Common Abs Myths
Endless crunches and situps will tone the abs, and result in a six pack!
Wrong. You can perform 1,000 crunches and situps every day for the next 2 decades and you still won’t tone your abs and carve out a six pack. While ab exercises can help to build strong and thick abs, they won’t strip away the fat that is currently covering your abs. Only a proper fat cutting diet can tone your midsection, revealing the abs that lie beneath.
As long as you are eating healthy you will lose fat and tone your abs!
False. While eating healthy is a good start, it doesn’t guarantee toned abs. It is possible to eat only “good foods” and still gain weight. It is also possible to eat the wrong types of healthy foods, which might cause you to lose muscle, making it harder to see your abs! To lose fat the right way you will need to focus on the total amount of calories you are eating each day, while keeping an eye on protein, carbohydrate and fat consumption.
Resistance training isn’t needed when dieting for six pack abs!
While resistance training isn’t needed when on a fat stripping diet, it will help you to tone and maximize your current muscle mass. On the other hand, if you don’t utilize some form of resistance training, you risk losing fat AND muscle while dieting. The end result might be six pack abs, but not much else to go with it.
Abs must be worked as frequently as possible with high reps!
No, not exactly. While the abdominals are a smaller muscle group, and can generally be worked more frequently, you should still train them like any other muscle group. Far too often the abs are not trained with progressive resistance, meaning that the workouts do not become more difficult over time. It is more important to make ab workouts challenging than it is to perform an endless amount of easy repetitions.
Also, abs should be worked about 1-3 times per week. As a rule, the more frequently your train your abs, the less daily volume you should use. Working abs everyday provides very little benefit, and makes it harder for your ab muscles to grow. As previously mentioned, an excessive amount of ab work will not tone your abs. Challenging your abs with more resistance will help to build a thicker six pack, and the larger your abs, the more prominent they become!