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Burn Fat - Abs-101 - The Truth About Belly Flab And Six Pack Abs

Have you noticed that most people will never fail to include abs muscle exercises in their routines and yet somehow or other, they can never own that coveted six pack abs?

Have you been religiously doing your abs muscle exercises? Are your abs showing to your satisfaction? No? Why? Do you know that your abdominal muscle is one of the easiest muscles to build but yet why is it that most people have difficulty in developing those six pack abs?

The truth is: those of you who are working out your abs regularly do probably own that much sought after six pack. That's right, you do. The only trouble is that your belly fat is covering them up. Your abs will not show up well if you have a body fat ratio of more than 12%. The more fat you work-off, the more defined your abs will be. You will own those ripped washboard abs when your body fat around 10% or less. So if you have fat on your belly, forget about abs exercises and work-off the fat first.

There is another reason why people put in so much work into developing their abs muscle and yet their abs are not showing although they have low body fat. Again, there is a simple explanation. They are doing the wrong exercises and working out in bad form.

Let's take for instance the most common abs exercises, the sit up and the leg raisers. Everybody seem to be doing these two exercises not knowing that these exercises really don't do much for their abs. If you don't believe me? OK, try this: When you do your sit ups or leg raisers, place your palms on your hip on the area connecting to your thigh and perform the exercises. Tell me what did you feel? Now! You should be getting it. Those are the muscles doing most of the work. Those are your hip flexor muscles. Since your hip flexors are doing most of the work, how can you develop your abs effectively?

You now say, from now on I will do crunches instead. Well, I have yet another surprise for you. Many people perform their crunches wrongly too. Think about it; why is the exercise called the crunch? It is because you must squeeze your abs so are that you are crunching them. In order to squeeze your abs hard, you have to curl up like a prawn and breathe out all the air in your lungs at the top position and then squeeze the muscles so hard that you feel a burn! That will take a few seconds to crunch out all the air before you lower to the starting position again. You cannot do this effectively if you just go up, down, up down, up down rhythmically. So, if you have been doing hundreds of crunches every-single-day with minimal result, now you know why. The fact is, it is almost impossible for the average guy to do tens of properly performed crunches let alone say hundreds of them. The same squeezing principle applies to other abs exercises too.

So, now that you know why your abs are not showing up well, get on with burning your fats and perform your workout in correct form. You will then see your six pack abdominal muscles in no time.


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