Common Workout Myths Part 1- Ab Workouts!
Today I’m starting a segment discussing some of the most common exercise myths that have been wrongly imbedded in our minds from bad infomercials, TV exercise gadgets, and mass marketed workout videos. I’ll be the first to admit that for years I tried ALL of these counterproductive gimmicks before I finally gained a better understanding of what REALLY triggers our metabolism to lose weight effectively and efficiently.
I wish I could recover all the wasted time and effort I put into chasing the dream of a good physique from fad diets, misinformation, and just plain old bad advice.
𝗟𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗬𝗧𝗛 #𝟭…
𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗠𝗨𝗦𝗧 𝗗𝗢 𝗦𝗜𝗧-𝗨𝗣𝗦 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗖𝗥𝗨𝗡𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗦 𝗧𝗢 𝗙𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗧𝗘𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗔𝗕𝗦
How many times have you heard people say you need to “feel the burn” in your abs otherwise you’re not working them well enough? Years ago I bought one of those “AS SEEN ON TV” ab rollers designed to help me get 6-pack abs. I used it daily for two years! I definitely felt the burn but no 6-pack abs. I figured I must be doing something wrong or maybe I wasn’t doing it long enough.
Our abs weren’t designed to twist, crunch, or bend. In fact, they’re designed to do just the opposite. The REAL role of our abdominal muscles is to provide core stability. That is, they’re supposed to PREVENT your core from twisting, crunching, and bending. From a kinesiology standpoint, our abs are meant to be a stabilizing force protecting our spine from injury and to provide balance.
That “burn” you’re feeling doing hours of sit-ups and crunches may be putting undo stress on your back and is potentially doing more harm than good. The truth is that all those ab targeted exercises can cause back injuries and stress your spine by causing it to flex and stretch in ways it’s not designed to move.
Don’t get me wrong— there are plenty of good ab and core strength building exercises that will help build core strength safely, many of which we’ve discussed in previous posts, such as a variety of plank exercises, the bicycle crunch, and reverse crunch. (If you’re unfamiliar with these exercises, I recommend checking them out by clicking here.)
Unfortunately, none of these exercises alone are going to give you tight, sculpted abs. If you truly want 6-pack abs, the only way to do it is by removing the layer of flab that’s covering your midsection. How? I’ll explain that after I’ve completed this segment of WORKOUT MYTHS.
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