Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Truth And Secrets Of Getting Ripped Abs - ab training programs - abdominal workouts

The Truth And Secrets Of Getting Ripped Abs - ab training programs - abdominal workouts: "The Truth And Secrets Of Getting Ripped Abs
By Craig Ballantyne, MS, CSCS

There is no shortage of ab training programs on the Internet or in magazines. And the truth is, people will succeed (and fail) with all sorts of abdominal training programs, good and bad. You�ve probably seen great abs on people who train their abs for 30 minutes every day and washboard stomachs on other people who have never done a single sit-up in their life. The bottom line is that great abs are not limited to people that perform hundreds of crunches each day � you can get ripped abs too!
The most important factor in developing eye-catching abdominal muscles is having a low body fat percentage, plain and simple. If you want to show off your abs at the beach, you have to get lean. In fact, if you did nothing else but lower your body fat levels through nutrition and proper training, then you�d be 90% of the way to having ripped abs. Focusing on ab training workouts is just the icing on the cake. And that�s why we�re going to talk about nutrition and interval (cardio) training first, before we get into the sets and reps for the ab training program.
To have abs that are certified in ripped-ness, you need to get your body fat below 10% (in the teens if you are female). To assist you with this goal, it�s important to monitor your body fat on a consistent basis to make sure that you are heading in the right direction. So if you can, have your body fat tested every 3-4 weeks by a highly-skilled professional under the same conditions each time (i.e. before a workout, at the same time of day, on the same day of the week, and after eating the same meal each time). "

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