30 Days of Motivation: The Truth About Training Your Abs

fat absIn yesterday’s blog I talked about how it would take 8,250 sit ups to erase one cheeseburger. Why did I pick sit ups for the exercise? I didn’t choose it because it’s the most effective exercise. I chose to use sit ups as my example simply because many people are still under the impression you can work your belly off with ab exercises.

While many people would say it’s a “no-brainer”, that you need to do cardio to burn calories (or stored fat) over doing a specific exercise to target one area, tell that to the millions of people who spend their hard-earned money on silly ab-flattening devices. Why? Because dumping money on a chance to get abs with ease is a lot more tempting than trimming down the hard (and right) way.

If you want to lose your belly fat, tighten your midsection, and see a six-pack, here are 25 ways to waste your money.

25 Ab Gadgets You DON’T Need

  1. Ab loungeAb Rocket
  2. Ab Glider
  3. Ab Lounge
  4. Six Second Abs
  5. Ab Roller
  6. Ab Rocker
  7. Ab Wheel
  8. Ab Doer
  9. Ab Flyer
  10. Ab Force
  11. Abs of Steel
  12. Ab Coaster
  13. Go-Fit Core Ab Ball
  14. Flex Belt Abs Toner
  15. Waist Trimmer
  16. The Crazy Abs
  17. Ab Energizer
  18. Ab Circle Pro
  19. Semi-Recumbent Ab Bench
  20. Abmat Abdominal Exerciser
  21. Slendertone Abdominal Muscle Toner
  22. Body by Jake Abs Exerciser
  23. Ab Rocket Twister
  24. Velform Sauna Belt
  25. Multi Core Flex Pro Ab Gym

NOTE: If you are bowing up right now, and about to post a comment telling me how much you love your Ab Wheel, hold your breath. I’m not saying that some of the ab devices don’t actually work your abs (although most of the items on the list are junk). What I’m saying is, you don’t need them to get great abs – plain and simple! 🙂

Fact or Fiction: You Can Target Belly Fat

woman's absIf you REALLY want to get rid of all those past mistakes stuck to your belly, you need to improve your diet and do cardio. There’s really no other way around it. You can’t target fat, and isolate what you want to lose, and what you don’t. Answer is No. You can’t target belly fat.

For instance, you can’t hop on the Ab Wheel and lose just belly fat, just as much as you can’t do a bunch of cardio to just lose belly fat – but here’s what you CAN expect.

Ab Machines: Tighten, strengthen, build, and tone specific muscles.
Tip: Ab machines are great for tightening stomach muscles, which can make it easier to hold your stomach in, and keep your tummy flat. They also can help build each individual abdominal muscle (the “cube-like” squares) so your abs have that six-pack appearance. The leaner you get, the more definition you will see.

Cardio Machines: Burn calories, burn fat, and improve overall muscle tone. 
Tip: Cardio helps melt the fat that covers your abdominal muscles. If you do cardio that incorporates upper body movement, like boxing, running, elliptical, and aerobics, you can increase calorie burn and tighten the core from the rotation in your upper body. However, the primary reason most people do cardio is to burn calories to manage weight.

Diet: Controls body weight, body fat, and muscle mass.
Tip: Even if you do abs exercises, and do a ton of cardio, none of that matters if you replace the calories burned by just eating more food. That’s why diet is SO important while on the quest for six-pack abs.

Here is a great workout that will get your heart rate up, as well as tone your core!

5-Minute Abs Circuit

Do each exercise for 60 seconds each, back to back, with little to no rest between exercises. I use the Gymboss Interval Timer to track my time.

crunches1. Burpees
2. Sit Ups
3. Oblique Crunch (L)
4. Oblique Crunch (R)
5. Plate Crunch 25lb plate or 15lb-25lb dumbbell

Repeat 3 – 5 times

Today’s Motivational Quote:

doing crunches is like

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About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on January 28, 2013, in 30 Days of Motivation, Exercise & Training, Motivational, PFIT TIPS, PFOCUS, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. GAAAAAH. Burpees. Are they the magic bullet????
    We used to have some of these in my house. The oldest (now 19) was very much into the things that TV claimed to work best with the least investment. He would use that abroller day and night and got ticked when he didn’t see results.
    i’d TRY to tell him that he was wasting his time (and our money!) but of course he didn’t want to hear it (especially from me).

    I’m gonna give your workout a try. I’m slimming down, and noticing that my obliques are nearly non existant. Time to change that!

    Thanks, Bonnie!

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