Common Misconceptions About Abs

Sep 3, 2014: At one point in time, some guys got fascinated with six pack abs and it just blew out of proportion. It’s not undoable and for that you need to learn the common misconceptions about abs. Here are the top myths:

1) Lots Of Crunches & Sit-Ups Will Give You Six Pack Abs:- Somehow the sit-up and abdomen crunches has gotten associated with six pack abs and thousands now believe that doing a lot of them is a way to a flat tummy. Sadly, life is never that easy. A flat abdomen comes from a combination of a healthy diet and exercise with a healthy dose of strength training and cardio. It’s impossible to spot reduce. lose weight from just one part of the body.

2) You Need To Crash Diet To Get Six Pack Abs: They say abs are made in the kitchen but that doesn’t mean that you go on a crazy crash or fad diet to lose weight. What you need are six, small balanced meals throughout the day which should include the right amount of proteins, carbs, fats, minerals and other nutritional groups without which you will never shape up. Crash diets don’t help since the moment you stop them, you go back to being the way you are. Also they slow down your metabolism, which will affect your body’s ability to burn fat.

3) The Only Abs Exercises Are Crunches & Sit-Ups: While there’s nothing wrong with these two exercises, they are not the only ones that can help work your abs muscles. While it goes without saying that you need cardio, you also need to compound exercises like the bench press, squats, pull-ups and deadlifts which target more than one muscle group. If you want abs specific exercises, there are leg raises, twists, side dumbbell bends, hanging leg raises, plank, side plank and the wood chop to name just a few exercises.

4) Upper Abs & Lower Abs Need To Be Trained Separately: No one knows where people got the idea; you can’t really isolate the lower abs or the upper abs. They are all part of the same muscle and can’t be contracted independent of the other. It’s just that during a regular crunch you feel like your upper abs are being worked even though the entire muscle is worked. Similarly when you do leg raises, you are working the entire abs but feel more involvement in the lower abs.

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