Six pack abs are maybe the most wanted, but at the same time the most rarely seen muscles on every physique out there. And still the majority of the trainees don’t know how to get a 6 pack. Most of the people relate the feeling of tightness when doing crunches with having a flat stomach and so they believe that crunches are the key to well developed abs. Here are some common misconceptions about building 6 pack abs.
1.Doing hundreds of crunches a day will get you a ripped 6 pack.This is absolutely not true! Abs are a muscle group just like the biceps, triceps or any other muscle group.Doing hundreds of crunches will NOT get you defined.You will just overtrain your abs.Doing crunches with weights will make them stronger IF you give them enough rest and nutrients but it won’t make them much bigger.
2.To trim your waist you have to do crunches or sit-ups.Working a specific muscle does not burn the fat around that muscle! The body is programed to burn fat all over,not just in one part.So if you do a lot of crunches and sit-ups you’ll have stronger and bigger abs,but they won’t be visible if they are covered with fat.The key to getting a 6 pack is getting rid of the body fat.
3.You can eat large meals and lots of carbs because you work out.Well this is partially true…if you work out, move around A LOT, and you are blessed with a fast metabolism.Most people don’t work enough to burn all the calories they eat.
4.If you work your abs for hours every day, you will get great abs.Nope.Just like doing hundreds of crunches that will just get you overtrained and with no visible abs.
So how can you get 6 pack abs?
The key is a balanced diet and burning more calories than you eat on a daily basis. Being able to see a well defined 6 pack has nothing to do with doing any sort of ab exercises. It has everything to do with bodyfat levels.When doing compound exercises like squats, deadlifts and bench press you already work your abs hard.Try to cut the sugars in your diet, increase fiber intake, eat more protein, burn 300-500 calories more than you eat a day,and do light 30 minute cardio in the morning 2-3 times a week.