Here is a supersetted leg & back workout I posted this morning on my ABFITT FB page. When asked about "getting abs" my first question is "do you squat"? I can promise you this, healthy foods and solid leg training will help develop your core better than any crunch, ever! Live fit, be fit!

>Indicates no rest move right to the next exercise

Squats>Pullups 5x10

Stiff legged deadlifts>seated row wide grip 4x10

Reverse grip front squats>one arm dumbbell rows 4x10

Dead lifts>Pull downs 4x10

(Tri Set)
Leg extension>bent over BB rows>lying leg curl 3x12-20

20 min cardio hill climb:-)

Fitness Food Must Have's...what you need to know about these lean body foods.

1. Eggs

Benefits: Muscle Building, Disease Fighting

The sunny side of eggs is that they have an exceptionally high protein biological value. In laymen’s terms, the biological value is a measure of how easily and quickly the amino acids in a food can be used for protein synthesis within the body. The upshot is that cracking a daily egg or two can help stimulate muscle protein synthesis, which is the ticket to a brag-worthy physique. What’s more, Canadian researchers recently discovered the mighty egg contains potent antioxidant properties, which aids muscle recovery and fends off chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Nutritional Data:
1 whole large egg: 71 calories; 6 grams of protein; 0 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams fat; 1.5 grams saturated fat

According to Nutrition & Food Science, eating an egg a day reduces degeneration of skeletal muscle and safeguards against many of the risks of aging.

2. Grass-Fed Beef

Benefits: Muscle Building, Fat Burning

Indeed, the grass is greener on the other side. A recent investigation by California researchers in Nutrition Journal reported that beef raised on a pasture-based diet has higher levels of fat-burning omega-3 fats than their counterparts stuffed on corn. (Omega-3s also maintain the flexibility of arteries, allowing them to deliver more oxygen and nutrients to working muscles.) Additionally, researchers found the grass-fed beef has a higher concentration of conjugated-linoleic acid (CLA), which may increase fat-oxidation during a workout. Like other red meats, grass-fed beef is a dietary source of creatine, a compound lauded for helping boost strength in the gym, and thus paving the way for muscle growth.

Because grass-fed beef is leaner than the grain-fed variety, its cooking time is shorter. To ensure the best cooked grass-fed beef possible, first bring it to room temperature before throwing it on the grill.

Nutritional Data:
6 ounces lean strip steak: 198 calories; 36 grams protein; 0 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams fat; 1.5 grams saturated fat.

With only five grams of fat per six-ounce serving, extra-lean ground beef serves up more than
one-third of your daily iron, zinc, and selenium requirements.

3. Skim Milk

Benefits: Muscle Building, Fat Burning

It’s always a good idea to stock your fridge with plenty of milk. A 2011 Journal of Nutrition study determined that higher intakes of dairy can stimulate fat loss while bolstering lean body mass gain. Milk’s high-quality protein and calcium are likely what produced these results. For a better fat-to-protein ratio, select reduced-fat (2%) or skim versions.

Nutritional Data:
1 cup reduced-fat milk: 122 calories; 8 grams protein; 12 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat

In addition to providing 38% of your daily value of calcium and 15% of your DV of potassium per cup, low-fat milk helps control your blood pressure.

4. Greek Yogurt

Benefits: Muscle Building, Fat Burning

Compared to traditional yogurts, this great white contains twice as much muscle-friendly protein — and fewer carbohydrates for those who are watching their carb intake. Like other dairy products, it’s a stellar source of calcium, which may aid in fat loss. It’s also packed with probiotics, those helpful critters that improve digestive health. To avoid sugar shock, opt for unsweetened versions.

Nutritional Data:
6 ounces non-fat plain: 90 calories; 15 grams protein; 7 grams carbohydrates; 0 grams dietary fiber; 0 grams fat; 0 grams saturated fat

Unlike some traditional American yogurts, Greek yogurt doesn’t require pectin or other thickening agents to give it a less watery consistency. When Greek yogurt has the whey strained out, the end result is a thicker, creamier yogurt with a higher protein content and less lactose than its American cousin.

5. Smoked Salmon

Benefits: Muscle Building, Fat Burning, Disease Fighting

Because it’s ready to eat, smoked salmon is a near-perfect addition to salads, scrambled eggs and sandwiches, and it’s a surefire way to reel in a boatload of supercharged omega-3 fatty acids. As the name implies, salmon slices are brine-soaked and then cured by a smoking process, which helps retain its refrigerator shelf life. Researchers from Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania) discovered that subjects consuming high amounts of fish for six weeks shed bodyfat while simultaneously packing on muscle. The omegas in salmon have also proven to help diminish the risk for coronary woes while fish protein can help instigate muscle growth in response to training. A four-ounce serving of salmon provides 90% of your daily requirements of omega-3; this fatty acid promotes blood flow, which is optimal for training and recovery.

Omega-3 fatty acids in fish-oil supplement form have been shown to reduce mental fatigue while speeding up reaction times, particularly in those 18–35 years old.

Nutritional Data:
3 ounces: 99 calories; 16 grams protein; 0 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fat

A three-ounce portion of smoked salmon delivers more than 100% of your RDA of vitamin B12, which is crucial for the healthy functioning of your brain and nervous system (think improved contractions and sport reaction times). It also plays a role in the formation of blood and energy production.

6. Edamame

Benefits: Muscle Building, Fat Burning, Energy Boosting

If you only nosh on these green soybeans at sushi joints, then you’re missing out. Their nutritionally charged résumé includes a payload of fat-torching fiber, plus energy-boosting iron and protein. According to findings published in Clinical Nutrition, soy protein is as effective as cow-derived casein protein at stimulating muscle protein metabolism.

Nutritional Data:
1 cup shelled: 130 calories; 12 grams protein; 10 grams carbohydrates; 9 grams fiber; 0 grams saturated fat

The protein found in edamame is complete, containing all essential amino acids necessary for muscle growth, adaption and post-workout recovery.

7. Turkey Breast

Benefits: Muscle Building, Fat Burning

Consider feasting on this bird anytime, not just during the holidays. Few foods contain more leucine — the unparalleled rock star of muscle-building amino acids. It appears that this essential amino acid switches on the machinery that leads to revved up muscle protein synthesis, which sets the stage for additional muscle growth. Don’t forget that more muscle translates into a higher metabolism and additional fat burning. Plus, who can argue with its stellar protein-to-fat ratio?

Nutritional Data:
6 ounces (skinless): 186 calories; 42 grams protein; 0 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fat; 0.3 grams saturated fat (essentially zero)

According to research, turkey meat helps your body manage insulin levels following meals.

8. Kiwi

Benefits: Muscle Building, Fat Burning

In addition to containing more potassium than a banana, this fuzzy fruit actually contains more vitamin C than an orange. Other than acting as a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is involved in the production of carnitine, a compound required for proper fat burning. Arizona State University scientists determined that subjects with low vitamin C levels had reduced fat oxidation during exercise. Slice into a kiwi at breakfast and let its natural sugars raise your blood sugar, pepping your energy levels after an overnight fast.

Nutritional Data:
1 kiwi: 56 calories; 1 gram protein; 13 grams carbohydrates; 0 grams fat

Kiwi contains the known vasodilator, the amino acid arginine. Thus it may help with ED management and oxygen delivery to working muscle tissue. A win-win.

9. Raspberries
Benefits: Disease Fighting, Fat Burning

It should be duly noted that among fruits, sweet-tart raspberries are a fiber powerhouse. A mere cup provides 8 grams — about 20% of a guy’s daily quota. On top of keeping you more regular than Norm from “Cheers”, studies suggest those who consume a high-fiber diet are less likely to have a Buddha-belly. One reason is because fiber holds water and tends to fill you up, tricking your stomach into thinking you’ve eaten more than you actually have. The fiber also reduces the amount of fat absorbed by the digestive system. Finally, raspberries also deliver a payload of disease-thwarting antioxidants, so consider adding them to protein shakes, oatmeal and yogurt.

Nutritional Data:
1 cup: 64 calories; 1 gram protein; 15 grams carbohydrates; 8 grams fiber; 1 gram fat;
0 grams saturated fat

One cup of raspberries delivers 41% of your DV of manganese. Because it functions as a co-enzyme, manganese aids bone and soft-tissue formation, efficient metabolism of fat and carbohydrates and thyroid and sex hormone function.

10. Spinach
Benefits: Disease Fighting, Energy Boosting

The gravel-voiced sailorman was right: for mega-sized forearms and other muscle tissue, you may want to load your salads and sandwiches with this green giant. Swedish researchers discovered that nitrate (such as that found in spinach and other dark leafy greens like kale and Swiss chard) can help muscles work more efficiently during exercise — meaning you may get a little more oomph on the bench or in the squat rack. Plus nutritionists laud leafy greens for their encyclopedic vitamin, mineral and antioxidant profile.

Spinach boosts the production of the red blood cells, which allow more oxygen to be delivered to cells and muscles, especially during more intense activities like beach volleyball or frisbee.

Nutritional Data:
1 cup: 7 calories; 1 gram protein; 1 gram carbohydrates; 0 grams fat

Spinach is high in inorganic nitrate, which, according to a study in Cell Metabolism, can increase your oxygen-usage efficiency — translating to longer sets, longer runs, and more sports endurance.

11. Ricotta Cheese

Benefits: Muscle Building

A fixture in lasagna, ricotta cheese is made from the whey that’s drained when making mozzarella, provolone, and other cheeses. No other cheese contains more of this protein. A Journal of Applied Physiology study found that whey protein can flood the blood with essential amino acids and stimulate muscle protein synthesis. To save fat calories, look for light versions. Blend it into your post-training shakes or mix with raspberries for a muscle-building snack.

Nutritional Data:
1/2 cup part-skim: 170 calories; 14 grams protein; 6 grams carbohydrates; 10 grams fat; 6 grams saturated fat

You get 33% of your RDA of phosphorous in a half-cup serving of part skim ricotta cheese. Without adequate phosphorous, your body won’t readily absorb calcium. Additionally, the
mineral aids in nerve transmission, and it’s essential for energy creation.

12. Sprouted Bread

Benefits: Energy Boosting

Any way you slice it, bread made with sprouted grains is a step up from the doughy options in the bread aisle. Sprouting not only amplifies vitamin and mineral levels and makes it quite bioavailable, it also lowers the glycemic index — equalling a lower spike in blood sugar, which results in more sustained energy levels and less risk of fat storage. What’s more, many types of sprouted bread incorporate healthy legumes, nuts and seeds for higher protein levels. Sprouted bread is more perishable than brands pumped full of preservatives, so keep it in your fridge for optimal freshness.

Nutritional Data:
Slice of Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread: 80 calories; 5 grams protein; 14 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams dietary fiber; 1 gram fat; 0 grams saturated fat

The slowest absorbing sugar in the body is maltose, and the sprouting process during the making of grain breads creates this low-glycemic index carbohydrate.


 Well-defined and tight abs are the most sough-after body part, because a hard midsection is associated with being in good shape. In order to design a program that will properly stimulate the abs, we first need to take a small anatomy lesson.

When I train my abs I break the abdominals down into four main muscle groups:

1. The Rectus Abdominis (composed of upper and lower abdominals)
2. The Oblique Muscles
3. The Intercostal Muscles
4. The Serratus Anterior

Oblique Muscles Function & Exercises

The external obliques are the muscles at the sides of the waist. The external oblique complex actually consists of three layers of muscles: the internal obliques, the transverse obliques and external obliques. Together, these muscles contract to tilt the torso, as well as twist it, from side to side.

While a bodybuilder would not want massive obliques as this would take away from symmetry and give the illusion of a thick waist, these muscle do need to be trained in order to maintain ideal postural alignment. A great exercise for these muscles is the side bends performed on a swiss ball. Another exercise that also needs to be performed for these muscles in order to exercise its rotating capabilities are the Russian Twists.

The Intercostal Muscles

The intercostals are the muscles of breathing that lie between the ribs and show as bands of muscle angling downward in the sides of the rib cage and the upper abdomen. The intercostals come into play by flexing the torso and causing it to twist, so doing any type of twisting crunch on a swiss ball will stimulate this group maximally.

The Serratus Muscles

The serratus anterior muscles are the finger-like strands of muscle on the rib cage between the front abs and the lats. Their job is to depress the rib cage and also assist in bringing the upper arms from a position pointing directly up from the shoulders to one pointing directly below the shoulders. A good exercise that will stimulate these muscles is the one-arm cable crunches (using an overhead pulley).

How Much, How Often? 
Since we have now identified which exercises should be present in our specialized abdominal training routine, let's now figure out how much will we do of each and how often.

Believe it or not, the abdominal muscles are composed mainly of fast twitch fibers. These fibers (as opposed to the slow twitch, endurance type ones), are composed of the strongest types of muscle fibers and are thus designed for short bouts of explosive hard work. Because of this, fast-twitch fibers respond best to heavy weight/low repetition work. Therefore, performing more than 15 repetitions per set on your abdominal exercises will be largely a waste of time!

So for abs, lets keep the repetitions from as low as 5 to a maximum of 15. As far as sets, if you perform days of lower repetitions, you can do as much as 5 sets per exercise, while on higher repetition days you can get away with 3 sets. For abs, you want to mainly concentrate on the intensity of the contraction and you really want to feel the movement. However, ensure that you choose a tempo that allows you to finish all of your repetitions within a time span of 40 seconds.

Typically, as you lower the repetitions and increase the resistance, the lower the tempo should be and the higher the repetitions, the faster the exercise should be performed. Also, as you get stronger, you may want to start adding resistance to your exercises except for the ones that target the obliques. Oblique exercises should be executed with no weights even as the repetitions get lower. On lower repetition days, just concentrate on holding the contraction longer at the peak of the movement.

As far as how often, beginners need to keep in mind that fast twitch fibers take long to recover. Therefore, we need to train these muscles like we train any other muscles and give them the rest they need. Experienced trainers can vary because they understand their bodies...