5 Myths About Getting Six-Pack Abs
Many guys want six-pack abs, and some even work hard to get them. If you’re one of those guys, there’s a good chance you’re doing it wrong. Here’s why.
By Michael Irons
Pretty much 99 percent of dudes would want a set of six-pack abs. However, a far, far smaller percentage of guys actually does the work required to get them. Sadly, there are no shortcuts — like “7-Minute Abs,” magic pills, or fat-zapping lap belts — that actually work. Instead, you need to adopt a low-calorie, high-protein diet. And keep up with a challenging workout regimen. And remember that these five abs myths are total bullsh*t.
MYTH #1: ABS SHOULD BE DONE FIRST IN A WORKOUT ROUTINE
If all you’re doing is working your abs and then heading home, sure. Otherwise, an abs routine should be done after weight training. A strong core helps protect the spine. Doing abs first can leave the core fatigued and lead to a lower-back injury.
MYTH #2: YOU NEED TO TRAIN YOUR ABS EVERY DAY
Your abdominal muscles are the same as any other muscle group — overtraining them will lead to plateaus, loss of motivation, and an elevated risk injury. Avoid those things by resting your gut muscles for 48 hours after knocking out a tough routine like this one:
|EXERCISE||SETS / REPS||REST|
|Hanging Leg Raise||3 / 12, 12, 12||1 minute|
|Decline Bench Crunch||4 / 15, 15, 15, 15||1-2 minutes|
|Abs Rollout||3 / 8-10 (slow)||1 minute|
|Exercise Ball Crunch||3 / 20, 15, 12||1 minute|