Whether it’s crunches, raises or sit-ups, for some reasons we were taught to believe the more reps the better. A lot of pro’s believe that training abs every day is essential, some say only once or twice a week is necessary, so what is the truth? The truth is, abs are made in the kitchen! If you are not willing to clean up your diet, you will have to accept that there is a big possibility that you will never have a flat or sculpted mid-section.
Abs are in a way very similar to your calves, they can be trained regularly and don’t require the same amount of rest like most other muscle groups. Keep in mind training your abs doesn’t get rid of the fat around them, it only stimulates the muscle underneath the fat, this is why a lot of pro’s train them every second day as they might consider it a weak body part and not because of the fat percentage covering them.
Many individuals believe that by doing side bends they are targeting and burning away their love handles, this is utter BS! It’s scientifically proven that you cannot target fat reduction through a specific exercise, meaning if you want to get rid of lower abdominal fat, hanging leg raises is going to do absolutely nothing. It might help strengthen and actually define the muscle itself, but it’s the same as mentioned above, in order to burn the fat you will have to burn more calories and eat less crap.
THE ONLY WAY TO TRAIN ABS ARE THROUGH AB EXERCISES
This is another big misconception. I see personal trainers all the time explaining to their clients how important it is to train abs regularly using specific ab exercises and ab exercise machines. Don’t get me wrong, training abs are an essential part of any fitness plan as it helps prevent lower back pain and helps strengthen the core to help prevent any unnecessary injuries, but ab exercises are not the only way to stimulate the abdominals.
Exercises like squats, bent over rows and many other compound lifts also targets the abdominal muscles, as they help with overall balance, posture control during lift and prevention of lower back injuries, so technically you are training abs without actually “training” them. What I’m trying to say here is if you include more compound lifts into your training routine the less you will actually have to implement ab workouts.
SO HOW DO YOU GET FLAT, SCULPTED ABS?
1. By training regularly,
2. Making sure that you are burning sufficient calories during your training sessions
3. Including more compound lifts into your workouts
4. Including an ab workout once or twice a week into your training plan
5. And cleaning up your diet
WRITTEN BY JANDRE DE BEER.