Fitness is 80% mental and 20% physical.
You have to be mentally prepared before you undergo any
radical changes in lifestyle. Quality of training, nutrition
and supplementation is better than quantity. Don’t
spend needless hours in the gym with no appreciable results.
Muscles need time for recovery. Yes it is true that some
muscles recover faster than others; be kind, give them all
a least a day’s rest including abdominals. There is
no such thing as spot reduction. Working your abs only won’t
give you a six pack. Nutrition and anaerobic work will.
No, not aerobic work, anaerobic work.
The fastest way to lose body fat is to weight train and
work the anaerobic energy system coupled with sound nutritional
advice. Train the aerobic energy system for long duration
events and couple this with sport specific activities and
Muscles do not turn to fat when you
stop training. Apples do not turn to oranges; they have
different cell structures. Likewise, muscle cells cannot
turn to fat cells or vice versa for that matter. If you
stop training, your muscles will atrophy (or waste away).
If you consume the same amount of food as when you were
training and then suddenly stop training, the additional
calories that are not burned as energy will be stored as
Also, your metabolism will slow down and become less efficient
at burning body fat. Building muscles does not reduce flexibility.
Failure to stretch will reduce flexibility. Active stretching
before training or events, stretch for range of motion after
you are done.
Stretching is a fast, cheap effective
way to gain speed. If your body is fighting itself to gain
a longer stride, or kick (in the case of martial arts) your
performance will suffer.