Achieving a six-pack isn’t as difficult as it’s often perceived or marketed to be.
However, there is a lot of misinformation and old hat principles out there, so it’s easy to make a mistake, or two.
But did you know making these incorrect judgements could affect how you gain muscles?
Lucky for you, these mistakes are easy to fix once you know that they are.
We spoke to F45 Milton Keynes trainer Matt Wilman who gave us the lowdown on what fitness fans must look out for.
He revealed four tips to help gym goers who might be struggling to achieve that six-pack they’ve been dreaming about.
Only doing sit-ups:
This is one of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to build a six-pack.
Sadly, doing 100 crunches every morning before breakfast will not give you abs like Hugh Jackman.
Abs are built in the kitchen, so you must reduce your overall body fat percentage and control your calories to reveal those muscles.
Men must get their body fat to below 15%, while women should aim around 20% to see results.
Targeting specific areas:
You’ve heard it all before “try these 3 exercises to target stubborn belly fat”, but this is totally false.
Body fat is stored according to hormone balance and varies person to person and between men and women.
Being in a calorie deficit will reduce your overall body fat.
But there is no way to target any specific area in your abs.
Treating all ab exercises as equal:
There are thousands of ways to target your abs, but some are more effective than others.
For example, crunches are fine but if you can complete 50-100 reps without a sweat, then that’s not going to work.
Instead, try placing your crunches with Hollow Rocks, L-Sits, Butterfly Sit-ups and Hanging Knee raises for a serious workout.
These moves will help to sculpt your abs and even improve your overall athletic performance.
Overtraining your abs:
This happens when you hit the gym five times a week and work on your abs more than you should.
Just like any other muscle, your abs will need time to rest.
So rather than hitting them every day, make your ab workouts tougher and leave at least 48 hours between workouts.
You also need to remember compound lifts like deadlifts and squats will fire up your midline like nothing else.