Washboard, killer, six pack abs. Good looking guys and women with excellent midsection are admired and make other people’s jaw drop. If we can just do a hundred sit-ups a day, then it is possible to get the perfect abs that we want.
It seems like not all the things that we heard from ‘experts’ or overheard in the public areas are true. Maybe the reason why we are not getting those perfect abs are because we are not doing it right. Then that would be such a terrible waste of our time. So we need to know the myths and what is real to get the chiseled abs we want.
Six pack Myth 1: Abdominal muscle is different from regular muscle.
Muscle is muscle. Abdominal muscle is the same with our biceps and lats. The only difference is the location. Abdominal muscles are not resting on a bony surface, instead it is against the stomach and intestines. There is no significant difference whatsoever.
Six pack Myth 2: Strong abs means a strong back.
The key to a strong back is a balanced abdominal muscles. You can work your abs, but no more and no less than you work your other muscles throughout the day. There are heavy emphasis on working your abs, this heavy emphasis is often misunderstood to be the contributor of food health. Infomercials give the false belief that by working out just one part of your body will give your health great benefits.
Working out and exercise should not just be concerned with one part of the body. What you need is an overall body fitness to be healthy.
Six Pack Myth 3: You have to train your abs at least every other day.
They say that you need to train your abs hard enough twice a week, that is to give them time for recovery. The key is to choose exercises that fatigue your abs, so that they actually need recovery time. Include exercises that use the abs functionality. Since abs are used to stabilize the body, holding a push up position without letting your body sag will really feel and develop your abdominal muscles.
Six Pack Myth 4: To gain results, high repetitions are required.
The key to abdominal gains is the to overload. If you aim abdominal endurance, the more crunches you do each time, the more you can do later on. It does not strengthen the abs very much but it also eats up most of your time.
Six Pack Myth 5: Hard rock abs can be attained by doing a lot of sit-ups.
Many doctors say that sit-ups and crunches are the work exercises and perhaps should never be done. A common mistake done during crunches, is throwing the neck out. Crunches and sit-ups cause the abdominal muscles to be pulled to tight, this excessive pulling put stress on the neck or what is known as throwing the neck out. The overuse of crunch type exercises may even lead to the reduction of thoracic extension and contributes to bad posture.
Six Pack Myth 6: It takes years to get great abs.
Everyone has abdominal muscles, you just need to train them in the correct order and reduce the fat surrounding them. For some, it would take a few weeks. For other it may be longer. Different body type develop at different rates.