We say: “A toned stomach will only show if your body fat is low”
What you’ve been told
Crunches, sit-ups and core training deliver great looking abs. If you want a great looking mid-section you need to
perform these exercises regularly focusing on high reps for toning.
You cannot burn fat in a particular area by doing exercises that try to isolate that body part. Doing crunches will not target fat that is stored around the abdominals, for example. It’s worth noting also that a toned stomach will only show if your body fat is low.
Whilst perhaps beneficial for reasons such as core strength and stability, isolation movements like crunches and planks do very little for fat burning around the stomach. They don’t cause enough metabolic disturbance, which is key in forcing the body to change.
Core training could also have been one of the seven myths!
Sure, you need to condition the abdominals, the same as any other muscles, but you do not need to spend hours focusing on specific core exercises. If there is injury or weakness more focus might be needed, but a little is enough for most healthy people. A toned stomach will only show if your body fat is low.
What you can do?
Prioritise big multi-joint exercises such as squats,deadlifts, push-up variations and pulling exercises.
Progress and become more proficient with the big exercises and don’t overdo the isolation stuff.
Focus on exercises like those featured in our sessions. Combine these with a good diet and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a sculpted middle.
You can still do your direct abdominal exercises. Just save them for the end of your workouts when you’ve done the
Be sure to balance abdominal exercises with lower back ones to maintain balance, according to your requirements list.
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