There's quite a lot of material getting you prepped up before you actually get into specifics, and even when you think you're about to get into the actual core, you're hit with a pre-motivational section.
I actually think this is a good thing personally because it really puts you in the right frame of mind for getting the most of of this course. Again, it's clear just from reading this that Mike Geary is determined for you to make this work for you, by making sure you take action and stick to this system.
I like the fact that he points out "There's no such thing a poor genetics, no such thing as no time...". This was the much needed
prep talk that I was looking for, so let's move on...
Forget what you thought about food
We immediately move onto diets and nutrition. Mike points out the importance of this section being just as (if not more) important as any exercise you'll ever do. I totally agree before even trying out the system. After all, what good is exercise if we eat 8000 calories per day?
This section is intense. You'd be amazed at how much there is to discover about eating right, but Mike lays out the hard facts about the food industry and what you've been led to believe about insulin, carbs, fats, sugars, whole grain and so much more.
This is a real insight and made me think twice about the stuff I was cramming into my fridges and cupboards, merely thinking I was doing the right thing as per the media and those flashy magazines.
What amazed me was the part about eating the right fats to make you thinner! I'm not sure if you've heard of such things before, but I soon realized how little I knew about nutrition.
Mike goes into greater detail about fad diets and why they not only don't work (why do you think there are so many released each year?) but why they
are essential damaging to your health. Personally, I was never a fan of diets anyway, but I have tried the Atkins diet and a low carb diet before and ended up with a whole range of side effects such as poor sleeping habits, mood swings, low
concentration and all kinds of aches and pains.
My advice is, whatever you decide to do please just avoid the
temptation of fad diets...they're just not worth it!
Overall, the diet and nutrition section is more than adequate to finally resolve the myths about eating right, but thankfully doesn't come in the form of some strict regime or precise plan. It literally re-educates you on food and nutrition, so that you can shop more wisely and eat more sensibly without having to munch on rabbit food or lentils.
A biology lesson
Once you've got through the food nutrition section (might take a while, but worth it considering that it's the building block to weight loss), you're entered into a biology lesson...
This section is all about how abs are developed, and kinds feels like I am back in school with all the diagrams and scientific talk!
To me, this section is pretty
in-depth and although I can understand why we're taught about this, I do feel a little bored reading through this. Some of this I was tempted to skip through, but I didn't because there was some important info on body positioning. Then as you keep reading through you move onto new chapters which actually explain why certain
abs routines don't work, along with recommended exercises.
This is where it starts to get meaty and the program really starts to kick in.
Although there's been a lot of reading up until now, Mike does a good job of laying the info out in a way that makes sense and flows in the order that you must learn it in. As we approach the end of chapter 5 we're starting to get actual lists of good and bad abdominal exercises, along with real life pics of Mike performing them.
These are really clear and are
accompanied by simple instructions so that you know what you're doing.
I started these at home, but there was one that I couldn't do properly in my house which was one of the leg raises because you need to have a pull up bar, which I've got...but you need space above the bar to make it work properly, otherwise your legs hit the ceiling!
I actually found all of the other
abs exercises to be really easy to do and didn't need any fancy equipment to do them. However, although I could
definitely feel the effect these were having at the time, I couldn't say the exercises alone were anything you've not seen or heard of before.
The workout routines
With that in mind, after you've read through the pics and instructions you're hit with the routines that Mike recommends which incorporate these exercises.
It's good that he provides various levels, as I was ready to move on from Level 2 which I started out on almost immediately (but that's because I am impatient lol).
I'd say that these workout routines are pretty easy going at the early levels, but you soon start to feel the intensity as you progress. Just don't rush it like I did. They are not exactly groundbreaking workout routines, but still...it's obvious that there's so much more to a lean and toned body than what goes on at the gym, as you'll see for yourself if you read this guide.
Metabolism and calorie burning busted wide open!
Mike then has a section on metabolic training and why we see so many people slogging away on treadmills and other cardio exercise equipment and complaining about getting no results. I often spent hours busting my guts and reaching a point of almost feeling sick, with nothing but a fat gut to show for it.
This part of the guide was a real eye opener for me personally, as I am sure it will be for others too. In reality, the answers are a little more complicated than you'd like to think and be prepared to get a complex lesson before you're shown the kind of exercises that you should be doing.
On a side note, one thing I did notice about Mike's book is that you'll get a serious chunk of the theory and education
upfront, which is ok if you've got some time to read and learn, but what I liked is that all of these sections of learning are followed by specific routines that you can literally just pick up and run with immediately.
So, although you might be put off by the serious amount of content, if you're in a rush you can skim over some of this stuff and get right into the actual
practicalities that he lays out at the end of each section.
An awesome round up
If you've stuck in there and reached chapter 11, then you'll be
pleasantly rewarded with the killer K.O of getting a lean body and toned abs...where Mike sums up everything you've learned from attitude to nutrition, cardio to weights...leaving you with a really powerful system that is summarized in chapter 11 for total convenience.
Mike uses buller points to sum up all of the technical stuff so that you "get it" right away and can reference it easily. (I actually printed off this section, you might want to
At this point, Mike unleashes more advanced full body workouts designed to shed fat from your entire core. Again, I've seen most of these exercises in magazines but when you approach them in the way Mike teaches you, things start to take off all
on their own and you'll see a difference from day one.
Why? Because not only are you able to follow one of the most
in-depth guides to working out and eating right, but there is no theory or fluff...just solid, real world advice from a guy who clearly knows what he is talking about.
Finally, you've got some additional tips and an FAQ section which I found useful...especially the part about eating after 7pm and what you can/should eat to avoid piling on the pounds.
And of course, no good product is without its' fair share of real life customer testimonials too. There's an overwhelming
amount of testimonials on The Truth About Abs, which certainly does remove
a lot of the usual scepticism about these sorts of programs that I personally had in the past.