Ab Training Myths

I’ve been hearing a lot about “six-pack”, “ab”, and “core” exercises lately.  There seems to be a lot of poor information flooding peoples minds lately so I figured I’d clear some of the nonsense!  Here are some ab training myths and truths.  Enjoy!

  • Myth: You Won’t Get Firm Without a Weight Machine.

Truth:  You don’t need weights to build abs and core strength, although some competitive athletes do use them for added resistance.  Many ab exercises can be performed on the floor; it’s effective, cheap and available everywhere.  There are many ways to vary the degree of difficulty, try V-ups, Seated Tucks, Leg Raises, or adding another form of resistance, etc. Weight machines limit your ability to move through certain ranges of motion!

  • myth: The Only Way To Get Rock Solid Abs Is To Train Them Everyday

Truth:  All muscles need some form of rest to recover, the abs are no exception to this rule.  It’s only during rest that your muscles recover and build.  I typically recommend working out 3 -5 days per week (3 minimum).  I’m not saying working out everyday is harmful.  As long as you don’t surpass your limitations, you’ll see results.


  • myth: A Good Ab Workout Takes An Hour

Truth:  Really? You can get a good ab workout in less than 5 – 10 minutes if you’re doing it properly.  Check your form, don’t use momentum and focus on quality rather than quantity. Once the quality increases so will the quantity.


  • myth: Super-slow crunches make your Abs stronger.

Truth:  NOT TRUE! Taking longer to move through the motion of a crunch doesn’t make you stronger than regular crunches do. In fact, ultra-slow is less effective. Your workout should help you do everything better! Think about it, whether you’re picking up your child or kickboxing, neither would be done in slo-motion, why should training your abs be different.


  • myth: The best time to train your abs is at the end of your workout.

Truth:  The best time to work them is simply whenever you’re most likely to do it! Keep in mind your abs get a workout from many different movements and exercises; Deadlifts, Push-Ups, Presses, etc…  I don’t agree with working only one muscle group at a time.  There is nothing that we do in life that requires us to use only one specific muscle group at a time.



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