Ever since times of antiquity, mankind has been obsessed with the quest for the perfect physique. Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of David is a case in point regarding what we as people perceive to be the human ideal. Not surprisingly, the ancient king of Israel is depicted as being ripped.
Little has changed over the past two millenniums. The ideal remains the same, though times may change. Men and women everywhere secretly dream of sculpting their body into a living masterpiece.
The Truth About Abs, written by Mike Geary, is considered to be the #1 book in the world on getting six pack abs. To date, it is reported to have sold over 439,000 copies in 163 countries. But is it worth trying? Can it really help someone get six pack abs?
What is it?
The Truth About Abs is a program developed by Mike Geary that seeks to address the main reason why people can’t see their abdominal muscles. Namely, how to lose the stubborn belly fat that is covering up their abs. The author cuts through all the common myths about getting abs like a weed-eater yielding Tasmanian devil and presents an eye-opening method based on the latest nutritional and scientific research.
But Beware: Mike is not interested in being politically correct. Instead he takes on the top sacred cows of the diet and fitness industry and grills them with the precision of an iron chef. His program is not about crunches or sit-ups, grueling cardio sessions, “magic” fat-burning pills or any of the latest exercise gadgets hawked on late night television.
Another unique feature about The Truth About Abs program is that it does not focus entirely on ab-specific exercises. Instead it lays out a unique system of full-body training coupled with strategic exercise combinations and sequencing. This causes your body to increase your metabolic rate and triggers a powerful fat-burning hormonal response.
An A-Z comprehensive dietary plan which includes fat-melting nutritional strategies is a critical part of The Truth About Abs program. I found it to be easy to follow and surprisingly delicious.
What I Liked
I didn’t feel deprived or hungry while following The Truth About Abs program. I was able to eat like a man, not like a bird. Mike includes over 84 specific fat-melting meal plans specifically designed to give you a flat stomach.
Easy to follow descriptions with full pictures of the most effective abdominal exercises are included. I was really surprised by the exercises Mike said one should AVOID like the plague. I was guilty of doing some of them and I noticed a difference as soon as I stopped doing them.
I really liked how the Truth About Abs was developed to accommodate people of any fitness level. It includes beginner, intermediate and advanced level workout and progressions. I was out of shape when I started the program, but was still able to do most of the advanced exercises, just with lighter weights.
The nutrition section of the book alone was worth the investment of the purchase price and really opened my eyes to dozens of things I didn’t realize I was doing wrong with my eating habits.
What I Didn’t Like
I don’t want to be overly critical, but I think it’s important to include a couple points here.
The first is that I wish there were videos for some of the exercises. The pictures and descriptions are fine, but on some of the exercises I was worried I wasn’t doing it properly.
Next, a couple of the more advanced exercises in the program, I wasn’t able to perform at home. That’s because you needed to use a cable machine for them, like the kind you find at a fitness club. If you’re already a member of a fitness club, then this won’t be a problem for you. I prefer to workout in my home gym. But really it wasn’t a big deal and I didn’t feel like my results were any worse because of it.
Finally, some of the workout routines were on the longer side. The full-body workouts in The Truth About Abs training program take anywhere from 20-50 minutes. I usually tried to do my workout in the morning before I went to work. So, on some days it felt like I was pushing it for time. After I got comfortable with the system, I modified a couple of the routines so they were 30 minutes long and feel like I still saw the results I wanted.
My Overall Thoughts
In my opinion, The Truth About Abs presents a unique program of exercise, nutrition and workout plans that helped me burn some very stubborn stomach fat. It’s given me the right mindset, motivation and nutritional strategy for long-term fat loss. If you’re tired of eating like a bird and doing boring cardio workouts then this is definitely worth checking out.