Six pack abs has to be the one thing all of my clients want the most. This has got to be the number one goal of everyone out there. Why would’nt you want a strong sculpted stomach.
But what does it take to get one? 90% of people will over-train their abs, sometimes up to 5 times a week. Doing crunch after crunch. They will follow the latest fad diet or use the latest infomercial gadget. Spending more money and getting less results.
Does this ring any bells?
For the majority, I’m sorry but you will never get the results you want. Why? Simply because you have been lied to for a very long time, we all have. And that is “spot reduction”. It is the greatest misconception in the industry.
If you are not sure what spot reduction means, it simply implies that you are able to burn fat from a specific area of your body. For example if you do lunges will burn fat from your butt. The idea that you can burn fat from one area of the body is TOTALLY false. Fat loss from one area just CANNOT be done. I have never seen a guy with a great set of washboard abs with man boobs and flabby arms, have you?
You can only achieve fat loss with a diet and exercise program that puts your body in a calorie deficit where you burn more than you eat, you then lose fat from your whole body. You cannot control this.
Are you wondering what this has to do with six pack abs? Its all to do with it.
We all have abs; the problem is that they are sadly covered with a layer (or two) of fat. You do have abs, you just cant see them.
Now you know spot reduction will not work, im going to suggest something different to what you have been taught; your ab exercises have almost nothing to do with getting six pack abs. Goes against what the fitness magazines tell you, right? Getting six pack abs is not based on how many sit ups you do but almost entirely on your body fat percentage.
Don’t believe me? Ask the less than 10% of successful people who do have a great six pack. They don’t waste time and money on gadgets and supplements or over training. Im not saying you can forget about ab exercises, they are still important. If you can lower your body fat percentage your abs will begin to show through. They are there, you just need to encourage them to come out.