YOUR AB EX­ER­CISES AREN’T WORK­ING!

Putting in the ef­fort, but still l miss­ing a wash­board? Fit­ness ex­pert xpert Tiffiny Hall de­bunks com­mon myths

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Health -

FAIRY­TALE 1 CRUNCHES GIVE YOU ABS

It’s im­por­tant to learn that you can­not out-train a bad diet, and you cer­tainly can’t out-crunch one ei­ther! Low body fat means you’ll be able to see your abs, and this comes from diet – with 80 per cent of your weight loss hap­pen­ing in the kitchen. Eat clean and watch your por­tions, and soon those abs will re­veal them­selves.

FAIRY­TALE 2 AB WORK GIVES BET­TER POS­TURE

Nope! If any­thing, a bad crunch will hurt your back and rav­age your pos­ture more. Fo­cus on core work for bet­ter pos­ture and to help re­lieve back pain.

FAIRY­TALE 3 A BIKINIREADY SIXPACK MEANS TRAIN­ING ABS DAILY

Com­pletely false. All of your mus­cle groups need to be trained and pushed through a full range of dif­fer­ent move­ments, al­low­ing them to re­build and re­cover. Twice a week of ab train­ing is enough, and re­mem­ber to never train your abs on con­sec­u­tive days.

FAIRY­TALE 4 HUN­DREDS OF CRUNCHES GET RE­SULTS

Wrong again. Your abs are a mus­cle and you have to train them just like you would your legs or arms. Say good­bye to crunch­ing out end­less reps – it’s time to em­brace pro­gres­sive re­sis­tance train­ing by do­ing sets with weights and slowly in­creas­ing the load over time.

FAIRY­TALE 5 CRUNCHES ARE THE BEST AB EX­ER­CISE

Iso­la­tion ex­er­cises won’t tone your stom­ach, in­clud­ing ex­er­cises that in­volve a larger group of mus­cles. Try in­cor­po­rat­ing some hip flex­ors, pelvic floor ex­er­cises and oblique twists, too. Kick­ing and punch­ing is also a fan­tas­tic way to work your core through ro­ta­tion and power. Core is our aim, not train­ing for abs!

The former Big­gest Loser trainer is known for her real ap­proach to fit­ness.

V-snaps work your core more ef­fec­tively.

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