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Six myths about your six pack abs

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you are in the process of changing your body or even thinking about it, the chances are that you are looking at ways to achieve that perfect set of abs (preferably a six pack). There is a lot of information and videos you can use to help you achieve your goal. But before you take it all on board, you should also be aware of the myths about your six pack abs.

[pull_quote_center]Six pack abs is a popular topic and everyone seems to have their own opinion about it.[/pull_quote_center]

Whether it is the latest effortless six pack program or a new product that’s going to change the fitness industry and provide you with a six pack pill, it is all out there.

Before you start wasting your time (and money), make sure you read these six myths about your six pack abs:

TRAIN ABS EVERY DAY

Why? Your abdominal muscles are just like every other muscle in your body. They need to be worked out but they will grow when you rest. In other words, if you train your abs every day, you are not going to see any difference in their appearance. You need to allow enough time for recovery before your next session. Otherwise – you are just overworking your abs and that’s counterproductive.

CRUNCHES ARE THE BEST EXERCISE FOR SIX PACK ABS

That’s another myth about your six pack abs. Crunches are a good exercise to do to strengthen your abs. Crunches alone are not going to make your abs visible. Why? Because there is a layer of fat between your abs and your skin which you need to burn in order to reveal your six pack abs.

CRUNCHES AND SIT UPS BURN ABDOMINAL FAT

No, they don’t. They may strengthen your abs but they are not going to burn your abdominal fat. If you carry a bit of extra fat around your midsection, you need to change your diet and start doing cardio exercises. There is no easy way to burn that extra fat. Eat clean, do your cardio and exercise your abs.

DO HIGH REPS TO GET SIX PACK ABS

Well, don’t. You may think your abs are different to the other muscles in your body and they need high reps in order to shine, but they are not. Your abdominal muscles are the same as your biceps, pecs and any other muscle you can think of. Doing high reps is not the answer to your six pack abs. You need to challenge them and exercise them. Vary your routines, add weights and leave enough recovery time between sessions.

GO ON A LOW CARB DIET FOR SIX PACK ABS

This is not true. You can’t get your six pack abs to show just because you are on a low carb diet. You may lose a bit of weight on that diet but you are not going to have a washboard stomach. If you are serious about your body, you need to go on a balanced healthy diet that contains protein, fat and carbs. When I say carbs, I mean good carbs like whole grains, vegetables, fruit. Not sugars, added sugars or refined grains which are also known as bad carbs.

ONCE YOU GET SIX PACK ABS, YOU DON’T NEED TO EXERCISE ANY MORE

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. It’s as true as, once you wash your car; you don’t need to wash it ever again. Your six pack abs are the result of your diet, exercise and low body fat percentage. In order to keep your six packs abs, you need to keep exercising them, keep eating the right food and keep your body fat levels low.

These are just some of the most common myths about your six pack abs. The most important thing to remember is to treat your abdominal muscle like the rest of your muscles.

[quote_box_center]Look at the bigger picture and make sure you eat clean, vary your routine and do cardio to lower the fat layer which hides your six pack abs.[/quote_box_center]

2 COMMENTS

  1. Absolutely agree with the statements above. There are so many misconceptions on how to have six pack abs. One of the biggest is that by doing only exercises will help to get flat tummy. Well-chosen abdominal exercises, proper diet and cardio is the key. And yes, crunch is far NOT the best way to train abs. Thanks for sharing this article.

    • Thanks, Walter. I am glad you agree with my advice too. There’s too much emphasis on abs and people get carried away at times. Diet, exercise, cardio and recovery between sessions are more effective than just doing endless reps of crunches every day 🙂

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