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 “Do 100 situps a day to make the paunch go away.” It’s straight-up farce.
Believe us, we know what we’re talking about because we’ve put a lot of time into writing about abs. We have the receipts, so to speak. We’ve covered everything from diet to at-home workouts to the best ab machines on the market. And if you’re looking for the 50 best core exercises of all time, look no further. And when it comes to experts, we’ve spoken to bodybuilders, dietitians, and even “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
So, of course, when there are questions about what doesn’t work when it comes to ab workouts, we had to look into that, too. If you’re going to put the work into getting abs, you don’t want to be following the wrong advice.
Here are 10 common myths about six-packs. From “they were born with it” misconception to the “abs need rest days” fallacy. And, to make sure you’re on the right path, we also talk about the right ways to get your abs to pop.
Myth #1: Some Guys Are Just Born With Six-Packs
Sure, some men were blessed with super-high metabolisms and don’t have to work as hard to stay trim. But the rest of us have just as much potential for svelte stomachs. “All humans have a beautiful set of washboards abs,” says Cedric Bryant, chief science officer at the American Council on Exercise (ACE). “It’s just that most men’s six-packs are hidden beneath a layer of fat.”
The only way to get the chiseled abs your mama gave you is to lower your overall body fat through a healthy diet and exercise.
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