This just had to be the first place I made the announcement , finally, the release of the ab book myself and my co-author Robert K Blom PT, have been working with for 15 years. This seems to be the best place to give a little history on the writing of the book and the history around the the invention of the ab mat, a simple tool that is and will revolutionize abdominal training which really was the inspiration for the book. The Book “Abdominal Training”, Myths Debunked.
As for my Co-author Robert K. Blom RPT or Bob as i call him, in my opinion is the greatest physical theorpist I have ever had the pleasure to work with and study under before I moved to Norway. I first met Bob when a friend of mine broke his neck in a motorcycle accident and Bob was his RPT. I had just opened my gym “The Fitness Center” in N.J.and as a beginner in the fitness industry and had a million questions on how muscles worked, what the “experts” at the time said and many more. Bob and I hit it off right away. I would accompany my friend to his appointments with Bob and probably spent more time explaining what he was doing than anyone had ever asked. I watched Bob work with the rehabilitation of my friend. By the way, he was a quadriplegic when he came out of Kessler Institute in N.J. I watch Bob work with him for years. My friend eventually became one of two quadriplegics in the starte to return to 100% function. During that period for me was like getting a college degree in how muscles works and what happens when they don’t.
During that period in the training world the way to great abs was 1000 situps a day. Even back them, almost 30 years ago I had the same questions I still ask when i talk. WHY? Bob was the first to answer that question for me.
Well, the rest is history, This book is just the first time we have had the chance to answer many of the stillasked questions of then and of today on “core training”. Which of course, as my PT friend and teacher here in Norway, Vidar Jacob would say, is your abdominals and lower back muscles. Many of you have seen my videos and articles. Below is the intro to the book. More is available on youtube and my new facebook page at Ab mat Original. The book is available at www.amazon.com.
Strength Training for the Abdominals and Lower Back
by Fred Koch, P-SCE, and Robert K. Blom, RPT
Introduction by Fred Koch, P-SCE
I have been working on this book for over 10 years now. There never seems to be enough time to put in writing all of the new information that I am working on at the time. Much of the information Robert Blom has given me was received while I was still in the United States before I ever started putting this book together. After moving to Norway, I finally got a chance to test and use all of the information I had learned. Thus, I decided to publish it on the web as an e-book. I chose the e-book platform because it is my hope that it will allow me the greatest flexibility to add more information as I come across it.
To begin, there are two key reasons why I think the information contained herein has not really hit the marketplace in the last 15 years since the revolution actually began. First and foremost is the establishment’s, meaning the current “experts,” refusal to admit they are wrong. Just think of how many books would be taken off of the shelves and theories that would have to be thrown in the garbage if the establishment would finally see the light or admit the truth. Secondly, there is a lack of financial incentive for the information to be widely shared. The list of equipment sufficient to adequately work the principles of this book is fairly finite and unique. The products, the AbMat being one, are patented, and the larger fitness companies are not going to promote a reality, product, and/or program that does not financially benefit them.
What follows is our vision of this long overdue concept.
Just stop for a minute and think about one thing. WHY, when people talk about abdominal training, do they never talk about performing the exercises with weight? All other muscles are trained with resistance training. Why not abdominals? Abdominal muscles are made of the same fiber types as all the other muscles in the body. If that is right, then why aren’t they trained with weights like every other body part? We would never consider saying, “Do three sets of 10 reps of body weight squats to gain strength in the legs.” This is precisely what most people do when it comes to abdominal training, and they are foundationally WRONG.
“Well where is the research on this?” is the question I love most. For some reason, fitness and sports people really believe all that is to be discovered has been discovered already. In this book, we will show you just how wrong the establishment is. Think about it: abdominal crunches continue to be the en vogue abdominal exercise, but crunches are fundamentally half of your range of motion. When training other body parts, how often do you incorporate half range? What value is a half squat to you? How about a half pull-up, half bench press, or half lunge? It’s half the value, half the work, and half the benefit (if that), right?
This book will tackle the issues. Robert Blom and I will try to explain the true function of the abdominal muscles and their various groups. We will discuss how they are misused, misunderstood, and how the resulting mistakes can lead to poor sports performance and limited fitness development. We will also shed some light on the ignored other half of the core training equation: the lower back. We will ultimately help you understand and establish a healthy core training progression better tailored to your specific fitness goals.
You will notice right away that we use many drawings to show the various exercises and to explain the concepts discussed. This book is about learning, and we feel this book will be the beginning of a new generation of abdominal-core training. We are sure that after you have read it and implemented the concepts, you too will agree.
Fred Koch, P-SCE
International Director, Tudor Bompa Institute (TBI) International