On a quest to get flat abs before your wedding day? This is definitely a primary mission amongst many brides who are preparing for their big day. But in doing so, there’s also a good chance that you’re falling for some of the biggest ab training myths around.
The myth that crunches are effective.
Brides-to-be everywhere are working their butts off on abdominal mats, hoping that if they spend enough time on them, all their hard work will pay off in the end.
But is this really the case? Will their hard work deliver? Or are they just wasting precious minutes of their day?
The sad fact of the matter is that if you’re doing your time on the crunch matts, you’re going to be getting very little payoff for your efforts.
Let’s look at why this is and show you the better way.
Ab Movements And Calories
The very first thing that you must keep in mind is the fact that performing hundreds of different ab movements really won’t burn all that many calories at all. Ab crunches aren’t utilizing major muscle groups and if you aren’t working incredibly large muscle fibers, you just won’t be seeing the calorie burn you could.
Your total calorie burn would be far greater doing a set of squats, lunges, push-ups, or burpees for example compared to any variation of the sit-up.
The Fat Factor
The second reason why crunches are a fast-track to nowhere is because if you have a high amount of fat covering the mid-section, it won’t matter how many crunches you do, your abs will still not be visible.
Always remember, priority number one when seeking flat ab success is to melt off excess body fat covering the abs.
Even if your muscles are well developed, if you have this thick blanket of fat covering them, how well do you think you’ll be seeing the muscles?
This is why fat loss must take priority over ab movements.
The Smarter Solution
So what is the smarter solution? How can you fast-track yourself to better abs?
First, get a full body workout program in place. This is the form of workout that is going to burn far more calories per minute that you perform it and therefore help you create the calorie deficit that’s required for fat loss to occur.
Second, make sure that you have a good look at your diet plan.
Remember, if you’re eating a poor diet and consuming too many calories, you can do all the exercise in the world but chances are you won’t be creating any sort of calorie deficit to get the body turning to body fat as a fuel source.
Diet plus intense exercise is what equates to fat loss success. And fat loss success is what equates to getting you the flat abs you’re after.
So move away from those crunch mats. They’re only wasting your time and leading you astray!
-Krista Klumpp, contributing editor