A strong athletic body, highlighted by a powerful flat and well-defined midsection, is the goal of men and women who work out and aspire to be fit and athletic. But most trainees who seek these results undermine their efforts.

Most men and women and even many athletes do carry more around their middle than necessary. Perhaps the growing obesity problem is masking the overweight issue arising even among athletes and bodybuilders. But just because so many are experiencing this doesn’t mean it excuses this common occurrence.

Some fitness experts even believe that anyone who is carrying more than ten percent body fat shouldn’t call himself an athlete. Yet most athletes carry at least ten percent or more during most of the year.

This is true across the board — competitive athletes carry more fat during the off-season, and non-competitive athletes, who make up the vast majority of athletes, rarely maintain lean form.

Athletes also tend

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