We’ve all seen those ab machines on late-night infomercials or marketed on the internet. They all promise “Look great in an amazingly short amount of time, with almost no effort on your part!” They’re some of the most popular exercise products on the market, but are they really as effective as they claim to be?
Can You Get a Six Pack with Ab Machines?
I hate to burst your bubble, but there is NO WAY you will get a six pack just by working out a few minutes a day with some ridiculous contraption sold to you via your TV or the internet.
“But,” you may say, “the man and woman selling me the machine on the TV looked amazing! They had a six pack!” Of course they did! They wouldn’t be part of the commercial if they didn’t. However, they had that six pack WELL BEFORE they appeared on the infomercial, and they didn’t get it by using the ab machine they were selling.
The truth about ab machines is that they are the easy way out. You hardly have to do any work on most of these ab machines, but the machine will do much of the work for you. Just spending 5 to 15 minutes a day working out your abs is NOT going to give you that six pack.
Sad to say, the only way to get abs is to work your rear off! You can have amazingly defined upper and lower body muscles, but you may never have six pack abs. Not everyone can burn off that extra belly fat that is covering their six pack, and DEFINTIELY not with some ridiculous machine.
How can you burn off the belly fat and get those six pack abs? It’s not with a machine, but it requires the following things:
Diet — Your diet needs to be higher in protein, but with plenty of complex carbs and just the right amount of natural fats. Your body needs fat in order to burn fat. With a low-fat diet, your body clings to fat as its last defense against the starvation it is genetically programmed to fear. If you don’t eat fat, your body senses that it needs to retain what fat it already has. For that reason, you need to eat a healthy amount of healthy fats, particularly plant-based fats (think coconuts, olives, avocadoes, nuts, etc.). Get more protein to help you build muscle, and keep those carbs complex!
Full Body Workout — Your workout should focus not just on your abs, but on every part of your body. You’re not going to get a six pack by ONLY working on your abs muscles, and this is the critical mistake that those ab machines make. You’re only going to get a six pack if you work out your entire body, burning fat equally from around your legs, arms, shoulders, chest, and midsection. That’s how your body works, and it’s the only way to get rid of fat.
Ab Workout — Of course, you have to spend time working out your abs as well as the rest of your body. Working out your abs will help to burn the fat around your midsection, so spend at least 15 to 30 minutes working out your abs 2 or 3 times per week. The more time you spend on your abs workout, the fewer times you should do it per week. Focus on exercises that will strengthen your abs, rather than going for 100 crunches, sit-ups, or leg raises. You want to build strength rather than stamina, as strength training increases size while endurance training only increases the amount of energy the muscle can store.
THAT is how you are going to get a six pack, not with some ridiculous machine!