Are you doing a whole lot of exercises for the abs with very little success? If so, you’re not alone. Walk into any gym and you will seeing people do all kinds of exercises for the abs from crunches to twists to leg lifts. In fact, the two most popular sections of my gym are the cardio machines and the abs mats.
So why do people continue to struggle with these abs exercises if they are not getting the results? That is a baffling question. I guess they feel that it will work eventually or maybe they feel they are not working hard enough.
In reality, though, you can do all the crunches in the world and never get a flat stomach and fit midsection because of these five reasons:
1) Your Nutritional Habits Suck Rocks…Yes They Do!
If you are not happy with your abs, it is not because you do not do enough crunches. It is because your nutritional habits need work. You are likely putting toxic foods in your system causing excess fat storage in the abdominal area. If you do not clean up your diet, the exercises you are doing for the abs will NEVER work the way you want.
2) You Are Doing Too MANY Crunches!
I’m going to be honest with you. I HATE crunches! That’s right, I hate them. And I don’t hate them because I don’t like doing them. I hate them because they are one of the worst exercises ever created, and they are the most overused exercise ever created.
Crunches work the abdominal muscles concentrically. That means they work to build your abdominal musculature. Do you want to flatten your stomach or do you want huge ab muscles?
If you want to flatten your stomach, your goal should be to get rid of the fat in your abdominal area. That starts with nutrition. Yes, I am a fitness guy. And yes, I am saying that nutrition is more important. So focus on that first and then focus on…
3) You Are Not Doing Enough Total Body Conditioning
Do you want to burn fat with exercise? If so, you should be doing more total body resistance training than anything else. And by this, I mean circuit training with little rest and decent resistance. And I also mean using most free weights and bodyweight for the resistance. This type of workout is most effective for increasing your metabolic rate and building lean muscle. The end result will be greater fat loss and a fit physique.
4) You Are Not Doing Enough Core Stabilization Work
Core stabilization exercises are the best way to strengthen the core. Planks, side planks, and bird dogs are essential exercises for a fit midsection and overall strong body. If your core stabilization is weak, the rest of your body will be weak and you will get hurt. It’s just a matter of time. On the flip-side, if your core stabilization is strong, you will be able to get more out of your workouts and will be less prone to injury. This means no more missed exercise from low back pain.
5) You Nutrition Habits Suck Rocks…Yes They Do!
Don’t argue with me on this one. It is your nutritional habits that have caused that belly fat. Until you clean up your diet, the belly fat will remain. If you want me to give you more exercises for the abs, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Strengthen your core stabilizers, do total body resistance workouts, and clean up your diet! That will give you that flat stomach you’ve been dreaming about!