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Howard Stern Wants Six-Pack Abs...

The King of All Media, Howard Stern, is a health nut. He’s runs like crazy, meditates and watches what he eats. And in the past, he’s railed against trans-fat and his sidekick, Robin Quivers, is a vegan.

But Howard’s got a problem. He’s got stubborn belly fat he can’t get rid of. And it’s making him mental! He wants six-pack abs. Yesterday he vented his frustration on air. Here’s the transcript:

Howard: I thought I lost weight yesterday. But I gained weight.

Robin: How did you—what?

Howard: I’m very neurotic my weight, as you know.

Robin: So, you really thought you had been eating well, is what you’re saying?

Howard: Yeah. But then I get on the scale this morning and I was up to 198, which means I got to go into stealth-mode. No snacks.

Robin: Really pull it back? No desserts.

Howard: Nothing. That’s it.

Robin: Isn’t it horrible when you’re so good, and you still gain weight?

Howard: Yeah, I’m so good and I always still have that lip around my waist. I still always have that belly. I don’t understand how that’s possible. I’m thin. I work out.

Robin: You run!

Howard: I worked out yesterday like a madman, everything aches. And there’s no noticeable improvement.

Robin: This is just to stay where you are!

Howard: Yeah, it’s so frustrating. I want to be a hot guy! I take off my shirt and I got a six-pack.

Fred: But what you got to do is imagine if you DIDN’T work out. You’d be a mess.

Howard: Well, I have this new theory that guys who are in really good shape don’t run. They just work out with heavy-heavy weights and watch what they eat.

Robin: Yeah, we’ve seen those, the bulky guys.

Howard: I need that. I want to be bulky! I have such a pencil neck.

I know what Howard’s talking about. That belly lip is the hardest to keep off. So, to help Howard out, and anyone else who wants ripped abs, I asked Dr. Fuhrman for some advice:

We all come in various size and shapes and genetics play a significant role here, but keep in mind our metabolic rate slows as we age and it takes more exercise and no snacking to keep off belly fat.

But Howard is certainly on the right track. What also works very effectively is to eat carefully every other day; just eat vegetables beans and fruit, with no grains, oils or animal products. That means, no bread, olive oil and no egg whites on those days; just salad, vegetable-bean soup, steamed veggies and fresh fruit with just a few ounces of sunflower seeds and walnuts. On the other days, just a touch of the other stuff, either some whole grains or animal products, but not both.

A good way to get rid of this belly fat is with four days a week of heavy exercise. You do two days of pulling exercises and two days of pushing exercises. That means no exercise is repeated more than twice a week. Try working out on the weekend, plus Tuesday and Thursday.

Besides the upper body, core, back and abdominal work, walk on a high incline on the pulling days and do leg curls too. On pushing days use an elliptical, stair master or both, plus leg extensions and leg presses or jumps. The upper body on the pushing days would include the bench press, incline press, decline press, dips, triceps extensions and straight arm extensions. On the pulling days do chin ups, cable pulls, rowing, curls, upright rowing and abdominal leg lifts and crunches.

For Howard’s sake, I hope he gets ripped. He needs too! His head of security, a.k.a. Mambo Man, a.k.a. Ricky Man, a.k.a. Scores Man, a.k.a. Ronnie Dice Clay, is really short and really old and regularly falls asleep on the job. “Hey, what’s your problem man!”

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Steve - January 30, 2009 11:09 AM

Hi Gerry
I like the idea of categorizing the major strength movements as 'pushes' and 'pulls' and 'lifts' etc.

My approach (most of the time) is not to have separate days for these categories, but to choose one exercise from each category each workout. This allows you to work an exercise hard, then move from one exercise to the next with relatively little
rest (this REALLY keeps the heart rate up). It's a strength workout with a little bit of a 'circuit training' combined.

I start with push and pull, this warms you before the lifts (squats lunges etc), which are the peerless leaders of exercise, but are very demanding on the cardiovascular system. Safety first!

Cheers, Steve

McBloggenstein - January 30, 2009 6:38 PM

No need to get rid of the spare tire. Just wear some of that Mambo and you'll be set with the ladies!

HappyCat - January 31, 2009 3:59 PM

I loved it when Sal clanged the cymbals over a sleeping Ronnie.

But seriously, cardio is not enough, you need strength and stretching too. Howard can afford a personal trainer to get him on track.

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