Abs E-book. You can get more information on the home page at:
www.FlattenYourAbs.net/index.html

Bodyblades Are Good For Core Strength

Bodyblades are one of the most under used and beneficial core power
training tool ever designed. It is an innovative workout system which
leads to quick and effective muscle strengthening, power development,
core stabilization and toning.

What is a Bodyblade?

Bodyblade is an exercise device which is lightweight, durable,
multifunctional and takes up very little space to store. The tool is so
compact that it can easily fit inside the closet, under the bed and
dozens of other places where the conventional weights and machines fail
to go. It is ready to use and can be used anywhere and at anytime,
requires no adjustments, bands or weights.

Bodyblade is an exercise stick that somewhat resembles a double-sided
sword. The handle in the middle is quite comfortable, and easy to work
with.

What does a Bodyblade do?

Exercises are executed by gripping the center of the exercise blade and
shaking it back and forth. The Bodyblade can oscillate back and forth in
various directions and angles to train different body parts. It’s an
extremely good tool to get an effective muscle sculpting workout within
a short span of time, if used properly. This device is very strong and
sturdy and can be used for a longer period of time.

Bodyblade has several unique features which definitely make it different
compared to the other exercise equipment available. There really isn’t
any other type of equipment that is like the Bodyblade. Most other
systems work on the principle of the user attempting to lift a weighted
item or stretch an elastic band. Bodyblade uses the principles of
inertia to motivate the muscles and make them stronger. With Bodyblade
there is an absence of weights or elastic bands that can break. The
Bodyblade, works on the opposite principle: Once the ends begin to move,
inertia keeps them in motion and then it’s up to you to resist it. The
intensity and the acceleration of the movement can be controlled by you,
which make it safer and more effective than any other equipment. The
risk of damage through overexertion is much less. All this is made
possible due to the inertial exercise principles and the patented
technology built into every Bodyblade. Continue reading Bodyblades Are Good For Core Strength

Core Training for Golfers

Core Training for Golfers

What, working out for golf? Am I crazy? Not really. Think about it, your muscles will have to be tone, at least, to hit a straight and long ball. When you are using your short game you will need strong quadriceps and hamstrings to maintain the proper posture to follow through and end up in the same posture every time. You want to fire through that tee shot and hit that chip straight, every time.

It is true that you use dozens of muscles with every golf shot, but the core muscles are where you derive the power and stability to reach the green and be inline for the cup. When I mention the core muscles I am talking about the abdominals and, to a less extent, the quadriceps and hamstrings. An abdominal workout that includes transverse rotation will greatly improve your golf game.

What Are Your Core Muscles?

There are four core muscles that need to be worked out in order to improve your golf game and maybe even develop a six pack of abs. They are the rectus abdominis, inner and outer obliques, and the transverse abdominis. A lot of words to describe the muscles that hold in your gut, help you breath and twist your body around. Strengthening these muscles, along with the hamstrings and quadriceps, will add up to 50 yards to your drive.

How Can I Strengthen My Core Muscles?

There are dozens of exercises that you can do to strengthen your core muscles and improve your golf game. As a Golf Biomechanic, I often see people who wonder why they are losing distance of their game and not shooting as straight as they used to. My first question is “Do you work out at all?” The general answer is “No.”. You can not let your body go and expect it to continue to perform at the same level. Professional golfers know that they have to maintain a strong core to last on the tour.

A good place to start is with isometric exercises. You can do these in the office, car, or on the couch. Simply exhale and tighten your stomach and buttocks as much as possible without pain and hold that pose for 10 seconds. Relax and breathe. Repeat the exercise as long as you desire. Always keep your back straight. Do the same with your legs. While sitting, hold your knees at a 90 ° angle to the floor and tighten them as much as possible. Hold for 10-15 seconds, relax then repeat.

That is the easy stuff. Why don’t you work on those quads and hammies next? Stand up and breathe normally. Squat to an approximate sitting position. Hold for 10-15 seconds and stand back up, then repeat. It may help to rest your back against a wall so that you maintain the correct posture. You are going to feel that I guarantee it. A little time on the treadmill or outdoors jogging is great stuff for these muscles. Always make sure to stretch before your game. Take your driver out. One hand on the grip and the other just above the club head. Bend to the ground with your back and knees straight. For a little extra stretch, Touch the club head to one foot, return to the start position , then touch it to the other foot.

Now let’s look at those abdominal muscles. The will need to be tone and string. There is no way to avoid doing the good old sit-up. Crunches and reverse crunches are better tools, but you will need to start where you are most comfortable. You will always want to add transverse rotation to your ab workout so that you can gain the most for your exercises. It is easy enough to do. As you bring your upper body towards your knees rotate from knee to knee. Left elbow to right knee, down, up, right elbow to left knee. Keep alternating this sequence until your are tired and then to one more set.

Gain Stability and Strength

Toning and strengthening your core muscles will add stability and distance to your golf game. You may not think of muscle bound athletes on the links, but how many of the top golfers have a gut that hangs over their belt? None. You need strong quads and hamstrings so your knees can stay bent during your shots. You will need strong abdominals to put more snap into the club as you bring through the shot.

I only talked about a couple of exercises in this article. There are over 40 abdominal exercise in my eBook Firm and Flatten Your Abs at flattenyourabs.net. As a Golf Biomechanic I have tried to list a variety of workouts and exercises to help the amateur golfer as well as the pros out there.

David Grisaffi

Six Pack Secrets to Chiseled Abdominals

by David Grisaffi

There are six basic aspects of any abdominal workout routine you must master to obtain the six pack abs you have been chasing.  You can do crunches until you toss your dinner and not meet your goal of a beautiful set of six pack abs.  You have to use a comprehensive approach that addresses nutrition (diet), water intake, supplementation, exercises protocol, proper sleep rhythms, and the detoxification of your body.  If you do all of these things you will acquire a six pack of abs and a nice set of obliques to frame around them.

Nutrition

It does not mater what your workout goal is, you will never obtain a set of defined abs if you do not eat properly.  I am not talking about just skipping the fast food crap.  I mean carbs, protein, and the right time to load up on each.  If you have extra weight to lose, you should be careful not to restrict your calories to much when working out. 

Just restrict starchy carbs and useless calories like all sugars. If you restrict calories too much you will lose muscle and water, not the fat cells you want to shed.  Eating a meal that contains complex carbohydrates like rice, pasta, bagels, fresh fruit, or baked potatoes
about 30-60 minutes before your workout will provide a more sustained energy level and the carbohydrates that you need to keep your blood sugar level up. Also consume organic food whenever possible.

What you eat after your workout is just as important as what your have before.  You are going to need the same types of carbohydrates, but you will need to add some protein for muscle repair and growth. I would suggest a recovery meal. The recovery meal serves two purposes: 1) It replaces lost carbs and influences the amount of cortisol (a hormone which reacts to stress) your body will release. 2) It loads up amino acids into your muscle to begin the re-building of muscle tissue. If you miss this window of opportunity you will not gain muscle and lose body fat as fast. If you want more information about recovery meals e-mail me at david@flattenyourabs.net or see my blog post at http://www.flattenyourabs.net/blog

NOTE: Cortisol – Increases blood pressure, blood sugar and reduces immune responses.

All Mighty Water

Hydration is an often overlooked aspect of all workout routines.  If you
do not consume enough water while working out or for that matter during your entire day you have wasted your time and may have caused damage to yourself.  Not enough water equals dehydration.  Drinking sugary/sports drinks, caffeinated beverages only dehydrate your body quicker.  You should try to drink 7 to 10 ounces of room temperature water every 20 minutes while working out.  Water helps to regulate your body temperature; deliver oxygen to your muscle tissues by keeping blood volume elevated. It also assists the kidneys in removing biological wastes, and enhances with fat burning and muscle growth. A good rule to follow is to drink ½ of your body weight in ounces per day.

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