"Ab Training" Excitement Hits The Military

It’s not often that we see our government admit mistakes or change
its policies. Rarer still do we see the government make a change for
the better. Believe it or not, it actually happened. I’m talking
about the new Army physical training protocol.

An article was just published on MSNBC.com, titled, “Army Training:
Bayonets out, ‘ab blaster’ in. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I
read that the military is dumping its 5 mile slow jogs and replacing
it with more functional training methods, including – get this – CORE TRAINING!

If our military leaders had only consulted with me, the Army would
have made this change years ago. But alas, decades-old institutions
change happens slowly. Better late than never – this is a great move
by the military.

As my newsletter readers and “Firm and Flatten Your Abs” ebook
customers know, core training is the real thing – it is not any kind
of a fad. I use these techniques to whip my wrestlers, boxers
and other athletes into shape, and it works like gangbusters.

Functional and core training is not just about looking good – its
about bullet-proofing your your body from injury, skyrocketing
physical performance and  even improving your health. The nice side
effect is the buffed body that comes with it.

We are a terribly sedentary society, so as new Army recruits show
up for basic training, they are often as out of shape and overweight
as the rest of us.

Many people think the old training method of jogging miles and
miles would be a no brainer for whipping these grunts into shape fast,
but instead, jogging has gone the way of bayonet drills —
its NOT functional for a solider. Soldiers sprint across streets,
walk with heavy backpacks, pull a comrade out of danger or fight
hand to hand combat. The new training regimen better reflects these demands.

At Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the largest army base in the
country part of the new physical training regime includes what
they call an ab Blaster class, which involves core training. They’ve
also added pugil stick fighting, with the objective to turn soft
recruits into hardened fighting machines.

Some of these recruits have never been in a fight in their lives. I
can attest to this as a 20-year high school wrestling coach. I have
asked my team how many have ever been in a donny brook
(old slang for a fight). Many times not one kid raises their hand.
I’m not condoning fighting among high school kids, but it shows me
the condition of kids in our society; more familiar with facebook
than fistfights.

The army has put forward a new agenda I endorse. Get these kids in
shape by strengthening their core and getting them physical. The army
has also noticed that we run naturally to get away from predators.

So instead of long slow distance, they are focusing now on speed
with zig zag sprinting drills. As it was with our ancestors in daily
life, in modern war, physical conditioning can mean life or death.

Over the recruit’s time in basic training, they are now learning
how to move with agility, carry loads the proper way and build solid
muscle through proper nutrition. All of this makes a better
soldier in the battlefield. The training now mimics what happens in
the real world of war.

The recruits are embracing the change.  I believe this comes from
the eliminating the monotony of daily grind. By implementing a variety
of drills, the recruits stay fresh both physically and mentally.

Again I commend the Army for making this change and I think there is
a lesson to be learned here for everyone.

Developing your “core muscles” and using real world functional
training methods is the best way to get in physical condition.
It is now endorsed by the finest army mankind has ever seen. World
class athletes use these methods and more and more people like you
are using them and being blown
away with the results.

If you haven’t given serious core training and interval training
methods a shot, give them a try and you will be amazed with the results.
My Firm and Flatten Your Abs program is a superb way to introduce
yourself to core training because my program, unlike most others, starts
at lowest level – that ANYONE can do no matter what kind of shape you’re in –
and works slowly up the ladder to a workout that would challenge a
boxer, wrestler or trained solider.

Learn more at my website:  http://www.FlattenYourAbs.net


David Grisaffi
Author, Firm And Flatten Your Abs

Abdominal Myth #1

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 onstage
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 caloric 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
development training.

This is just one myth I expose in my Firm and Flatten Your Abs Program