One of the most common myths I’ve heard is that you must do a lot of crunches if you want your stomach to be flat. I’m sure we have all heard this at one time or another in our lives. Do you want to shed those love handles? Do some oblique exercises. Do crunches if you want to lose your beer “pouch”. That is false. It is not possible to lose inches by working out your abs daily. This is not the way to tone your body. This article will tell you why it is a myth and show you how to achieve a toned and defined body.
Let’s begin with the basics: localized fat reduction is not possible. It is impossible to choose where your fat loss takes place. You have no control over where your body gets the fat. The stomach is often the first to lose body fat. This is not always true. Doing a lot of abs per day will not help you lose body fat in this area faster. Fat loss comes down to a calorie deficit. This is when we burn more calories than what we eat so that our bodies are forced to use the fat we have stored to meet energy needs. To get a six-pack and visibly toned muscles, you must first eliminate the fat that conceals them.
Ab exercises are not harmful. Hypertrophy is often a result of training a muscle. When the fat has gone, a large and strong muscle will be more visible than a smaller one. Exercise can also help to reduce calories, which will help keep a caloric deficit. The muscles will naturally appear once we have lost fat. What is the secret to achieving this? If you want to tone up, don’t train one muscle group. You can really improve muscle definition by using training methods that burn a lot of calories like HIIT. Your body will begin to burn fat, and eventually, it will focus on the area you are focusing on. Do you want to have abs? Before you start any ab exercises, make sure that your body fat percentage is lower. If you don’t get rid of the excess fat, none of these will work. After you have eliminated the fat, you can begin to build muscle and make it stronger.
This post was written by Darryl Johnson, Co-Owner of Apex performance. At Apex performance we are a community of highly trained experts looking to provide performance enhancement and a permanent lifestyle change for our clients in a fun and interactive environment. Members can take advantage of personal training in Tampa, one-on-one training, small group classes, and specialized courses for a wide variety of athletics, sports training, and body goals!