Every guy wants washboard abs. But actually getting them can seem impossible. It doesn't help that much of the how-to hype out there – "Eat this food to blast belly fat" or "100 sit-ups a day will make the paunch go away" – is straight-up false. Here are 10 common myths about six-packs, along with the right ways to get your abs to pop.
Myth #10: You Shouldn't Work Your Abs Every Day
"It's perfectly fine to work your abs every day – as long as you mix up your exercises," Renderer says. "If you do only crunches day after day, without a break, you'll injure your rectus abdominis and not get the gains you're looking for." Renderer recommends picking three core exercises that work the torso through different plains of motion, such as planks, seated twists, and oblique side-ups. Do these every day for a week and then switch it up. She says it's fine to incorporate crunches into your routine. Just don't do them every single day to avoid a repetitive stress injury.
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