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 #8: Fast and Intense Is the Way to Workout
"When doing any kind of core exercise, it's always better to go at a slow or moderate tempo – never, ever fast," Renderer says. "You'll have more control over your movements and rely less on momentum to get from one position to the next." She says a lot of people tend to lift upward really fast and then lower back down slowly, but the entire exercise should be done at a continuous pace. By holding each position for two or three counts (for moderate speed) or up to four counts (for slow tempo), you'll actually recruit your muscles to do the work instead of riding on your body's momentum.
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