Archive for the ‘Abs’ Category

March 27th, 2018

How Often Should You Train Your Abs?

If you search online or watch people in the gym, you’ll hear all kinds of different opinions and see all kinds of different practices with regards to ab training, mainly because so many people believe the abs are somehow different than other muscles. Some people believe the abs should be trained just like any other body part. But many believe the abs can handle more frequent training, such as every other day. And you’ll always bump into people in the fitness industry who recommend training the abs almost every day.

November 29th, 2017

The Shocking Truth About Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)

The “Shocking” truth about electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). Shocking… Get it?  Get it? Sorry, terrible pun. I couldn’t resist. But this deserves to poked fun at. “Attach electrodes to your stomach, turn on the current, and zap! Just like that, you have six pack abs!” These claims are downright hilarious! Yet people fall for this every day because, like so many exercise and diet myths, they have their origins in legitimate science and therapy, but then become bastardized into BS. Read on, and you will be shocked how a recent study picked apart the muscle-building and fat-burning claims of EMS and uncovered the truth…

January 2nd, 2016

Crunches: The Best Ab Exercise… Or The Worst?

In the 1980’s and 1990’s, nearly everyone in the fitness industry was not only recommending crunches, they put the crunch on a pedestal and described the exercise with superlatives. I remember reading one of Dr. Frederick Hatfield’s books many years ago, where he said, “The crunch is the Cadillac of abdominal exercises.” Well, I would have said “Mercedes of ab exercises,” but you get the point – he was suggesting that crunches were the best vehicle to develop your abs… Are they? Let’s take a closer look…