We’ve all seen those late night shopping channels selling those ab crunching machines like the one shown here and some of you will actually have one collecting dust in the spare room or attic. They typically have a ridiculously toned model with a 10 pack curling their abs with a massive smile of their face! The crazy thing is….THIS TYPE OF MARKETING ACTUALLY WORKS!!! It’s mental!
Abs might be the most desired ‘look’ that people are after. Typically women want a flat stomach and men want a 6 pack. It’s fashionable and in all likelihood, it’s going to stay fashionable.
I’ve got news for you! Take a deep breath and reallllly focus on what you’re about to read
NO AMOUNT OF CRUNCHES, PLANKS, SIT UPS, LEG RAISES, BICYCLE KICKS, RUSSIAN TWISTS ETC ETC ETC WILL GET YOU ABS IF YOU’RE CARRYING TO MUCH BODY FAT.
Your abdominal muscles or ‘abs’ are incredibly important and certainly should be worked on in the gym but for the right reasons! Just like any other muscle group your abs can be over trained and they need recovery time. You can’t accelerate fat loss in a specific area of your body by training it more. Fat loss is systemic meaning fat will reduce from all over your body regardless of what area you are training more. It’s your genetic make up that determines where your fat is primarily stored and where it will take fat from first when you start to lose it. You have no physical control over it.
A lot of people don’t know this but pretty much any exercise that isn’t done on an isolation machine will be hitting the abs. Yes squats work the abs, yes lunges work the abs, yes press ups work the abs. Your core is pivotal for everyday movements and it’s continuously contracting and relaxing to help us move thorough every day life.
If it’s abs you want you need to pay more attention to your caloric intake and ultimately drop body fat.
That mythical piece of equipment that promises you a toned 6 pack doesn’t exist!