Abs Myths - Facts and Myths on Perfect Abs

By: Alien

Here are some myths dispelled for you:

* Myth: Fat always deposits in the abs.
* Fact: The fat in your body will deposit where it is genetically programmed to.

Some people are apple shaped: they put on flab around the waist, chest and back first.

Others are pear shaped: they put on flab first on the hips and thighs. Their upper body fat is unhealthier as people with upper body fat have more chances of heart disease than people with lower body fat.

* Myth: Spot reducing abs is easy.
* Fact: You cannot spot reduce those abs!

Myth# Abdominal exercises will remove fat in my midsection.
Fact: You need to remove excess fat around your stomach in order to see your abs. The only way your going to do this is with a low-calorie diet and a weight-resistance program while adding cardio exercise. Ab exercises will develop muscles, but they'll still be under your fat.

Myth #

You have to train your abs everyday.

The rules of weight training state that you should give your muscles at least, a day of rest to recover and this applies to your abs as well. Instead of working your back everyday, do them every other day or even just three times a week. They need a break just like the rest of your body. The trick is to train them hard.

Myth #

Doing ab exercises gets rid of abdominal fat.

There is no such thing as spot reduction. People assume that if you have fat deposits on your abdominal, exercising the muscles underlying the fat will make it go away. But they assume wrong. You can't get rid of the fat over a muscle by repeatedly exercising that body part. The only way to burn fat from your tummy is through prolonged exercise and a healthy, low calorie diet.

Myth #

High repetitions are required to make gains.

As you've read earlier, abs are just like every other muscle in your body. That means, you should train your abs the same way as the rest of your muscle groups. To make strength gains with your abs, you have to overload your muscles.

Myth #

Anyone can have a flat stomach.

For many people it's not physiologically possible to achieve a flat stomach. In most of us the abdominal muscles are designed to be somewhat rounded, not flat. Age, genetics, gender all these factors decide the size, shape and appearance of you belly.

Myth #

With ABS I came stop faster. - Not necessarily. On a wet road, you MAY be able to stop quicker because your wheels are not locked up. However, in several conditions you can stop faster by locking up the wheels. One example is in deep snow. If you lock the brakes you create a wedge effect and stop quicker. Usually ABS distances are a tad shorter (10 feet) than non-ABS brakes, however, ABS gives you more steering ability then non-ABS brakes, the real advantage.

Myth #

Pumping the brakes will help ABS - NO. You will probably confuse the ABS system more than anything else. If you need to stop in a hurry then press firmly on the brakes and DON'T pump them. The ABS system will pump the brakes for you.

Myth #

If you have a bad back, training the abs will worsen it.

Training your abs will strengthen you back. The opposing muscles in you body always assist each other. So if you have weak ab muscles, the load of the work falls on the back. So strengthen the abs and your back will become stronger as well.

Don't waste time by falling victim to six main ab myths. Train intelligently in accordance with scientifically based training techniques and get super abs.

Myth#

Men and women should train their abs differently.

Fact: Men and women all have muscle, which is trained the same way. If a woman wants a sexy midsection, then she's going to eat correctly, follow a cardio program and train her abs the same way a man would.

Myth#

If I stop training my abs they'll turn to fat.

Fact: Muscles don't turn to fat. If you stay active and watch what you eat you'll keep your abs even if you stop training. But if you stop exercising and start eating junk, your abs will disappear.

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