Well you've probably heard it time and time again and it's that abs are made in the kitchen. We second that as all the crunches in the world won't do you any good if you're wearing 3 layers of fat over it.
Ab exercises are a great talking point when it comes to physical fitness. One of the reasons being that many people seem to think if they target only their abs that's where they'll lose fat and in no time they'll have a gleaming beach body six-pack.
Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. For men, we primarily store excess fat in our lower belly area. Have you ever seen a skinny guy with a gut? That's because the stomach is usually the first place our excess fat will go. For women it's quite similar but fat tends to find its way a bit deeper and tends to land on the hips and buttocks.
What even is a bit more discouraging for fitness hopefuls is that even though these are the first places your body stores fat. It's also the last place to lose fat...Yep, your body will pull fat from every possible area of your body with your stomach area being the last place for energy reserves.
So does that mean you shouldn't target your ab area after all? Well if what we just told you above discourages you then maybe your not quite ready to get results and need more mental preparation. For those of you still with us here's what we advise all of our followers to do in everyday activity. That's Always Engage Your Core! Doesn't sound like much, but it will play an important role to form that habit in how you exercise in the long run.
Also another thing...If you think you're getting results doing thousands of crunches a day then you're only kidding yourself. There's a proper technique to a crunch that will actually engage your abs much more and that only happens when you do slow, concentrated and controlled crunches. With that being said if you're still doing high school crunches and expecting significant results then in once again you're in for some disappointment.
You get results by surpassing your limits everyday. Not the same damn 4 reps of 10. So what do we recommend? Push your abs to the peak of exhaustion. The unique thing about the abdominal muscles is unlike other muscles they're able to endure much more strain day to day meaning you can likely involve them one way or another in your routine.
Benefits of strong abs include:
- prevents back pain
- boost agility
- good posture and flexibility
Try The Cable Rotation Exercise
You'll need a cable pulley machine to perform this super effective exercise.
Stand holding a cable with both hands out in front of you at just under shoulder height. Keeping your arms fixed and straight and your abs engaged, rotate your upper body to the left, then back to center, and then to the right, and then back to center. That’s one rep Alternate sides for one set of 10 complete reps.