Learn The Truth About Six Pack Abs And How You Can Them!
Everybody wants to get a six pack these days, as the abdominal muscles are some of the most aesthetically pleasing muscles on the body. There is, however, a lot of misconceptions on how to attain a six pack.
Listed below are 5 myths that people believe will get them great abs.
Anyone who puts hours and hours into the gym knows that anything that is too good to be true, probably is.
Getting the physique you desire takes a lot of work and does not happen over night. The same goes with getting a six pack. It takes time and effort.
There are so many marketing campaigns that feast on consumer ignorance, and promise little effort and big results. There is no easy way to about it. If you want to make gains, you have to work hard and put in the time.
Also, like other muscle groups, you should not work out abs every day. It is important to give them time to recover, especially if they are sore from a previous workout.
Another reason why this is a myth is because the main reason most people do not have a visual six pack is because they have fat covering their abs. No matter how strong someone’s core is, if there is body fat covering it, there will not be visible abs.
Thus, diet is huge, especially in regards to having a six pack.
It is NOT possible to remove fat from specific parts of your body, unless you literally cut off the fat, which I do not recommend for obvious reasons.
If we have certain areas on our body that are higher in fat than we would like, it is not possible to specifically remove fat from that area.
The only way to remove fat from anywhere in the body is to create a caloric deficit and lose weight. Where you lose fat is determined mostly by your genetics, so thus, your body will decide where the fat is coming off of.
Although this number is not perfectly accurate, I would argue to say that getting a six pack is 70% low body fat percentage and 30% core strength. The best way to get a low body fat percentage is by losing weight, and the best way to lose weight is by burning the most calories.
Thus, the most effective ways to get a six pack is by performing cardiovascular workouts, or compound movements, such as squats, deadlifts, and bench press.
These exercises will burn the most calories, which, in combination with your diet, will help you lose weight and achieve that six pack that you desire.
Although some machines can be of help when performing an abdominal workout, all you really need to get a great workout is a nice empty space in which to maneuver.
There are so many different ab exercises that you can do in your living room, such as crunches, planks, reverse crunches, bicycles, etc. All the infomercials will try to brainwash you into believing that you need these high-tech gadgets to get a good workout in, and this is just not the case.
If you are going to invest in workout equipment, spend it on dumbbells, resistance bands, a foam roller, an E-Z bar, etc.
I hear so many questions from people asking how to target their lower abs. This is simply not possible. When you workout your abdominal muscles, you are working out your entire core, not just the top or the bottom.
The reason why some individuals have no lower abs showing while their upper abs are visible, comes back to body fat. They have less fat on their upper abs than on their lower abs. The solution to this problem is to continue to strengthen your core while losing body fat.
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About Danny Maman My name is Danny Maman. I have a real passion for health and fitness and enjoy having a life that revolves around this. I have my bachelor's degree in exercise science with a minor in allied health. I am also a certified personal trainer with ACE and am a former college basketball player.