Myth 1 – you get abs by doing ab exercises
This is the worst myth. For 95% of you, doing crunches, situps, or ab machines will NOT get you abs. You already HAVE abs, if you didn’t your torso would be as limp as cooked spaghetti. The real problem is that your abs are hidden. To see a visible 6-pack you have to remove the fat that is covering your abs.
Myth 2 – you can get abs in just 8 minutes a day
If you could get abs in 8 minutes a day then everyone would have them!!! To get 6-pack abs you have to lose weight a.k.a fat, not do ab exercises. There are 6min ab programs, 8min ab programs, 5min ab programs and NONE of them will give you six pack abs unless you lose bodyfat.
Myth 3 – you can do spot fat removal
Where did this stupid myth get started? I get dozens of emails each week from people asking for exercises to remove love handles or belly fat. You CANT do spot fat removal! If you have love handles all you can do is keep reducing your bodyfat by eating less and doing more cardio till they disappear. Your body decides where the fat will come off and there’s not a dang thing you can do about it. Just keep reducing the bodyfat till the love handles go away.
Myth 4 – to get 6-pack abs you need to buy something
If getting abs were as easy as buying something, everybody would have them! There is no end to these wishful (and expensive) devices. They all have one thing in common though, its the false idea that YOU don’t have to do anything – you can just sit back, relax and let something else do the work. These schemes vary from low tech to high tech. Low tech cheap examples are fat-suits and fat belts – complete waste of money.
Myth 5 – For lower abs you need to do special exercises
People often get the upper 4 abs, then they wonder what exercise they should do to get lower abs – I get this question ALL the time. There are no special exercises to work the lower abs, its just a matter of removing the fat over them. And remember myth #3, you cant do spot fat removal.
Fact- doing ab exercises will get you stronger and slightly bigger ab muscles, however they will not lose your belly fat.