A nice tight mid-section is the one thing most people are after and personally I find that the abs are the truest indicators of health and fitness. If I really want to know what is going on with any of my clients all I have to do is examine their abdominals.
The abs are the one body part that serves as the gold standard for whether someone is achieving any fat loss results.
Working out the abs is highly misunderstood and most people really don't know how they work and how best to train them After doing endless crunches and sit ups that don't seem to the job, most give up and turn to late night TV for the latest gimmicks.
They reach the conclusion that basic floor abdominal exercises don't work so they start searching for a better mouse trap. Well I have news, crunches can be very effective if you do them right.
But first let's burst the most persistent fitness myth - Spot Reduction. It does not work! Spot reduction is the idea that if you have fat in a specific part of your body and you want to remove it, then all you have to do is simply exercise just that particular body part.
Truth is that it doesn't matter what new late night infomercial gizmos you buy or how many crunches you do, you will not reduce the size of your abs unless you get on a total body fat loss plan to decrease fat from your entire body.
Now, if you have a fat loss plan that includes a sound good diet and exercise program, then you are about to achieve phenomenal results with what about to reveal to you. It's the easiest and simplest way to get the most out of your ab exercises even from basic ones like crunches.
Remember crunches if done correctly are the most effective exercise and hands down beat most abs equipment. Yes you heard me right, crunches are better than 9 out of 10 of the fancy equipment on the market and best of all they are free.
Your basic crunch is fantastic for anyone that wants to work their abs with minimal stress on the lower back and you can get the biggest bang for your buck if you use the technique I'm about to teach you.
When it comes to working out the abs, the standard advice is to either pull your abs in or pull your belly button towards your spine this is wrong because it stops engaging your rectus abdominis which is the 6 pack of muscle that most people talk about when referring to the abs.
So don't pull in your abs, it's a mistake. Instead you should be tightening your stomach.
Sucking in your abs defeats the entire purpose of engaging your core because in order for you to pull your belly button towards your spine, your rectus abdominis your (6 pack of abs) has to relax. So not only are you providing less support for your lower back, but you are not working them effectively and will get mediocre results at best because your abs are disengaged.
So don't pull your abs in, make them tight. Assume you are about to brace for a big punch or a blow to your stomach and you want to protect yourself - that's what I'm referring to when I say tighten your stomach. Your entire stomach area is taut and feels rigid and feels like you are ready to bounce a basketball from it.
Remember - tighten your stomach when performing your ab exercises and you will see better results with all your workouts. If you are looking for a great resource that will give you all the tools and techniques on finally getting to lose belly fat and get flat tight abs, I highly recommend the program The Truth About Abs. It's the #1 rated abs program on the Internet and has unique dietary strategies and powerful training techniques. Click here for details.
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Published On: February 16, 2009