Who doesn’t want six pack abs? As an ACE certified Chicago based trainer, anyone I meet is literally dying to have a body like I do. Our society is filled with myths about six pack abs that need to be debunked, and I believe that this is the right time to do it. While every trainer has his/her own methods of achieving six packs, there are a number of productive ways to do it.
Myth #1: crunches develop abs
Oh dear God! Everyone proclaims to be an expert these days saying “60 crunches a day lead to six pack abs.” let me be honest, this is a myth. Here in Chicago, I am a personal trainer of a number of clients and JUST using crunches don’t work out. YES, they are helpful, but crunches alone isn’t the way to achieving six packs.
let me tell you this: you need over 1,000 crunches to burn a single pound of abdominal fat. And you think doing 30, 40 or 60 a day would help?
Myth #2: Spot reduction works
Seriously? When did that happen? Does it really work? Even after the 1971 study conducted by the Annals of Internal Medicine by comparing arms of tennis players, do you really believe spot reduction leads to six pack abs? spot reduction doesn’t work and instead may lead to serious consequences as you are only focusing on one part of your body instead of losing weight overall. Go ahead and lose weight using a diet plan and well-managed exercise by a personal trainer. To lose layers of fat that covers your abdominal muscles, you need to actually BURN more calories than you CONSME each day.
Myth #3: A certain diet will target belly fat
No, a certain diet plan DOES NOT lead to six pack abs UNLESS you combine healthy dose of exercise and strong will. But other than that, it is genetics and gender that decide where the fat is stored and in case of males, it is usually the abdomen.
There is no way that special magical diet you saw in the TV ad or magazine will reduce weight. Moreover, there is no guarantee that a vegan, paleo, low carb, high protein diets would lead to six pack abs. you need to work with a personal trainer to come up with a diet plan that helps you LOSE more weight THAN consume each day, such as unprocessed foods, fresh fruits, veggies, etc. do note that what works well for others may not work the same for you because there are differences in genetics and everyone’s lifestyle.
Myth #4: Cardio is a must
So here goes another one! “Run, run and run, just keep on doing cardio and you’ll get abs.” I, as a an ACE certified personal trainer NEVER recommended anyone to simply rely on cardio. You can even lose more fat using high intensive exercises and not doing cardio. I need to again refine on my point: “eat less and burn more.” That’s what helps you in achieving six pack abs.
Let me be honest. I never was a big fan of cardio, yet I have six pack abs. “Well, how is that possible Anatoly Nirshberg?” The answer is simple: Follow a well-managed diet and exercise plan that focuses on burning weight and providing nutritional value from meals.
Myth #5: you need special equipment for 6 packs
No you don’t. In my Chicago-based gym, I never recommend any of my clients to use special equipment. They use the equipment that I have installed and they aren’t special, such as a treadmill, some TRX devices, and BOSU balls. What you need is the right strategy, not the right type of equipment to gain six packs.