Updated: Aug 13, 2019
This isn't the ab machine I'm referring to (insert any machine here) but its this kind of B.S that I want to address.People have to separate from what they have been brain washed to believe, like theirs some magical machine or supplement that does all the hard yards for you?, if it’s a six-pack you’re after. Abdominal's are made in the kitchen, for the most part, by reducing body fat with a disciplined, healthy diet. If core strength is the goal, opt for planks, which work more of the core muscles including transverse abdominis, those deep-tissue muscles that are vital for a tight, flat-stomach look while protecting your back and neck from injury.
With countless other exercises you can perform, lets break down some old myths about getting abs.
Myth #1: Abdominal exercises get rid of your muffin top.
Reality: Ab exercises can’t help you “go from flab to abs,” because flab and abs are separate entities. Abdominal exercises strengthen and tone your muscles, but these muscles lie underneath the layer of fat on top. Spot-reducing through toning exercise is a fantasy. The only way to lose your belly fat is to eat less and exercise more a strategy that reduces your overall body fat. However, even then you have no guarantee that you’ll lose the fat from your middle.
Myth #2: You should do several hundred crunches at a time.
Reality: Treat your abs like any other muscle group; in other words, perform 8 to 15 repetitions per set to fatigue for optimal strength and endurance conditioning. To focus on endurance training for the abs, do more reps up to 24 to fatigue. If you can do more than this, you’re either doing the exercise incorrectly or you’re performing an exercise that’s too easy for you. Either way, you’re not doing your abs much good.
Myth #3: You need a product/machine to train your abs.
Reality:As much as this infomercials and fitness models lead you to believe that a curtain product helped them develop there steel like core,the truth is they more then likely never touched the product in there life.
Myth #4: Your stomach has two separate muscles: The upper abs and lower abs.
Reality: The rectus abdominis is one long, flat, continuous sheet of muscle. Any abdominal crunch exercise works the entire muscle, although lifting your upper body off the floor emphasizes the upper portion of the rectus, and lifting your hips off the floor emphasizes the lower portion. When you do ab exercises slowly and with perfect form, you feel the entire muscle working no matter what exercise you do.