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Abdominal Muscle Training Myths

Surely you can get confused by the conflicting information about how to train your abdominal muscles. There are so many different experts' opinions, theories and rumors that it is easy to get lost and stop distinguishing the myths from the facts.

This is what this article is for: to help you debunk some of the most popular myths of abdominal muscle training.

  1. Abdominal muscles are different from the other muscles.

    The abdominal muscle is no different than the rest of your muscles like your biceps, triceps, quads, and etc. Well, except for the location. And just like the other muscles, abdominal muscles should be trained with resistance exercises and should be given the needed time to rest and recover after workouts.

  2. Abdominal exercises will burn away your abdominal fat.

    This is one of the worst myths of abdominal muscle training. You should finally understand that you may be killing yourself with hundreds of ab exercises a day, and you will still get worse results than someone who is doing a few sets of abs a week and bets on full-body training instead. It is sad that though spot reducing has been disproved for a long time now, there are so many men and women who still believe it works and waste their time and efforts on abdominal exercises.

  3. You have to train your abdominal muscle every day.

    We already pointed out that abdominal muscles are just like any other muscle group - they need time for recovery. Train them hard, using resistance exercises, but only twice a week or every other day at most. And forget about your hopes that training your abdominals every day will guarantee you a six pack. You will achieve great 6 pack abs only after you lose your belly fat and that is just not going to happen without proper nutrition and full-body training.

  4. The more repetitions, the better.

    Well, if your goal is abdominal endurance, surely the more crunches you do, the more you'll be able to do next time. However, repetitions are not the key to strengthening and developing your abs. Remember, resistance is what develops and tones the muscles.

  5. Sit-ups and ab crunches are best training for building abdominal definition.

    Actually, crunches and sit-ups are two of the ab exercises that provide the least amount of resistance which makes them some of the worst exercises for building abdominal definition, rather than the best. They are fine if you are really out of shape, but for a good abdominal training you will need a much better stimulus for your ab muscles than sit-ups and crunches.

  6. It takes years/days to get great abs.

    If someone tries to convince you that no matter how hard you workout it will take you years to get great six pack abs, or offers you a product that is promising to get you the perfect abs in a matter of days, just ignore them. Great abs is hard to get and will not happen overnight, but it would certainly not take you years to achieve it if you follow the right program. Remember, everyone has abdominal muscles. Train them properly and reduce the fat that is surrounding them and you are bound to get the six pack abdominals you want.

If you don't know where to start and want adequate and comprehensive information on how to get rid of your abdominal fat and develop ripped abs, you can get a copy of Mike Geary's e-book "The Truth about Six-Pack Abs". Mike Geary is one of the most recognized bodybuilding authors and his program has helped thousands of men and women reduce their abdominal fat and develop great six pack abs.

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