Triming that Waistline
By Ron J Clark
May 1, 2008, 10:36
Before I continue, allow me to point out
the difference between uncovering the abdominals and conditioning the abdominals.
Uncovering involves fat loss in the midsection, while conditioning involves
training the midsection. These are two entirely different things. If you are an
experienced resistance trainee this had better not come as a big surprise. Never
train abdominals with the intention of losing fat around the waist. Approach
your abdominal training as a part of your overall core conditioning.
Letís face it, what do people ask for more than anything? A flatter stomach!
What do trainers and fitness enthusiasts immediately focus on when fat loss in
the abdominal region is the challenge? You guessed it, abdominal exercises.
Wrong! In the absence of dieting and/or improving your fitness lifestyle in
other areas, if you were to do nothing but abdominal exercises you would show no
results when it comes to revealing those invisible abs. This may be one of the
single biggest reasons beginners lose their motivation to train. They
exclusively do tons of abdominal work and never show signs of improvement. When
a person does see fat loss progress while training abdominals, it is almost
always because there are other newly added components of their fitness program
that are responsible. Specific to fat loss, abdominal training alone is nearly
Imagine if you will, impermeable sheaths of tissue separating subcutaneous fat
stores from muscles throughout the entire body. For our purposes, these sheaths
separate subcutaneous fat from its underlying muscles making it impossible for
localized fat to move directly across to trained muscles. Now imagine the
cardiovascular system being able to transport fat to muscle. When muscle energy
is expended and is being replaced in any location in the body, under the proper
dietary conditions, fat burning hormones and enzymes circulate to every fat cell
the vascular system can reach (almost all fat cells in the body) simultaneously.
Hence, there is a general fat release throughout the body, not localized or
isolated fat release as some still believe. Frequent, low to moderate intensity
full-body workouts with a moderate amount of aerobics thrown in, coupled with an
effective diet, will go a long way to improving general fat loss to include that