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By Mike Geary
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Author/Founder of TruthAboutAbs.com
COPYRIGHT(c) 2007
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.0 INTRODUCTION..................................................................................................................................1
2.0 TRAINING STRATEGIES..................................................................................................................5
2.1 Bad Cardio vs. Good Cardio......................................................................................................6
2.2 Body Part Isolation vs. Complex Movements in Strength Training ...................................9
2.3 Tired of the Same Old 3 Sets of 10? So is Your Body! Discover How to Manipulate
Training Variables ............................................................................................................................. 11
2.4 Your Workouts Need Both Consistency and Variability for Max Results...................... 13
2.5 The Ultimate Hard-Body Exercise ......................................................................................... 15
2.6 Barbell, Kettlebell, and Dumbbell Complexes - a Different Style of Weight Training for
a Ripped Body ................................................................................................................................... 18
2.7 Top 15 Non-Traditional, Muscle-Building, Fat Blasting Workouts! ................................. 22
3.0 NUTRITION STRATEGIES ............................................................................................................ 31
3.1 Post-Workout Nutrition: Secrets to a Hard, Lean Body .................................................... 32
3.2 Don't be Afraid of Dietary Fat! Even Some Saturated Fats are Healthy for You......... 34
3.3 Healthy Trans Fats vs. Unhealthy Trans Fats Revealed.................................................. 42
3.4 The Top Fitness Foods to Stock Your Cabinets With...Making Smart Choices Starts
at the Grocery Store ......................................................................................................................... 45
3.5 Are Vitamin/Mineral Supplements Necessary or Just Money Down the Toilet? ......... 51
3.6 Make Healthier Choices When Forced to Eat Fast-Food................................................. 54
Disclaimer: No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written
permission except in the case of brief quotations utilized in articles and reviews. The programs and information
expressed within this book are not medical advice, but rather represent the author's opinions and are solely for
informational and educational purposes. The author is not responsible in any manner whatsoever for any injury
or health condition that may occur through following the programs and opinions expressed herein. Dietary
information is presented for informational purposes only and may not be appropriate for all individuals. Consult
with your physician before starting any exercise program or altering your diet.

1.0 INTRODUCTION
I hope you enjoy your copy of Training & Nutrition Insider Secrets for a Lean-
Body. Please feel free to email this e-book to any of your friends, family, or co-
workers that you think would enjoy these topics. They will surely be thrilled that you
shared all of this information with them!
Inside this e-book, you're going to find various powerful strategies to make your
training and nutrition program more exciting and result producing. You'll find out
the truth about cardio. You'll discover some extremely effective strength training
exercises, tips, and strategies. You'll even discover some new training styles that
have emerged in recent years as well as some fresh ideas you've probably never
thought of before. I'll also give you some great healthy meal ideas and unbiased
nutritional strategies...none of that low-carb or low-fat gimmicky crap! I'm also NOT
going to give you any of the same old BS that you've heard from mainstream
health professionals about how you need to do endless hours of boring cardio
routines, and eat nothing but bland meals like tuna and rice, or plain grilled chicken
with broccoli in order to get in great shape. HELL NO!
Instead, I'm going to show you that you can enjoy life to the fullest while
simultaneously building the body of your dreams and increasing your energy so
that you feel like a million bucks every single day. Not only that, but you'll be able
to perform like never before...whether it's performing physical tasks at home,
dominating the competition on the playing field, or even performing in the bedroom!
Yes, these are all just the start of some of the benefits of striving to achieve your
own peak fitness.
Aside from the fact that you can take action now and improve how you look, feel,
and perform, one of the most important aspects of taking responsibility for your
own fitness is that you'll live a longer, happier life and reduce your risk of
degenerative diseases. In all seriousness, the health condition of the majority of
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become a crisis. In the US, experts estimate that approximately 70% of the adult
population is currently overweight or obese. That means that if you are a lean and
healthy individual, you are a minority! It has literally become the norm for most
people to be out of shape, overweight, and ridden with degenerative diseases like
type-II diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. That's pretty sad. With as fast as
obesity rates are increasing, if things don't change soon, we could very likely see 9
out of every 10 people as overweight or obese in another decade or two.
Something needs to give. People need to start taking responsibility for their own
health and fitness and that of their families. Nobody else is going to do it. The
billion dollar food manufacturing companies sure aren't going to do it. All they want
to do is make huge profits by selling you cheap junk food, heavily refined and
processed full of chemicals that are causing a cellular disaster within your body.
The billion dollar pharmaceutical companies sure aren't going to look out for your
health either. Hell, they want you to be sicker than ever, so that you'll have to buy
more of their medicines. And the rich supplement companies won't look out for
your health either. They love the fact that people are getting fatter all the time, so
that they can persuade you with fancy marketing into thinking that there's a quick-
fix solution and all you have to do is spend lots of money on some of their pills and
you'll magically be lean and mean without changing anything else in your life.
It's pretty simple as to why the world is becoming a fatter place at an astonishing
rate. For one, the population has become increasingly more sedentary over the
years. Kids no longer spend most of their time running around and playing games
outside. Now, they spend more time inside playing video games or surfing the web
on the computer. Adults do less manual labor than ever before. Technology allows
us to be lazier than ever and perform as little movement as we want on a daily
basis. This simply means that we must intentionally add extra movement to our
daily lives in this day and age where we're not required to do much movement any
more. My thinking is...why does it have to be a chore to add movement to your
daily life? It should be the opposite...you should be active because you enjoy it!
For example, if you're not the least bit interested in weight training, then find
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something you do like such as swimming, rock climbing, mountain biking, or
competitive sports, and enjoy it on a regular basis.
Another reason the world is becoming fatter is that our food supply has become
more heavily processed, refined, filled with chemicals, and modified from its natural
state over the years. Everybody thinks that they don't have time in this fast-paced
world to prepare their own meals anymore, so they grab quick junk foods from
corner stores, fast food joints, and restaurants.
This habit makes it that much
harder to stay healthy and lean, because THEY aren't looking out for your health.
Only YOU can do that!
The solution is easy! First, we need to make smart whole food decisions, and
prepare our own meals. Second, we need to get out and move. Our bodies are
meant to move and be active on a regular basis. That's the simplest way to look at
it. Now let's get down to some of the insider secrets from a fitness junkie on how
you can get top notch results out of both your training and your nutrition programs.
This E-book will provide you with tons of ideas to take your workouts to a whole
new level and to open your mind with respect to your diet. After you read this E-
book, if you want to really step it up and discover the entire system that I've
created, that 10's of thousands of people all over the world are using now for
developing a lean, rock hard body, check out my Truth about Six Pack Abs
program. This program is fully comprehensive with everything you need to know if
you're serious about your body. The Truth about Six Pack Abs program is not just
about doing abs exercises. It's about smart full-body training and nutrition
strategies for reducing your body fat to levels so that you can finally see your abs,
and bring out eye-catching muscle tone throughout your entire body.
On another note, if you haven't signed up yet for my FREE Lean Body Fitness
Secrets Ezine, what are you waiting for? I'll send you a brand new E-zine every
couple weeks giving you all kinds of hard-body tips and strategies that you can go
out and use right away to get better results and achieve the body that you're
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looking for. As thanks for signing up, I will give you instant access to several free
bonuses that I think you'll like. First, I'll give you your own personalized metabolic
rate calculator that will take into account all of your personal characteristics and
calculate your approximate calorie requirements for whether you want to lose
weight, gain weight, or maintain. Second, I'll give you free access to five of my own
secret hard-body workout routines. I guarantee these routines will take your
workouts to a new level of intensity and are way different than anything you've ever
tried before! Sign up now if you're not already a member. Go to the `free fat loss
report' tab at the top of the page.
Before we get into the meat of this, let me give you a little more info about myself
so that you can get to know me a little better. My name is Mike Geary and I'm a
nationally Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Specialist.
I'm the
owner of TruthAboutAbs.com & BusyManFitness.com and have authored the
internationally selling book The Truth about Six Pack Abs, with 10's of thousands
of readers in over 100 countries world-wide. I'm also contributing writer for Muscle
& Fitness Hers Magazine, a "Platinum Expert Author" by Ezinearticles.com, and
have had my fitness articles published on over 1000 fitness related websites
around the world. Just so you know that I'm a real person, here's a couple pics of
me performing 2 of my favorite & most challenging drills...the overhead squat and
the deadlift.
Alright, enough about me...now let's get to some good material!
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TRAINING STRATEGIES
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2.1 Bad Cardio vs. Good Cardio
It is common to hear fitness professionals and medical doctors prescribe low to
moderate intensity aerobic training (cardio) to people who are trying to prevent
heart disease or lose weight.
Most often, the recommendations constitute
something along the lines of "perform 30-60 minutes of steady pace cardio 3-5
times per week maintaining your heart rate at a moderate level". Before you just
give in to this popular belief and become the "hamster on the wheel" doing endless
hours of boring cardio, I'd like you to consider some recent scientific research that
indicates that steady pace endurance cardio work may not be all it's cracked up to
be.
First, realize that our bodies are designed to perform physical activity in bursts of
exertion followed by recovery, or stop-and-go movement instead of steady state
movement. Recent research is suggesting that physical variability is one of the
most important aspects to consider in your training. This tendency can be seen
throughout nature as animals almost always demonstrate stop-and-go motion
instead of steady state motion. In fact, humans are the only creatures in nature
that attempt to do "endurance" type physical activities. Most competitive sports
(with the exception of endurance running or cycling) are also based on stop-and-go
movement or short bursts of exertion followed by recovery. To examine an
example of the different effects of endurance or steady state training versus stop-
and-go training, consider the physiques of marathoners versus sprinters. Most
sprinters carry a physique that is very lean, muscular, and powerful looking, while
the typical dedicated marathoner is more often emaciated and sickly looking. Now
which would you rather resemble?
Another factor to keep in mind regarding the benefits of physical variability is the
internal effect of various forms of exercise on our body. Scientists have known that
excessive steady state endurance exercise (different for everyone, but sometimes
defined as greater than 60 minutes per session most days of the week) increases
free radical production in the body, can degenerate joints, reduces immune
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function, causes muscle wasting, and can cause a pro-inflammatory response in
the body that can potentially lead to chronic diseases. On the other hand, highly
variable cyclic training has been linked to increased anti-oxidant production in the
body and an anti-inflammatory response, a more efficient nitric oxide response
(which can encourage a healthy cardiovascular system), and an increased
metabolic rate response (which can assist with weight loss). Furthermore, steady
state endurance training only trains the heart at one specific heart rate range and
doesn't train it to respond to various every day stressors.
On the other hand,
highly variable cyclic training teaches the heart to respond to and recover from a
variety of demands making it less likely to fail when you need it. Think about it this
way -- Exercise that trains your heart to rapidly increase and rapidly decrease will
make your heart more capable of handling everyday stress. Stress can cause your
blood pressure and heart rate to increase rapidly. Steady state jogging and other
endurance training does not train your heart to be able to handle rapid changes in
heart rate or blood pressure. Steady state exercise only trains the heart at one
specific heart rate, so you don't get the benefit of training your entire heart rate
range.
The important aspect of variable cyclic training that makes it superior over steady
state cardio is the recovery period in between bursts of exertion. That recovery
period is crucially important for the body to elicit a healthy response to an exercise
stimulus. Another benefit of variable cyclic training is that it is much more
interesting and has lower drop-out rates than long boring steady state cardio
programs.
To summarize, some of the potential benefits of variable cyclic training compared
to steady state endurance training are as follows: improved cardiovascular health,
increased anti-oxidant protection, improved immune function, reduced risk for joint
wear and tear, reduced muscle wasting, increased residual metabolic rate
following exercise, and an increased capacity for the heart to handle life's every
day stressors. There are many ways you can reap the benefits of stop-and-go or
variable intensity physical training. One of the absolute most effective forms of
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variable intensity training to really reduce body fat and bring out serious muscular
definition is performing wind sprints or hill sprints. Also, most competitive sports
such as football, basketball, racquetball, tennis, hockey, etc. are naturally
comprised of highly variable stop-and-go motion.
In addition, weight training
naturally incorporates short bursts of exertion followed by recovery periods. High
intensity interval training (varying between high and low intensity intervals on any
piece of cardio equipment) is yet another training method that utilizes exertion and
recovery periods. For example, an interval training session on the treadmill could
look something like this:
* Warm-up for 3-4 minutes at a fast walk or light jog
* Interval 1 - run at 8.0 mi/hr for 1 minute
* Interval 2 - walk at 4.0 mi/hr for 1.5 minutes
* Interval 3 - run at 10.0 mi/hr for 1 minute
* Interval 4 - walk at 4.0 mi/hr for 1.5 minutes
Repeat those 4 intervals 4 times for a very intense 20-minute workout.
The take-away message from this section is to try to train your body at highly
variable intensity rates for the majority of your workouts to get the most beneficial
response in terms of heart health, fat loss, and muscle maintenance.
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