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Abs Showdown 2008 April 2008

Another Abs Showdown?

With the conclusion of the male abs showdown and the female showdown still in progress, I thought I'd give it a rest before I do another abs showdown. But there are people who are now willing to showcase their abs workout online - men and women. At first, I was skeptical. Fence-sitters who requested another abs thing in the past remained fence-sitters even after I launched the competition. Somehow, they freeze when it comes to sign-up time. The others who joined lost steam as the competion neared the homestretch. Admittedly, getting a sculpted abs is a formidable undertaking. But heck, I'll give it another try.

I'll do a female and male showdown. We launch when there's a minimum of 5 candidates for each category. I can accept up to about 7. After that, it's just too much work for me it's not fun anymore. Because I'm the moderator, I'll be joining the men's but not in the poll voting (I don't really care about "winning"...I just want good abs!).

To Get In
First ones to give me ALL of the following are in:

  • short bio introducing yourself - include city and country. Who you are, why you're joining, objective, fitness background, bla-bla.
  • a profile picture (no need yet for abs pictures)
  • email me your bio and profile pix: webmaster@thelonerider.com
  • CAN$50 admission fee. Why? because people who pay for something take it more seriously. When I receive your bio and profile pix, I'll email you on how to remit payment (depends on where you are). Entries from the Philippines can pay in pesos.

Rules
Once you make it, the following showdown rules apply:

  • dates/days are Philippine time based on this site: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=145
  • weekly pictures should be in by Sunday midnight, however, a grace period of 2 days is given. Very...very last submission is Tuesday midnight...NO EXCEPTION (Wednesday 12:01 am is late and won't be posted.)
  • unlike the other showdown rules, you won't be disqualified for not submitting pictures...afterall, this is YOUR showdown. You get what you put into it.
  • pictures submitted should be around 1000 pixels wide because I still have to crop it for the blow-up shot
  • abs pictures should be contracted (abs muscles flexed) under (ideally) the same lighting conditions
  • showdown lasts 3 months from time of launch

Poll Voting
Just to add more fun to it, poll voting will be done for the most-improved...no more voting for the 'most ripped'. That way, you can be obese and still get a chance to bag the votes if you really melted all the fat. Voting will be open on showdown date and will continue for a month.

Prize
Look in the mirror...that's your prize!

People Who've Signed Up

Von Ng
Von Ng

--- TheLoneRider

    Abs Tips:
  • you can't do it just by doing mega-crunches. you need to diet and do lots of cardio.
  • to measure your progress, you can do a fixed number of abdominal reps/week and increase the number every week. by the end of the program, you should be able to do 600 reps/session - a combination of side-bends, crunches, leg-raises, sit-ups, etc.
  • ideally, you should only use body weight 'coz you want your waist slim and lean...not wide and bulky
  • high rep is ideal until you feel the burn...and then continue until you feel fire!
  • best to take the photo shot with a uni-directional yellow light pointing down...it highlights shadows

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