Great article up on the CP website by Brendan. It’s called “Why your Workout isn’t Working Out.”
It goes into a lot of the things I’ve been talking about lately but really hits home on a few great points including making strength a top priority.
I’ve got a friend up in the greater Baltimore area. He’s a single guy, always out on the town trying to look his best. So what do all single guys out on the town in Baltimore want the most? Why abs of course. So he’s always asking what he can do to shed some fat and expose that six pack he has somewhere down there. And he’s always disappointed when I tell him to get big and strong again (he USED to be a stud college running back back in his day), then we’ll talk abs.
It’s a strange concept to most, and Brendan goes into more detail in the article, but you can’t get “ripped” without a certain level of muscle underneath. You need to get strong and add muscle first, lots of it. Then you can go about losing fat to expose those abs hidden underneath. But you can’t go the other way around, it unfortunately doesn’t work that way.
And as a side note, I think we’ve already covered this, (and my single friend in Baltimore can attest to this) but we can’t cardio our way to abs. It’s just not a great way to get the body you want. Running is a sport, not a fat loss modality, and don’t let anyone kid you otherwise. Besides, if you do cardio in conjunction with a diet (which will aid in fat loss) and no strength training, we will end up with a result that is far from the images of models on the covers of fitness magazines all single guys in Baltimore aspire to look like.
Enjoy the article.