The best abs I've ever had was actually 10 years apart. 1998 and 2008. Let's review both:
1998: College: I was working out in the gym 6x a week, running 6x a week, and doing abs 7 days a week. Let's just say I had a lot of "free time". Diet was whatever my parents made for dinner, and drinking was about 4 days a week. Mostly Old English. For abs I got up to the point where I was doing 1,000 situps a night, every single night. I actually got to the point where I had testicular pain, and I ran to the Doctor thinking I had cancer. My abs were pretty insane that summer.
2008: Working full time: At this point I was doing weights 6x a week, and running 3-4 times a week. I was actually only doing Abs 2-3 a week, and only for a couple of minutes. The big difference between 1998 and 2008 was that the weights were A LOT heavier in the gym, and my diet was SUPER strict. Cardio in 1998 and 2008 was very similar, everything fast and under 3 miles.
2012: I think I might try to do 1,000 sit ups a night again. I just cut down to 163lbs from 173, and I plan on going into the mid 150's. I went all out tonight and I was only able to get around 125 situps after a couple sets, so It might take a while. So this year my workout will be 5x a week of weights, 3-4 days a week of running, and 1,000 situps a night.
This is today's picture,I only have 3 1/2 abs but I am starting to get the top side pockets. Power Out
Are you interested in working out, but have no idea how? That's where I was until a year and a half ago. I avoided the gym because I was so clueless about what to do there that I didn't want to make a fool of myself.
Looking information on the internet is almost pointless, because every document out there is for people who know what they're doing. I didn't.
I finally got an idea of what to do when I moved to LA. One of my roommates, Tyler, is considered to be perhaps the most obsessed and analytical pickup artist in the business. I mean that in a good way - for a while he made it his life, and as a result he got to the top faster than anyone else ever has.
Today I finished Yoga X, and thus, since it is week 4, one month of P90X. Tomorrow is a rest/stretch day, so come Sunday, I'll be in phase 2.
So here are my thoughts after one phase. I have kept detailed notes almost every day, but this is more of a summation of my first 28 days.
First Week- The first week is the toughest, as everyone says. I could do about half of the first three workouts, but once Yoga X came around, I felt a lot better. My estimation of the first two workouts was that P90X is easier than crossfit.
Nights- I had been having this weird thing happen, almost like a panic attack or a histamine reaction, at nights after doing cardio. Before P90X, I had been running three times a week as my only exercise. I call it "night fever", it's where my body seems to get hot, my heart rate speeds to about 80-90, and my nostrils get kind of congested. Perhaps it is due to allergies, although I think I got it once up in Wisconsin during the winter. Either way, it happened a little on the first two nights, and then never again but like once barely randomly. Maybe it was all in my head, but I decided to breathe through it if it ever comes on or I feel it. Also, note that I started working out after sunset as opposed to before. If it's allergies, that would explain it.
Nutrition is Important- In addition to night fever, I get this weird shit where my heart rate goes up into 80-90 depending on my posture and what I've eaten and it feels like a switch has been turned on. Fuck that. I hate it. I had my worst bout about two months before starting P90X, after eating three appetizers from Applebees at 1 AM. Fuck that shit. I can't stress it enough, seriously damn that symptom to hell. I've pretty much stuck to the nutrition plan in P90X, but one time I deviated and ate a Whataburger Chop House Cheddar Burger at 1:30 AM. When I layed down at like 4, guess who showed up? That fucker did. I couldn't really sleep until it was much more digested. And the burger wasn't as good as I had remembered. Screw unhealthy food, I'm sticking with the good stuff.