Debunking The Top Ab Myths

Debunking The Top Ab Myths - 5 Common Ab Myths

By Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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Abdominal exercises are not the only thing you need to do if you want a 6-pack. You also need to work on your nutrition and stick to a fat-burning, muscle-building diet all year round.

Debunking The Top Ab Myths - 5 Common Ab Myths:

  1. Myth: You don't need to watch what you are eating

    A proper diet is THE key factor if you are trying to get 6-pack abs. Plan your nutrition in advance to avoid failure.

  2. Myth: As long as you do a lot of abdominal exercises and lots of repetitions, it doesn't matter how well you do them

    debunking the top ab myths,

    It's important to do ALL repetitions with proper form. Focus more on the quality, not just quantity.

    Avoid doing sit-ups and too many crunches. Both exercises can damage your spine and lower back, while crunches are rarely effective.

  3. Myth: You can "spot reduce" the fat on your stomach with crunches

    No matter how many crunches you perform, you will not get rid of your ab fat by doing crunches alone.

    You need a proper diet and an increase in your calorie burning levels from strength training and interval training.

  4. Myth: Infomercial products will help you get the 6-pack you always wanted

    We have all seen dozens of ab gadgets on TV, but none of them are magic. You can't really expect anything you order from TV will help you get a 6-pack. The only way to get results is by doing hard work with nutrition and training.

  5. Myth: You have to do abs every day

    You don't need to work your abs every day. Train them twice a week and use non-conventional exercises such as Mountain Climbers and Stability Ball Jackknives to reduce the stress on your lower back.


debunking the top ab myths, About the Author

Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines.

His popular Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of people lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week.

For more information on Turbulence Training workouts that help burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit

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