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Trainer Spotlight: Lukas Prokes

How he got crazy-ripped abs-and how he says you can get a carved-from-marble midsection, too

Name: Lukas Prokes
Occupation: Trainer at David Barton Gym, NYC
Age: 36
Height: 6'
Weight: 175 lbs
Waist: 29"

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Wow, impressive! I heard someone say that your abs look like an organic egg carton. What's the most frequent comment you get?
"Are those real?"

How much do you work out?
I work out six times a week, six days straight, then take the seventh day off. I do abs and calves every day, at the end of my workout, because they're small muscles, and you use them every day.

Why at the end?
Because if I'm doing, say, a chest/back workout, it takes a lot of energy for the bigger muscles. Then at the end, I burn the abs and calf muscles to exhaustion. I work abs as a regular body part, though: If I do 30 minutes of arms, then I do 30 minutes of abs.

What's a typical workout?
I mix it up, I don't do a set routine. I don't make every Monday a back and triceps day, for instance. It's best to shock the body every time, do something different every day. One day, I might do chest/triceps/abs, 30 minutes for each. Again, I treat abs as a separate body part, and work them every day, except on the three days I teach the Six-Pack Attack class. Because that's a workout.

Your tall, lean, cut up. I mean, it's a genetic gift to have a physique like yours, right?
I was a skinny kid. When I was little, a doctor told my mother to feed me fish oil and raw egg yolks with sugar. Five years ago, I started getting a pooch. So I increased the intensity of my workouts, pushed myself harder. I like cupcakes, and I like chocolate. I won't give it up. I'll spend an extra half hour in the gym to work it off."

So what are you doing when you're not at the gym?
I have a master's in art therapy, and in LA, I taught autistic children. It's all about finding a balance in your life.

See Also:
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The Ab-Trainer Diet

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