I’ll bet you have heard this at some time, some where is a fitness facility by someone boasting. The abdominal muscles are the body’s most obsessed and talked about in the entire body. Although, there are a lot of misconceptions that go along with all of that boasting. Let me see if I can help clear some of that up for you.
Those 1000 crunches are not going to help! You can’t spot reduce! You can tone your abdominal muscles, but unless you start changing your diet that same layer of fat will still be sitting there. The best combination is a clean, healthy diet, cardio exercise and strength training and yes…in that order. It will not happen over night but you will get there!
The flat stomach that everyone seems to want, get over it! Anatomy was not designed that way and it only leads to eating disorders. The torso is shaped somewhat like a cylinder and not like the “washboard” that you so commonly hear them referred to. It just depends on genetics, gender and of course, age.
So, the more positive approach to this is to work on posture which can do amazing things to make you look slimmer.
Last, if it seems to good to be true then it most likely is a scam. There are no magic pills or potions. Don’t buy into infomercials! Most of those gadgets will get you injured. As I started out, you do not have to do 1000 crunches. Your muscles fatigue, if the exercise is done correctly (speed, form and weight) no more than 15-20 reps max per set.
I hope that gives you a little insight into a few myths into the abdominal training. Besides, there are FAR better exercises, such as planks and the multiple variations just to name one that can bring much better results.