The most common myths about abs
Myth 1: Crunch your heart out for a six pack
Doing 500 crunches a day will strengthen and build up your abdominal muscles, however spot reduction unfortunately doesn't work. You must lose overall body fat to be able to see those muscles!
Myth 2: You can work your abs out everyday
9/10 people think it's okay to work their abs out daily. This is definitely not true. They're a muscle just like every other, and if it's not okay to work your biceps out every day, then it's not okay for your abs either. Your muscles get stronger when they rest, and heal themselves. When you don't take rest days you'll never get those abs stronger and you could cause other problems for yourself.
Myth 3: You only need crunches to do the trick
Now we've moved on from doing abs everyday, and you've lost enough body fat to show those washboards, but you don't see results from the sit up and crunch routine you have going. That's because your ab muscles are made of different muscles. Crunches are great for the front, but without using different angles and moves to engage your core your six pack will be lacking. Involve rotational movements as well as incorporating your legs into your routine.
Myth 4: I did abs today.. I can totally eat that donut
As delicious as it sounds, having a six pack... or an 8 pack is 20% gym, 80% nutrition. You won't show it off if you're diet consists of fatty foods like that. Fill your fridge with leafy veggies, natural foods and plenty of water. These foods help keep your fat count down as well as aiding in overall weight loss
Jen is a Certified Personal Trainer/Weight Loss Specialist. She is dedicated to helping everyone achieve their goals as well as sharing her journey throughout her own goals.