Myths About Flat Abs

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Don't believe the myths about how targeted exercises or tons of cardio can help you attain flat abs. A personal trainer separates fact from falsehood in this free video on abdominal fitness.

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Hi, this is Jason Morgan with Muscleworx Fitness in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. Today, we are going to dispel some of the myths about flat abs. There are so many myths about flat abs that are floating around in the fitness world and on the Internet. But two of them that I want to dispel for you right here today, the first one being that flat abs can be created by doing targeted ab exercises. You can do crunches, leg lifts, oblique twist and any other type of abdominal movement that you can think of. You can do them from the time you wake up in the morning from the time you go to bed at night and it's not going to flatten your abs if you don't have a sound nutritional plan in place and you don't know how to structure your workout to complement your nutritional plan. The second myth I want to dispel is the cardiovascular myth. This is perpetrated in the medical field probably worse then it is in the fitness industry simply because many times medical professional will tell you that you just need to exercise more. And they tell you to walk more, hop on a treadmill, do more cardiovascular exercise to lose weight. The key word in that statement is to lose weight. What they are focusing on generally is a scale loss, scale weight loss number. And they're right in that statement you will lose scale weight by performing a cardiovascular exercise. But scale weight does not translate into body fat weight. There is a difference. So, if we can drop 10 pounds of body fat and add 10 pounds of muscle, we are going to weigh the same, but our abdominal area is going to be much smaller. Our body fat levels are going to be much lower. Our metabolic rate is going to be much higher, which allows us to burn through more calories in the course of the day. Allowing us to therefore burn through more body fat and continue to reduce the size of our abdominal wall. Please remember, these tips are just to provide basic information. Always consult with your health care provider and a fitness consultant before beginning any diet or exercise program.

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