6 pack abs is maybe the most desired, but at the same time the most rarely seen muscle group on every physique out there. The fact is that the majority of gym goers don’t know how to get a 6 pack. Most people relate the feeling of tightness when doing crunches with having a flat stomach and so they believe that crunches are the key to well developed abs. Here are some common misconceptions about building 6 pack abs.
1. Doing hundreds of crunches a day will get you a ripped 6 pack. This is absolutely not true! Abs are a muscle group just like the biceps, triceps or any other muscle group.Doing hundreds of crunches will NOT get you defined. You will just burn out your abs. Doing crunches with weights will make them stronger IF you give them enough rest and nutrients but it won’t make them much bigger.
2. To trim your waist you have to do crunches or sit-ups. Working a specific muscle does not burn the fat around that muscle! The body is programed to burn fat all over,not just in one part.So if you do a lot of crunches and sit-ups you’ll have stronger and bigger abs,but they won’t be visible if they are covered with fat.The key to getting a 6 pack is getting rid of the body fat.
3. You can eat junk food and tons of carbs because you work out. Well this is partially true…if you work out, move around A LOT, and you are blessed with a fast metabolism. Most people don’t work enough to burn all the calories they eat.
4. If you work your abs for hours every day, you will get great abs. Nope. Just like doing hundreds of crunches this will only get you overtrained and with no visible abs.
So how can you get 6 pack abs?
The key is a balanced diet and burning more calories than you eat on a daily basis. Being able to see a well defined 6 pack has nothing to do with doing any sort of ab exercises. It has everything to do with body fat levels. When doing compound exercises like squats, deadlifts and bench press you already work your abs hard. Try to cut the sugars from your diet, increase fiber intake, eat more protein, lower your calories by 300-500 than you usually eat on a daily basis and do light 30 minute cardio in the morning 2-3 times a week.