Ab exercises aren’t the only thing you have to do in order to get your 6-pack. You also have to be spot on in your nutritional program, you need to have a sound resistance training program that focuses on big body parts using compound exercises, and you need to hit the cardio utilizing one of three variations of intensity and duration.
With all of this being said there fails to be a night that I don’t see a late night infomercial hawking a useless Ab gadget or magical weight loss elixir. Society has been pervaded by myths, untruths and outright lies about what it takes to obtain a great set of 6 pack Abs.
So, as a public service, I will dispel 5 myths about Abs today.
Here’s a list of 5 common myths about abs.
Myth 1) You don’t need to watch what you eat
Diet is first and foremost the key factor when trying to get 6-pack abs. Plan your nutrition in advance, to avoid dietary downfalls.
When you are training for an awesome set of 6 pack Abs, it matters even MORE what you eat.
Myth 2) As long as you do a lot of ab exercises and repetitions, it doesn’t matter how well you do them
It is important to do all repetitions with good form. Focus on quality, not quantity. Avoid sit-ups and an excessive number of crunches. Both exercises can damage the lumbar spine in your low back, and crunches are rarely effective anyways.
Truth be told, the rectus abdominis (Abs) is a relatively small and thin muscle. The Abs are comprised mainly of Type 1 fibers (which are your endurance fibers) and they are resistant to growth. You actually get more Ab stimulation from many of the compound exercises you should be using to target the big muscle groups of your body (i.e. Squats, deadlifts, rows, pull-ups, clean and presses, etc.)
Myth 3) You can “Spot reduce” the fat on your abs with crunches
No matter how many crunches you do, you won’t be able to get rid of your ab fat with crunches alone. You need a good diet and an increase in your calorie burning from strength training and interval training.
The body uses fat holistically or “all over” for energy. Just as if you had cut your finger and blood came out (it is blood, not a specialized blood called finger blood. Get it?)
Myth 4) Infomercial products will help you get a 6-pack
You’ve probably seen dozens of ab gadgets on TV, but none are magic bullets. You can’t expect anything you order from TV to help you get a 6-pack. You have to do the hard work with nutrition and training to get results.
The worse thing ever to happen was in 1984 when the government started to allow infomercials. There is no governing it and basically any huckster can say what they want to and people half asleep will believe it.
Myth 5) You must do abs every day
You don’t need to do abs every day. Instead, train them twice per week and use non-conventional exercises such as Mountain Climbers and Stability Ball Jackknives to reduce the stress on your low back.
Just as you wouldn’t go into a gym and do bench presses or squats every single day, you should not be performing Ab exercises every single day. You Abs get engaged in normal every day activities. Exposing them to direct Ab training twice per week is sufficient.
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