4. Having a six-pack equals strong core
There is this false notion that you can only achieve a six-pack look if you have a strong midsection, or if you already have a strong midsection you will automatically have a six-pack. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Of course, strong core is a prerequisite to being very strong at the big compound lifts, but it is not necessarily related to the ab muscles.
They are mostly mutually exclusive. What that means is that you can have a chiseled midsection and have a weak core and vice versa. As we previously mentioned, having a six-pack is the result of having a low body fat over the abdominal muscles. While a strong core will most definitely support you when doing abdominal exercises, it won’t necessarily mean you will have a six-pack.
5. You must train using high volume
When it comes to ab training there is this myth that you should be training with a high volume if you want to see quick results. You will see lots of people doing crunches and leg raises endlessly believing that will get them faster to their goal when actually none of that is required.
The truth is you should be training the abs like you would train any other muscle group.
Numerous studies have shown that abs are one of the muscle groups that are better stimulated when the rep range is a bit higher. For optimal results try going for 8 to 12 sets comprised of 3 or 4 different movements.
6. Weight training will harm you
The majority of people think that training with weights will derail you from the path to achieving a great set of abs. They mistakenly believe that it stresses the abdominal muscles too much. But that is simply not true. If you train your abs using weights it will strengthen them and you’ll be doing that by training with a high intensity. Weight training makes your midsection defined and chiseled. It would be smart to train in the 15-20 rep range.
7. You should be training abs every day
People usually put abdominal training in the group of assistance work. They would usually do it every training day or whenever they feel like doing it or when they have enough time. That’s not how abdominal muscles should be trained. As mentioned previously, they should be treated like any other muscle group.
Considering they are a small muscle group, they should be trained between 2 to 3 times per week. Just because they are not sore after the workout, does not mean they have not been stimulated enough. They are a small muscle group which means that they need less time to recover and adapt to training much faster than big muscle groups.