BY JUSTIN LEACH
Myth: Abdominal crunches leads to washboard abs.
Pop culture tries to convince us that doing sit-ups and crunches is all it takes to get the quintessential six pack some gym goers desire. This could not be further from the truth. The most effective way to achieve abdominal definition is to combine highly metabolic training variables with a sound nutritional program.
It starts in the kitchen. Eating a healthy and balanced diet highly contributes to a spike in metabolism, which is required for weight loss around the midsection. By combining healthy eating habits with a variety of abdominal exercises, you can achieve the definition you seek.
Try using dynamic patterns of motion targeted to increase strength, stability, range of motion, and flexibility. The reason this is important is because we typically neglect using our abdominals correctly due to our everyday movement habits, such as sitting for extended periods of time. These can potentially lead to back, hip, and knee pain.
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Justin Leach is a personal trainer at Razor Sharp Fitness. Read more about him at razorsharpfit.com.