By Victoria Johnson
|But that's what
the makers of the new Ab machines would have you
Do you honestly think you can get tight washboard abs
training them on that fantasy workout schedule? If you
believe that, I have some land I can sell you in Florida
Swamps that's prime real Estate too!
With all the Hype about getting astronomical results
with little to no labor, it's no wonder Ab rolling,
training and coaching machines are selling by the
truckloads. Poor unfit consumers are desperately looking
for a quick fix for something that took years of ice
cream and fudge brownies to create. You didn't gain that
spare semi tire around your waist with little or no
effort. Therefore, you will not lose it overnight. If
not done properly, you may even injure yourself.
An important training element that is usually overlooked
by many of the programs is "muscle balance".
To prevent back injuries you must
strengthen your lower back as well as your abdominals.
Always work the front and back of your body evenly. An
example would be, If you train the front of your arms, make
sure you train the back. Bicep curls work the font of your
arms, Tricep Press Downs work the back of your arms. This
will ensure a balance in strength and development.
To help you shape up your Abs (for
real) I created a balanced workout video that is only $14.95
entitled Ab Lab, the Science of Reshaping Your Midsection.
I understand what it takes to get a flat midsection. I used
to weigh over 170 pounds and was over 32% body fat!
I designed a program that will help
you get tight Abdominals without using one piece of
exercise equipment. You can do it easily and quickly
right where you are. So what are you waiting for? Get on
Regardless of the body part or
exercises you perform always practice muscle isolation.
Muscle Isolation - Always put your energy into the muscle
you're working. Your exercises will be even more effective.
Victoria's Ab Training Secrets:
Here are two of my favorite secrets that will help you get
you 'New Abs for the Summer!
1.Breathing and Hallowing. The secret to "shaping" your
If you don't' breathe correctly and hollow the abdominal
wall you can develop a muscular pooch in the lower region of
your abdominal muscles. That's right, your stomach can stick
out even more than it already does.
Lay on your back on the floor with your knees bent, feet
flat on the floor. Arms at your side. Inhale through your
nose to the count 4. as you exhale breathe out through your
mouth to the count of 4 completely emptying your diaphragm
until your abdominal wall goes flat or hollow. Repeat this
for a total of four times. Once you get the rhythm start
adding a crunch with the exhalation of air. Put your hands
across your chest, focus your eyes toward your kneecaps
holding your neck stable. Roll back and inhale to the count
of four. The more advanced you get the more repetitions you
2. Strengthen and Lengthen for Perfect Symmetry
You must stretch the abdominal area as well as strengthen
it. You smut stretch the muscle through what is called a
full "Range of Motion". This means you must perform each
exercise from beginning to end with consistency. Don't hold
your body in a crunch position for the whole set of
Start the crunch with your shoulders on the floor, roll up
to the count of four and roll back down to the count of two
and put your shoulders back on the floor, allowing the
muscles to stretch between exercises.
You will read and see many suggestions of holding the
exercises for long periods of time. I don't recommend you
doing that at home unsupervised by a trainer. It's difficult
to know how long is too long.
I advocate strength as well as stretch. That's why you
exhale through out the entire range of crunching and rolling
up. This takes a lot of strength to perform. Then you will
get that much needed stretch when you unroll all the way
back to the floor.
When training, I want you to focus on the shape of the
abdominal wall. That is what will truly allow you to get
those whistles at the beach by showing off those washboard
New Abs Workout Program
* 6 Sets of 12 Repetitions -Total
* 2 Sets of Regular Crunches with knees bent, feet flat on
* 2 Sets of Crunches with Rotations at the Top of Movement,
* 2 Sets of Crunches with your feet in the air, knees
(arms can be by your side, across your chest or supporting
your head, never pull on your neck.)
Create the results you want using a
three prong approach:
1. The Muscle Isolation Program for the Abdominals and Back
2. The Right Diet 20/40/40
3. Consistent Cardio Activities
You have to include a Low Fat 20%, Moderate Protein 30% and
Moderate Carbohydrate 50% diet with your workout program.
You must also do cardio exercise to burn fat. 4 times per
week for 45 - 60 minutes will get you best results.
Suggested activities are power walking, cycling, aerobics,
stair machines and jogging.
Start building a strong and healthy body today. You are
About Victoria Johnson
From the humble beginnings as one of eleven children of a Louisiana migrant farm family, Victoria Johnson has overcome poverty, race discrimination, and eating disorders including obesity, anorexia, and bulimia, to become the nation's premier health and fitness "activist."
Today, Victoria is the owner and president of Victoria Johnson International. She is the author of Body Revival and the Quick Start Energy Program and she has produced and starred in over 24 award-winning exercise and dance fitness videos and her own television show entitled "Victoria's Body Shoppe. Several of her workout videos have won Video of the Year award.
Victoria has served as a spokesmodel for L.A. Gear, Athletic Footwear and Nike. She is an internationally acclaimed professional speaker, lecturer, and fitness trainer. Victoria has become known as ?the teacher?s teacher? because she trains professional fitness instructors, personal trainers, physical education teachers and other sports professionals, including NBA athletes. A lecturing professional trainer of Peak Performance, Sports Science and Sports Nutrition to the NBA, WNBA, NCAA Athletes and Boys and Girls Club affiliates, she also speaks around the world to Fortune 500 companies as well as faith-based organizations and churches.
Victoria shares a message and a vision based on her positive, energetic approach to the business of health, nutrition, exercise and faith... One that inspires, motivates and empowers individuals to take control of BOTH their health and their life! Seeing her today, it is hard to imagine she once carried 170 pounds on her 5' 3" frame.
Quick Start Energy Program: Wake Up Your Energy, Speed Up Your Metabolism, Tighten Up Your Muscles, Reclaim Your Body... Fire Up Your Life, RESTORE YOUR DREAMS!
- Victoria’s DVD Workouts, including "Maximum Abs": Victoria Johnson shares her secrets live on video! Victoria Johnson's high energy and original moves will take your workouts to a whole new level! You can develop your own personal style with her multi-level program.
- Victoria Johnson's motivational audios: Victoria Johnson is an inspiring, dynamic motivational speaker. You can listen to Victoria - with incredible high energy - share her messages about goals, dreams, attitude, your spiritual side and more.