Fact: When it comes to training, your abs (rectus abdominals, internal/external obliques) are like every other muscle. In order to get the most benefit, you have to train them hard and allow sufficient rest between sessions.
They grow just like any other muscle and training them disproportionately will cause them to grow disproportionate to your other musculature which can cause muscle imbalances and other issues. This includes over training your “core” with an over abundance of planks.
In fact, the majority of low back issues we see are the direct result of abdominal over training.
Myth #2 : Doing sit ups, twists & sidebends will trim your waistline.
Fact : You can’t reduce waistline fat simply by doing ab exercises. Spot reduction just does not happen! Yes, you need to do ab and core exercises to develop the abdominal muscles. They need to be strengthened just like your glutes or your biceps but, in order to actually see those ab muscles, you need to strip the fat that’s covering them.
Myth #3: You need to do many more reps for ab exercises.
Fact: This is just not so. The most common training mistake when it comes to the abs is ineffective exercises. The next is poor technique. Exercises like crunches, sit ups and leg lifts are old school and the majority of the time, the actual abdominals is not even being worked. Substitute old school, ineffective exercises like sit ups, crunches, leg lefts or , god forbid that archaic ab crunch machine for exercises like planks, ball rolls , burpees or even good old fashioned push ups and I will guarantee you flatter more defined abs in no time.
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