Sixpack Myth #1 — Abdominal muscle is different from regular muscle.
Muscle is muscle. Abdominal muscle is the same as our biceps and lats.
The only difference is the location.
Abdominal muscles are not resting on a bony surface, instead they’re lying against the stomach and intestines. But there’s no significant difference between these and other muscles.
Sixpack Myth #2 — Strong Abs Means a Strong Back.
The key to a strong back is a balanced abdominal muscles.
You can work your abs, but no more and no less than you work your other muscles throughout the day.
There’s a lot of emphasis on working just the abs. There’s a big misconception — created largely by infomercials — that working out just one part of your body will give your health great benefits.
Working out and exercise should not just be concerned with one part of the body. What you need is overall body fitness to be healthy.
Sixpack Myth #3 — You have to train your abs at least every other day.
What you really need to do is train your abs hard enough twice a week.
The key is to choose exercises that fatigue your abs, so that they actually need recovery time.
Include exercises that use the abs’ functionality. Since abs are used to stabilize the body, holding a push up position without letting your body sag will really let you feel and develop your abdominal muscles.
Sixpack Myth #4 — To gain results, high repetitions are required.
The key to abdominal gains is the overload. If you aim for abdominal endurance, the more crunches you do each time, the more you can do later on. This is nice, sure — but it doesn’t strengthen the abs very much, and it also eats up most of your time.
Sixpack Myth #5 — Rock-hard abs come from a lot of sit-ups.
Many doctors say that sit-ups and crunches are the worst exercises and perhaps should never be done.
A common mistake done during crunches is to throw the neck out.
Crunches and sit-ups cause the abdominal muscles to be pulled too tight, and this excessive pulling puts stress on the neck.
The overuse of crunch type exercises may even lead to the reduction of thoracic extension, and could contribute to bad posture.
Sixpack Myth #6 — It takes years to get great abs.
Everyone has abdominal muscles, you just need to train them in the correct order and reduce the fat surrounding them.
For some, it might only take a few weeks. For others, it may be longer.
Different body types develop at different rates — find a workout plan that works for you, and start giving it your all!