Myth #1. “I don’t have good abs.”
People tell me this all the time, but it’s false. Everyone has good abs, you just can’t see them. A good abdominal program builds abdominal muscle and shreds body fat to bring them out of hiding. And don’t forget the simple arithmetic of burning body fat: if you eat 2,000 calories and burn 2,000 calories you’re breaking even.
Myth #2, “To get good abs, I have to work my abs.”
Of course you do, but you need to see a broader picture. You get the best results by going after your entire middle core by working your entire abdominal region, made up of three frontal components: upper, middle and lower and a fourth: your obliques, which reside on the right and left sides of your body’s core.
Myth #3, “I need to work my abs everyday.”
Sure you do, but it doesn’t mean working the same abdominals muscles over and over. Like every body part, your abdominal region is comprised of multiple muscles and you need to “change it up; switch it up.” Do lower abs one day, then middle, then upper, then obliques. Then start over with different types of exercises. Tighten that abdominal core when you train with weights, especially during shoulder and bench presses, bicep curls, triceps, everything. Make every exercise an opportunity to isometrically work your abdominal region.
Good exercises that use this holistic approach:
For upper abs, anything that engages your abs in upper body movements, like crunches. For middle, do full sit-ups. Lower? Any type of leg movement, for example, leg lifts on the floor or in a Roman chair. To hit your obliques, hang on a bar and twist your body from side to side.
So don’t think abs, think ABDOMINAL REGION. Think middle, lower, upper, sides.
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