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ABS Fitness Challenge Series

All-Female Abs Showdown 2008 January 13, 2008


Due to increased female-inquiry, I'm launching an all-female online Abs Showdown for 2008 - beginning when a minimum of 5 entries are in - 11 weeks total! Why an all-female? Well, during the Abs Showdown 2007 (check it out to see showdown formatting), females expressed interest in joining but weren't too comfortable competing side-by-side with men. Hey, I can understand that...and it's cool. Now, you have your own showdown.

Why an Online Abs Showdown?
With your full name, your profile pix and your weekly abs pictures posted online in front of a global audience, no ifs and're committed. Chances are, you'll work harder to make this work for you.

Really, whatever your objective is for participating, for as long as you've given it your all, you've already earned your prize. This is one game where more than one wins but nobody loses. At some point, you'll begin to realize it's not about a podium finish or one-upping the next guy, but it's all about you - that's when the fun begins (the polling is just an amusing distraction...and it's fun too!).

Poll Voting
Just to add more fun to it, 2 polls will be done - one is for the most-ripped and the other, the most-improved. Voting will be open on showdown date.

Ariane Almeda
Vanessa Plagata
Melissa Thomas
San Fran,
Jan 27 Angele Ariane Almeda Vanessa Plagata Melissa Thomas
Feb 3 Angele Ariane Almeda Vanessa Plagata Melissa Thomas
Feb 10 Angele Ariane Almeda Vanessa Plagata Melissa Thomas
Feb 17 Angele Ariane Almeda no
Feb 24 Angele Ariane Almeda Vanessa Plagata Melissa Thomas
Mar 2 Angele Ariane Almeda Vanessa Plagata Melissa Thomas
Mar 9 Angele Ariane Almeda Vanessa Plagata Melissa Thomas
Mar 16 no
Ariane Almeda Vanessa Plagata Melissa Thomas
Mar 23 Angele Ariane Almeda Vanessa Plagata no
Mar 30 Angele Ariane Almeda no
Apr 6 no
Ariane Almeda no
Apr 13 Angele Ariane Almeda out of
out of
Apr 20 Angele Ariane Almeda out of
out of
Apr 27 Angele Ariane Almeda out of
out of
May 4 Angele Ariane Almeda out of
out of
May 11
Angele Ariane Almeda out of
out of

Polling Starts Now !!!



Angele, Jan. 27, 2008

Angele, May 11, 2008
Most Improved Abs

Ariane, Jan. 27, 2008

Ariane, May 11, 2008

Ending Thoughts

Ariane AlmedaIt was nice being in the competition especially that for me it was more of self-competition. It was good that I can see the other's effort because it pushed me to go on...But it was tough to stick to a healthy diet, to lessen intake of sweets especially that as you avoid them they just become more enticing (Haha), to avoid getting affected whenever friend's tell you that "you're no fun..." or "what are you reducing for?," and to stick to cardio, and the many reps to improve how my abs would look like. -- Ariane

TheLoneRiderI congratulate all four of you. While others just dream about gorgeous abs but remain fence-sitters, you took the step to make it happen. To those who didn't make it to the finish line, hey, you tried. That's much better than wishful thinking. Hoping the experience is a jumpstart to something equally as lofty. AS Bob Marley would say, "she who abs and falters lives to abs another day."

And to Angele and Ariane, who went the whole 9 yards, what can I say? You two leave me awed. You guys rock! I never had it that focused when I started but you guys kept plowing through...on times when it was easier to watch tv, when you had to say 'no' to that decadent dessert, and when you were at the point of failure but strained to do that one last rep. Give yourselves a nice tap on the've earned it.

Warm hugs and kisses to you all...--- TheLoneRider

ABS Workout videos:

  1. THENX
  2. Calisthenic Movement
  3. Saturno Movement

ABS Benchmarks:

  1. Beginner: standards like crunch, leg raise, V-sit, bicycle (when you can do more reps or hold longer, it's time to level up)

    V sit

  2. Intermediate: lolasana, L-sit (leveling up)

    L sit

  3. Advanced: manna (very few people on the planet can do this)


ABS Tips:

  • drink lots of water (with pinch of salt and juice of 1 lime) instead of soda or fruit juice
  • avoid fatty foods, deep-fried dishes, or food with visible fat (pork chops)
  • decrease your food consumption but eat healthier
  • 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/low load 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 highlights shadows

Abs Blogs:

Comments? Email

Reader Comments:

Mark AnthonyMark Anthony R. Samson
(May 16, 2008) sana may 'AB' showdown. as in ONE AB lang. sali ako.

FerchFerch G. Santos
(May 16, 2008) sali ako!!!!

Dennis Lopez
(May 16, 2008) congrats to those who made it this far. i'm still sitting on the fence on this one. sana mahulog na ako...wala bang flABs showdown?

(Apr 7, 2008) When are you beginning another Women's Abs Showdown? Maybe I'll join.

(1 Feb 2008) All right Van! Way to get ripped! This has definitely inspired me to do my own abs showdown and stop procrastinating by just doing Taebo. Good luck! Get committed and get it done!

PJ Villarta
(Jan 19, 2008) way to go Ariane! :D

(Jan 8, 2008) hmmm... pwede. hehehe

PJ Villarta
(Jan 15, 2008) maybe you could come up with a standard or recommended program that "ensures" they do get results. just my two cents worth. oh yeah. this is gonna be great. looking forward to this.. ;)

(Jan 13, 2008) Abs showdown thing! I've decided I would do it on my own ground without showing my tummy. Hope many people join the showdown. Good luck!

(Jan 9, 2008) I just was so intimidated by the amount of exercise required! Am not committing!!!! but am interested. Will let you know and thank you again. LOVE YOU!!!!

(Dec 25, 2007) I can't join "an all-women abs showdown"! I can't!! ha-ha-ha

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