The End/Continuation Of The Getting A Six-Pack Experiment

Well, one month has gone by since I started this out.

In that month I (rather easily) lost over 15 lbs simply by eating correctly.  I also worked out, but I’d say this month I actually worked out A LOT LESS than I normally do.

I did a pretty standard 30 minutes on a elliptical machine almost everyday plus the exercises I was instructed to do….but that takes only 45 minutes or so and is fairly low intensity.

So here is the result:

One day I’ll find a proper way to take these pictures…..

One thing I’m happy about is I no longer have those annoying love handles on my sides.  Overall I don’t think my current physique is that bad….but it’s not a raging six-pack either.  Son of a…..

At the start of this experiment, Adam clearly stated that I was expecting some pretty phenomenal results in a VERY short amount of time…he said two months would be more realistic….although in one month I could make a lot of progress.  I think he may have been right (this is what I get for trying to argue with a professional).

Naturally I want to continue this experiment….but for OTHER reasons than simply getting a six pack (although that too).

So far:

  • I feel a lot better
  • My six pack is starting to peer through the fat
  • I dropped a lot of extra chubbiness
  • I’m stronger and more fit

WHY ON EARTH WOULD I STOP THIS?!?

The benefits I listed above were from two things:

  1. Eating really well all the time
  2. Consistently exercising

With the benefits I listed, I can’t see any reason to simply go back to eating crap.  Actually, I tried it the other day…and it didn’t turn out so great.  I decided “Hey, I’ve eaten so well for a full month, what’s the harm in pigging out a little at a party?

I was at a party and started eating all the junk I normal do at parties, and soon I felt way too full, sluggish, and knew that everything I just put in my body was total junk and doing nothing for me.  There were literally NO positive benefits to eating all that junk.  Even the temporarily pleasing taste didn’t do anything for me.

I can’t believe I never noticed these bad effects before….probably because I’ve never NOT eaten a bunch of junk at a party….so I’d never known any different.

I suppose in my mind I figured you go to a party and come back stuffed, slow and fat.  That’s just how it was done.

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So while the OFFICIAL time constraint of this one month experiment has finished, I want to continue….and in fact I want to UP the intensity of this whole experiment. While I got away with easily melting off the excess fat in the beginning….getting even stronger and slimmer will become more difficult now.

For May I’m adding more exercises in the mix (and of course keeping up my good eating habits).

So far I’ve done something pretty intense three times:  Bikram Yoga.

It’s 90 minutes of yoga in a room heated to 105 degrees.  Within the first 5 minutes you’re sweating like a fat pig.  Literally dripping sweat like a football team dumped a bucket of Gatorade on your head.

It’s very intense, but FANTASTIC.

How will it be in the long run?  Who knows….but I’ll try it out every other day for a little while to see what happens.

I’ve been to Bikram Yoga now about 3 or 4 times and it’d definitely one of the more intense exercises.  It also stops you from eating too much before you go, and it burns a ton of calories (Between 700 and 1,000 calories each 90 minute session).  WOW.

….and I bike to and from the class each time.  I’d say I’m burning 1,000 to 1,200 calories each time I go.  Keep in mind I’m also eating less than 1,500 calories per day…so my net calorie intake is less than 500 for yoga days.  This means each time I do this I can realistically lose nearly 3/4 of a pound that day.

That sounds like some scammy diet plan, but it’s true!

That effect will probably continue to happen until my body fat is down to a very low percentage….and what happens then?  SIX PACK TIME!!!

Blog posted on: May 5, 2010

47 comments on “The End/Continuation Of The Getting A Six-Pack Experiment

    1. Neville Post author

      Thanks Marshall!

      I’ve been eating well the whole last month, it’s actually getting easier and easier to keep it up!

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    1. Neville Post author

      First Bikram Class: Had to sit down MANY times because I was getting too dizzy and not used to such heat for long periods of time.

      By my third class I made it all the way through without taking a break…however I still had to stop some of the balancing poses earlier.

      I can tell I burn A LOT of calories from it…and it has also within 4 classes improved my flexibility A LOT.

      It’s expensive and only taught in certain places, so if it’s sustainable….who knows.

      I’m actually going to my next class in 15 minutes :-)

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  1. Me

    You mean to tell me doing just ab exercises and cardio all month instead of doing compound exercises that use the major muscle groups of the body wasn’t enough to make you lose all of the stomach fat?? *gasp* I would’ve never seen this coming.

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    1. Neville Post author

      Dude,

      You realize I can see your IP address and know you’re the same negative commenter over and over.

      Hmmm…SHOULD I TRUST:
      Adam: A professional who has helped hundreds of people get slim and fit

      -or-

      You: An anonymous commenter who gives no proper advice and simply bashes people on my blog.

      Let me think about it.

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      1. Me

        I assumed you would know its the same person since i put the same name every time? I’m sorry but I’m having trouble believing he’s a “professional” if your workout routine was just cardio and ab exercises. It just does not make sense. If you go up to any random person and ask how to get rid of some excess fat and build abs they’d probably say eat healthier and do some ab exercises, which is why they’re random people and not professionals and I surely wouldn’t pay them $150 for that advice.

        I’ll admit sometimes I comment just to razz you, but I actually have a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and took several years of classes that focused solely on the body and exercise so I’m not just pulling things out of my ass here.

        And the first time I commented about this experiment I actually wasn’t just bashing I did offer advice. I said you should be doing multi-joint exercises of the major muscle groups which is pretty sound advice. That would use much more of muscles and much bigger muscles, AND your abs, and would use alot more energy than just doing ab exercises. I didn’t sit there and list exercises you should be doing because you commented back telling me i basically didn’t know what I was talking about so i figured I would wait and see how your experiment turned out before saying anything else.

        Like I said before ab muscles are small muscles and fat loss isn’t site specific. Yes some ab exercises could’ve been included in your workout to build up your abs some, but from a weight loss standpoint its equivalent to telling someone to do a ton of bicep curls everyday to lose weight. That’s not something a professional would tell you to do and that type of advice isn’t worth $150.

        And yes you need to come up with a routine that the client will like in order to keep their interest and make them want to do it, but you also have to come up with a routine that makes sense based on the goal. If a client comes to you and says hey I need an exercise routine to lose some weight, and I like playing hopscotch I assume the professional would tell her to eat healthier, and play hopscotch everyday? No you have to find exercises that the client likes that also make sense for the goal.

        I fully expect you to disagree with everything I’ve said because this is your friend’s business and you’re going to defend him to the death because this whole experiment seems to be basically a plug of his business.

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        1. Neville Post author

          You can gladly stop visiting my site, we’ll all miss you Mr. Anonymous-Don’t-Leave-An-Email-Or-Contact-But-Only-Offer-Half-Assed-Advice-And-Criticize-People Man!

        2. Me

          Hahaha how did I know you would have no rebuttal? First your argument is he’s a professional and i’m just a random guy, then I ask what makes him a professional and explain all of my claims and you want me to leave? I’m not the one charging you $150 per month for half-assed advice. But then again I doubt you paid the $150, he probably paid you some money to plug his scam on your site.

          Hey everybody I’ll save you some time and money. Eat fruits and vegetables instead of unhealthy food, do cardio, and also (insert random exercise that you like doing)!

        3. Austin

          “Hey everybody I’ll save you some time and money. Eat fruits and vegetables instead of unhealthy food, do cardio, and also (insert random exercise that you like doing)!” -Me

          Hmm… Isn’t this exactly what he was doing; eating healthy fruits and veggies while focusing on cardio and ab (a random exercise) workouts? In addition, Adam offered him sound advice and routines. I think you’re speaking through your ass.

        4. me

          That was the joke dumbass, I was telling everyone the horrible advice that they’ll apparently get for $150.

        5. Austin

          Right… it was a joke.

          Anyways, what Adams offering is sound advice. Nutrition and cardio: basically the 2 fundamentals of weight loss. In addition, an exercise that you like and makes you feel good is definitely a bonus (to both the mind AND body), so why not throw it in. Adam offered Nev information on what to eat, what cardio exercises to do, and gave him inspiration and professional advice. What are you giving him? Criticism and ridiculous “jokes.”

          Why are you still here if all you do is cause arguments and unnecessary disagreements? You went to college and have a degree? I sure as hell wouldn’t have been able to deduce that.

        6. Me

          See Austin you also have no clue about the actual workings of exercise or you would see how wrong and unprofessional and not sound the advice Nev was given was.

          Let me break it down for you and explain how exactly wrong this is. There will be no flames in this comment just straight facts and then you explain to me how the advice he was given was professional.

          I’m not talking about the nutritional advice so i’ll skip that.

          The basics of a good exercise routine are 1)cardio 2)strength training 3)stretching
          The cardio is fine and i’m not arguing about that.

          The strength training is completely wrong.
          -First off the abs are small muscles like your biceps or triceps. Doing several sets of 3-4 exercises that mainly just work one small muscle is incorrect. That is over-working the small muscle.

          Here’s an article which backs up what i’ve said, and this paragraph in particular is quite interesting:
          http://ezinearticles.com/?Abs:-How-Often-Should-You-Work-Your-Abs?&id=362847
          “Fortunately, the greatest body fat reductions are not achieved through multiple sets of high repetition abdominal exercises and therefore there is no need to waste your precious time performing endless sets of abdominal crunches. In fact, your time is better off spent including compound resistance exercises (exercise using many of the body’s large muscle groups; i.e. the squat, bench press, pull-ups, deadlifts, etc) and performing strategic anaerobic interval and aerobic training.”

          and
          “When you perform compound exercises and interval training you will realize that more muscles are working and more metabolic effort is necessary in comparison to a simple abdominal crunch. Remember that when you head back to the gym!”

          That sounds familiar….

          -Secondly you should have atleast 1 day of rest between your exercises of a single muscle group yet he has him working his abs everyday. Again thats definitely over-working the muscle group and not giving the muscle time to repair itself.

          -Thirdly whenever you work out a muscle group, you should also include exercises to work out the opposing muscle group. If you strengthen your abs but don’t strengthen your back muscles you are creating a weakness in your body which is what causes injuries.
          http://www.askmen.com/sports/bodybuilding_100/110_fitness_tip.html

          -Forth he’s using repetitive exercise of a small muscle as a form of fat burning which is also wrong. Doing ab workouts everyday is equivalent to him telling Nev to do a bunch of bicep curls everyday in order to burn fat. It does not make sense. This goes back to the link i posted early which talks about how compound exercises are better.

          -Fifth theres no stretching in this routine. Your muscle is a certain length. When you workout your muscle shortens and needs to be stretched back out to its normal length after each workout.

          Anybody who really doesn’t have a clue about how exercise works will look at the routine given to Nev and assume thats a good routine. It sounds good on paper as long as you have no clue about the inner workings of exercise. If you’ve ever studied this information in class you would know that almost the entire thing is wrong.

          There was no flaming in that comment, I just gave you the straight facts and broke it down as to how this is wrong and gave links to other websites which are all basically repeating exactly what I have been saying all along. Now please tell me how this information he gave Nev is “professional” when all of these other websites are saying you should not do all the things he advised Nev to do?

      2. Austin

        I’m not going to argue with a single fact you stated. Why? Because you are absolutely correct.

        However, this isn’t to say that what Nev has been doing and the advice he’s been receiving is wrong. Adam basically incorporated the fundamentals: cardio and nutrition, which I stated earlier. Stretching is the least important in my opinion, and, it can, in fact, lead to injuries, in regard to cold muscle, etc.

        We have no idea what has gone on behind the scenes between Nev and Adam either. Maybe Nev wanted to work a certain way and ONLY strengthen his ab muscles. Maybe he wouldn’t respond to certain pieces of advice Adam gave and do it his way. We have no idea about any of that so basing full assumptions upon what little information we have isn’t a great idea either, in regards to both you and me. I am, however, trying to back up Nev on this because we can clearly see the results and the information he’s presented is sound. It is NOT wrong. It may not be complete in all aspects, but maybe Nev didn’t want a complete body workout? In fact, I think I remember something about that… “Getting a Six Pack Experiment.” The title itself lets us know that he wants a 6-pack, something that is obtained through cardio, good nutrition, and lastly, ab exercises (which are the least important, however not obsolete).

        I, and you, don’t know the full routines or schedules he was on either. I’m also sure we don’t know the full story.

        What I am basically trying to say is that first, I take back my comment about no schooling. I basically respect you completely in regard to fitness. However, at deducing things and being a flaming jerk, that’s a different story.

        Second, we cannot presume things that we do not know.

        And third, he is not really doing anything wrong.

        Also, he stated that he was doing this for a month. Counter-exercising isn’t really a big deal when going at something for a month, it takes up time and energy. Stretching isn’t going to be all that important either. We have to remember that this was planned out for a month. I believe that Nev may want to try a different approach if he plans on continuing however.

        In my opinion getting into more arguments with you would be useless. You can comment back but as for me /posts.

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  2. Kristine

    Congrats Neville! That’s awesome. We should definitely hit up sweaty yoga sometime. I’ve got t-minus three weeks til that dreaded bikini picture. Here’s to following the Neville way…

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    1. Neville Post author

      Funny we go to the same yoga place…Will see you this weekend!

      P.S. I think 3 weeks is plenty of time to get in serious shape (if you stay consistent)….hence why I’ve been using MyBodyTutor.com

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    1. Neville Post author

      Considering most people join gyms ($70/month) plus buy all sorts of diet shit from the grocery per month ($100+/month) plus all sorts of diet pills ($30/month) plus all sorts of diet contraptions ($50/month)..

      $150/month is a freaking BARGAIN.

      Plus you DEFINITELY get in shape, and what you learn lasts a lifetime.

      Let’s just say I’m EXTREMELY happy with my purchase. I planned on staying for only one month, but it’s month two and I can’t imagine stopping anytime soon.

      100% worth it because it actually works…and keeps you consistent (The number one thing MBT stresses).

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    1. Neville Post author

      I know! Not bad!

      I can’t wait to see what month two will bring. The changes won’t be AS dramatic (as losing simple excess fat is easy), but hopefully I’ll have that six pack!

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  3. Adam Gilbert

    I always love the snarky comments. Nev’s work out plan was based off what *HE* felt comfortable with. The client must feel comfortable with the game plan, or else it won’t work, because they won’t stick to it.

    Also, there is a growing body of research proving that lean muscle doesn’t affect our metabolism all that much. The old thinking (and I used to subscribe to this too) is that the more lean muscle mass we have, the higher our BMR (basal metabolic rate). This isn’t necessarily true.

    @ME if you’re interested in these findings, please email me. I’m extremely passionate about this stuff and spend 3-5 hours a week reading up on the latest research.

    @Andy – I hear ya. MBT isn’t for everyone. It’s for those people who value their health and fitness and are willing to invest in themselves to guarantee they get the results they want. This isn’t a book or e-book.

    $149 isn’t peanuts, however, compared to a personal trainer/nutritionist/coach – for less than $38 per week – it’s extremely reasonable considering the amount of support you get. We’re truly with you day in and day out, meal by meal, workout by workout, to ensure we get you the body you want.

    -Adam

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    1. Neville Post author

      Great post Adam.

      You know you’re doing something right when you start pissing off the anonymous commenters.

      Besides, whatever you had me do this month obviously worked big time. I took off 15 lbs in ONE month….yeah, something was definitely right.

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    2. Me

      I’m just curious, what degrees and certifications you have?

      Also yes you need to find exercises the client is comfortable with, but ab exercises for total body fat loss does not make sense. You could’ve found exercises that he would feel comfortable with that involved the major muscles of the body. I’m sure they really won’t stick with the routine once they realize the routine you’ve given them isn’t accomplishing their goals. I’m sure he would’ve been really comfortable with a routine that involved sitting on his couch squeezing a stress ball and watching tv too, which ironically would’ve probably done about as much as good as the routine you gave him.

      And you honestly believe that a person with 100lbs of muscle requires the same amount of calories to maintain those muscles as a person with 200lbs of muscle? Really?

      Yes $150 is less than a personal trainer, but the difference is the personal trainer will actually give you a routine that makes sense and will actually have you achieving your goals. I’ll be honest Nev’s before and after look identical except he shaved 15lbs of hair off in between. Kidding, but I would honestly attribute the majority of the weight loss to the healthier eating and a very small amount to the exercise.

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    1. Neville Post author

      Mark,

      I don’t SHAVE it…I TRIM it.

      I’m Indian, so I can grow a forest on my chest if I don’t do some maintenance every few months ;-)

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  4. Austin

    Hey Nev, it’s my first time posting but I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years. I just thought it was important to let you know that I think you are simply amazing and truly inspiring. I also have some excess body fat (not alot, but a bit) that I’d like to lose and this will really help me get off my lazy butt and go for it! :)

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  5. Adam Gilbert

    @ME – I can’t believe I’m even wasting my time writing a response to an anonymous troll but here it goes:

    What don’t you understand? My client, Nev, is paying me $149 per month. Are you? He is freaking thrilled. My job isn’t to delight you. My job is to delight Nev!

    I’m not even sure what you mean by this:

    “And you honestly believe that a person with 100lbs of muscle requires the same amount of calories to maintain those muscles as a person with 200lbs of muscle? Really?”

    Did you even read my response to your initial comment? Obviously not.

    100 pounds or 200 pounds of muscle? That’s a lot of muscle! Anyway, all I said was that adding lean muscle mass won’t affect your BMR all that much. If you read up on the latest research you’d know this. Of course, someone who weighs 200 pounds is going to have a much higher BMR than a person who weighs 100 pounds!

    Why over-complicate health and fitness? Getting the body you want is about 3 things. Eating right. Exercising. And doing those 2 things consistently. That’s it!

    It’s not rocket science! But what’s extremely hard is the consistency part. And that’s where MBT excels: Helping people stay consistent.

    Spot reduction? Of course, you can’t spot reduce! Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym. Cardio is by far the most effective way to burn calories and by staying consistent with his diet and cardio and other exercises – he was able to lose 15 pounds – in one month!

    Your entire point of doing multi-joint exercises doesn’t make any sense because it’s all based on the argument that working bigger muscle groups is going to increase a person’s BMR – which isn’t the case.

    Again, Nev is paying me to help him get ABS. That was his goal! I said it before: Nev is NOT a typical client.

    My credentials? Haha I can’t believe I’m going to even entertain this but hey what the heck?

    I’m certified by both the NSCA and the NASM. I studied nutrition in college at Binghamton University – one of the best public universities in the country.

    I’ve been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, US News & World Report, Shape Magazine, Conde’ Nast Publications as their resident fitness expert, and I’ve been a featured guest on over a dozen radio stations throughout the country. In 2008, I was named as a ‘Millenial Leader’.

    And the credentials that I’m the most proud of?! That would be the 100’s of testimonials (http://www.mybodytutor.com/pages/testimonials) I have from thrilled clients as well as the before and after pictures of countless people of all ages, sizes and shapes I have on my website (http://www.mybodytutor.com/pages/case-studies ) and all over my office walls.

    I offer a 100% money back guarantee. If you DON’T have a problem staying consistent with your diet and exercise my program isn’t for you! However, if you don’t, you should be in great shape because that’s what it comes down to.

    What do I know, though? I’ve only been exercising since I was in 4th grade.

    Please. I know you get off on this but why not focus your efforts on something that actually makes a difference in the world? Do everyone a favor and read this post. I wrote it for people like you: http://www.gurugilbert.com/2008/11/05/i-bet-you-think-this-post-is-about-you/

    -Adam

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    1. Me

      No my point on multi-joint exercises isn’t that increasing muscle mass causes an increase in metabolism, my point is that you burn more calories working large muscle groups than you would working just your abs. Do you think you burn more calories doing crunches vs squats? or bicep curls vs pull downs? or tricep extensions vs bench press? I’ve spoken to several strength and conditioning coaches for college football teams, who are in charge of getting those kids in the best shape they’ve ever been in. How often do you think they have them doing crunches or other single-joint exercises? Never. Because they know you can get much more out of exercising the larger muscle groups in multi-joint exercises. But maybe you know something they don’t know. This all seems to be way over your head, which doesn’t surprise me because I doubt they cover all of this in online certifications. I don’t typically judge how good a personal trainer is by how many radio shows they’ve been on, and don’t think that really has anything to do with making you a professional.

      Also I’ve been playing baseball with friends for fun since the 4th grade so apparently I’m a professional baseball player now! If anyone needs to know how to play baseball like a professional just give me $150 and I’ll let you know because I’m clearly a professional and should be offering this type of advice to people. If you’re having any doubts, let me reassure you I read articles in ESPN all the time.

      Thats great that you studied nutrition at a university, but since I’m not arguing your nutritional advice that really has nothing to do with this either. Your exercise knowledge is what is in question. But while on the subject what nutrition classes did you take? I took some nutrition classes also, but there is a big difference in taking a few nutrition classes and having a degree in nutrition. What degree did you get in college, you seemed to accidentally leave that out. It obviously had to be some sort or fitness or nutrition based degree right? Or seeing as you were working with hedge funds is it safe to assume you got a degree in business or finance or accounting? So essentially you didn’t study fitness in college, but you like to workout so you claim to be a “guru” and offer advice to people on a subject that you get your knowledge about from reading articles online?

      What i meant by the 100 vs 200 lbs of muscle comment is that you said muscle mass has nothing to do with metabolism. Therefore according to you a 100lb person would require the same calories per day as a 200lb person to maintain their muscles. Which again is wrong. Had you studied fitness in school you would have learned this.

      No your clients aren’t paying you to “delight” them, they’re paying you to help them reach their goals. Hell you could probably “delight” him by telling him to go eat some ice cream but it will get him no closer to his goals than this sad routine you came up with. Your client is apparently paying you $150 for you to give them advice that does not work. He followed your advice exactly and there was literally no change in his physique. He lost 15lbs true, but i believe the goal was to get abs which you failed to meet. And the 15lbs weight loss is what Nev is claiming he lost, but since there were no pictures of scales he could just as easily be making that up just so you don’t look dumb.

      What I’m failing to understand is… he paid you $150 to help him meet his goal.. you failed to meet the goal yet he’s going to pay you another $150? What happens in the second month? Do you just tell him to continue on the wrong routine so he can fail to meet his goal for 2 months in a row? Or do you realize you’ve got him doing it wrong and change his routine? It would make no sense to pay you another $150 to give him the same routine. But i assume this will all be addressed at the end of this month when Nev still looks the same as he did when he first started.

      I’m sorry we can’t all be a self-proclaimed fitness “guru” and make such a great difference in the world spreading our misinformation to the clueless. I will have to settle for entering medical school this year and getting my doctorate in physical therapy.

      That is a great article you wrote. So essentially anyone who criticizes you for giving people bad advice is wrong for being negative, but you’re right because you’re being positive as you give people the wrong information? Yeah that makes a ton of sense.

      I’m not criticizing you just to be negative, I’m doing it because you’re not a professional, you have no formal education on this subject and you’re giving bad information to people. A certification isn’t necessarily something to be bragging about considering there are tons of certifications available online. These places offer a CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist) cert which requires a bachelors degree in exercise science which i have, and a CPT cert which joe-schmoe off the street can get which doesn’t require any sort of formal education. So Mr Schmoe, which certifications did you get, the CSCS or CPT?

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        1. Me

          I’ve already posted links to several websites that say the exact same thing i’ve been saying all along, all of which say what he told you to do is wrong. If you’re still going to act like I’m wrong then you’re simply in denial or just sticking up for a friend even though you know he’s wrong.

          I have not “overcomplicated” anything. Point out which part of my argument is not true please.

  6. Juan Carlos Moya

    Hello I foind your blog really similar to my blog, so I invite you to follow me and share your amazing ideas with me, also a few months ago I was able to loose 20 kilos in lesss than three months you can see the videos maybe they might help you with your abs project. so keep in touch.

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    And here is the third month of my journey losing weight you can see my final results:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PC9PEC2PRA

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  7. brian

    I have to chime in here because I’ve been closely watching this experiment unfold after a friend told me about it and am truly amazed at Nev’s progress but am also disturbed by @Me’s comments.

    I’m upset for a number of reasons. First off, my wife is certified by the NSCA and she went to a class every night for 16 weeks in order to take the exam.

    And to your point, I do think the fact that he’s been so passionate about his fitness since 4th grade plays a huge role! I don’t know (or didn’t know) any 4th graders like that!! He’s obviously been living what he teachers for quite a long time. If you were trying to build a company would you rather listen to an MBA or someone who’s built a successful company from the ground up? Seems like he’s got both the education and experience and obviously the passion which is so important.

    But what’s amazing to me is that Adam helped Nev lose 15+ in 30 days and @ME can’t acknowledge that. 15 pounds in 30 days is out of this world! Anyone who knows anything about fitness knows that the only way you’d be able to see a six-pack is by getting under 10 percent body fat.

    The only way to get under 10 percent body fat is to burn fat. By far the 2 most effective ways to do that are through diet and exercise in the form of cardio. I think what @ME is forgetting is that Adam only had 1 (ONE) month to help Nev get a 6-pack.

    I guarantee that if Adam had more time he’d put Nev on a comprehensive weight lifting/cardio/diet plan. In fact, I know he would because I’ve read a bunch of his articles and he’s written extensively about it. (I was intrigued enough to check out his site.)

    However, for a 1 month experiment adding weights and compound movements wouldn’t make any sense in Nev’s sole quest of getting a 6-pack.

    Being a health and fitness professional is tough because everyone thinks they know what they’re doing or talking about. Believe me. I’ve seen it with my wife umpteen times. Everything thinks they have the right answer.

    What I love about Adam’s concept is that he states that for the most part, we all know what to do. And that we’re just not doing it. He’s spot on with the consistency factor.

    However, there’s always a way to tell the difference between the have and have nots for those who are actually in this crazy business. It’s by results. The amount of case studies, testimonials and good word about MBT and Adam is just overwhelmingly positive. And to his defense, he writes about his finance background on the website which is smart because it adds to his story and makes it that much more interesting.

    It truly irks me when people think they know what they’re talking about but don’t and personally attack people who are doing good in this world.

    As far as the frequency of ab exercises, we have no idea what Adam was telling him and what Nev chose to do. Austin is exactly right.

    “We have no idea what has gone on behind the scenes between Nev and Adam either. Maybe Nev wanted to work a certain way and ONLY strengthen his ab muscles. Maybe he wouldn’t respond to certain pieces of advice Adam gave and do it his way. We have no idea about any of that so basing full assumptions upon what little information we have isn’t a great idea either, in regards to both you and me.

    I am, however, trying to back up Nev on this because we can clearly see the results and the information he’s presented is sound. It is NOT wrong. It may not be complete in all aspects, but maybe Nev didn’t want a complete body workout? In fact, I think I remember something about that… “Getting a Six Pack Experiment.” The title itself lets us know that he wants a 6-pack, something that is obtained through cardio, good nutrition, and lastly, ab exercises (which are the least important, however not obsolete).”

    Sorry for such a long comment. Just wanted to add in my $.02. And congrats on your success, Nev. Your hard work clearly paid off!

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    1. Neville Post author

      Brian,

      Thanks for the FANTASTIC comment and feedback. I’ve learned to simply ignore anonymous commenters who post junk, but others may not be so good….so it’s good to hear a proper retort against @Me.

      Adam got rid of 15 lbs in 30 days off a person who wasn’t even overweight…I’m not really sure how you can argue against that.

      You and Austin hit it on the head…I did NOT post my full conversations with Adam, so it’s impossible for anyone to know the full plan….and of course I wanted the results in one month :-)

      I have actually been very impressed with my results and the way I feel…so much that I’ve stuck with MyBodyTutor for another month (maybe even more) so I can INGRAIN these good eating habits in myself…permanently.

      I know so many people who’ve already signed up to Adam’s service, and you got it right Brian, they ALL know what to do. The problem is that word plastered all over MyBodyTutor: CONSISTENCY!!!

      Thanks again for the well thought out and useful feedback, enjoyed it :-)
      -Nev

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      1. longhegrin

        Results count.

        15 pounds in 30 days is extremely above average. Is @Me saying that 15 pounds in 30 days is a below average result?

        At the risk of making @Me upset about choosing bicycle sit ups instead of squats, may I ask how you counted reps? With a squat, one rep is when you start from a standing position, squat down, then return to a standing position. But with bicycle sit ups, you have the left knee and the right knee moving at different times. Did you count each knee as one rep, or did you count one pair (left knee + right knee) as one rep?

        1 rep = LEFT
        1 rep = RIGHT
        1 rep = LEFT

        or

        0.5 rep = LEFT
        0.5 rep = RIGHT
        0.5 rep = LEFT

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        1. Neville Post author

          I believe I count each knee touch as a “rep” …and also make sure to give a small pause at each knee to give that little extra intensity.

  8. longhegrin

    Thanks for the reply!

    By the way, why don’t you delete comments that are not constructive, or comments that are not relevant to the topic? Is it because the system won’t allow you or because you choose not to do it?

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    1. Neville Post author

      Longhegrin,

      I like to keep comments unless they are spam. Yes, sometimes there are idiots who post dumb comments, but it often stirs up interest and brings people to the defense.

      In real life you have to deal with idiots with loud voices, I guess online is no exception :-)

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  9. Sixpacker

    Read a lot of the comments and your doing good. But there are 2 issues that need to be addressed here.
    1) Adam is right about cardio and nutrition and weight loss, however, I agree with ME regarding the lack of strenghth training. It isnt Adams fault for this but he developed a routine for Nev based on how Nev wanted, If i were training someone Id make a routine that wasnt as comfortable because some of the things uncomfortable are the things that need to be done to achieve a ripped six pack… Nev’s goal was to get a six pack not just lose weight and thus some things that were not done should have been done rather than catering to the client in fear of the client not liking it…getting a six pack is about losing fat but not necessarily losing WEIGHT… where are the pull ups? hanging leg lifts, weighted crunches for example? These are things that will build more muscle hence make you gain wait…but the wait you gain if done correctly will show in the form of more meat on your abs…losing weight is not everything, and gaining weight is not bad all the time.
    2) Nutrition. I hope your eating a protein high diet (lots of water) if youre at such a negative in calorie intake. You werent fat at all to begin with and losing 15 pounds should have given you a six pack already put it looks like your not eating enough protein consistently at the same time with weight training and perhaps just losing valuable weight in muscle mass along with your fatburn…
    Trust me looking at your beginning pic, you should have been where you wanted to be already.

    You should of started going to the gym along with your cardio, lifting weights where your core is worked out gaining in weight over weeks at the same time eating more but not in carbs(energy) but in protein ( building blocks) so you could eventually stay around your current wieght but but instead of fat it is pure muscle because you starved your body of carbs(energy) and forced it to use your reserves on your belly but only feed it muscle building material. Then you would have been rock solid maybe the same weight you began but just muscular and your abs would alone perhaps been double in weight which means showing through…I was 150lbs and flabby when i started now im 160 with a six pack doing gorilla pull ups, bench, leg lifts, jump rope, swiming, running the whold 9 yards…so you see I gained weight…emaciated, starving, and malnutritioned people dont have six packs…hope this helps…

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  10. brian

    Wow! Do people love to hear themselves talk just for the sake of it – even when what they’re saying makes no sense whatsoever!

    How many times does someone have to say that we have no idea what Nev was doing besides what he posted? You think Nev was only doing the 3 Ab exercises he posted?

    I have to laugh because, Adam, at least in his writing, is the king of pushing people to the point of discomfort. He writes about it all the time. I’m sure he was pushing Nev, and I’m sure he was doing other things that he didn’t post.

    Of course, weight has nothing to do with it. It’s about fat loss. Obviously! Did you look at the pictures? What you said proves you have no idea what you’re talking about. You can’t spot reduce. There’s no such thing unless you get surgery.

    The only way to burn fat is to create a calorie deficit and he certainly did that. The only way to see abs is to get below 10% body fat.

    In 1 month, it wouldn’t make sense to introduce compound exercises. The goal in a 1 month experiment is to shed as much body fat as possible. If this was a 3 month experiment I’d bet Adam would have him on a much more comprehensive weight lifting program.

    Also, your point about doing weighted crunches is way off base. Weighted crunches don’t give you a 6-pack. In fact, they might even make your stomach look very bulky, which doesn’t seem like it was the look Nev was seeking out.

    Finally, your last paragraph makes no sense.

    ‘Using your reserves on your belly” what websites are you reading? Do you have any idea what you’re talking about? Stop hating on Adam and Nev. Nev achieved extraordinary results in 30 days!

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    1. sixpacker

      If you dont get my last paragraph your reading comprehension skills need work. Get an education, i got a sixpack and I’m an MD for W.P. Hospital. I know what im saying in regards to this subject.

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  11. Benedict Beitzel

    The barbell curl specifically targets the biceps brachii which is located on the front part of the arm between the shoulder and the elbow. This muscle’s primary function is elbow flexion and forearm supination. The biceps also has two heads known as the long head and the short head..-`^

    Ciao for now
    <http://www.healthmedicinejournal.com/

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