Abs Workout Mistakes
Are you trying to
lose stomach fat, but can't quite seem to get that stubborn fat off your midsection? Maybe you're making
one of these very common, yet very bad, abs workout mistakes. Discover the abs workout mistakes you may
be secretly making, and how to fix them.
by Ed Scow, NSCA-CPT (aka The Fit Dad) - Fitness and Nutrition Expert to the true
superheroes - busy Moms and Dads! and Author of Fat Loss To Go
I have logged thousands of
personal training sessions over my career and everybody wants to know more about abs
My clients want to know how
stomach fat and get a six-pack, or at the
very least they just want to lose stomach fat so they have a firm abs that look good in their clothes (and naked).
I can’t blame
them. Who doesn’t want a nice looking
midsection? Who doesn’t want to get firm abs or get
lean enough they can say they have a six-pack.
The problem is that 99% of
them all have the same misconceptions about abs workouts and how to really lose stomach fat.
I’ve narrowed down the mistakes, myths and misconceptions
surrounding abs workouts and abs exercises to my top 3.
These 3 abs workout mistakes are made by just about everyone I’ve ever trained, designed a program for, or
Are you making these same mistakes?
1) Spending too much time doing
crunches – I’m just going to come right out and say it…you
don’t need to do crunches to get six pack abs and you sure as heck don’t need to do crunches to lose stomach fat
or even get a firm abs.
Crunches simply don’t work enough muscle and don’t burn enough fat
calories to be thought of as a worthwhile exercise in order to lose stomach fat, let alone get firm abs or a
Spending 20 minutes a day doing hundreds (or thousands) of
crunches is like electing Big Bird or Elmo president.
Sure they may sound good and have all the answers, but it just
doesn’t make much sense electing a puppet to such a high office (sorry, that was my attempt at a
Doing hundreds, or even thousands, of crunches will strengthen
your abdomen, that’s for sure, but what does it matter if you still have a layer of flabby goo covering up
all the hard work?
Instead you need to focus on full body workouts and full body abs
exercises in order to lose stomach fat fast and get the firm, toned stomach or six pack abs you’re
Take for instance this abs workout, using only full body abs
exercises, I designed for a client. Do this mini-circuit before your regular workout, when you’re still fresh, so you can
really hit your abs hard.
Overhead Squat – 10 reps
Climbers – 15/leg
1C) Burpee –
Do that in a circuit format, resting 20 seconds after the final
exercise before repeating it again 2 or 3 times. Do that for a few
weeks, along with a 10-minute
abs workout, and you’ll definitely see a difference in your abs and you will lose stomach
2) Throwing all your hard work
out the door by eating poorly – What good does it do to work
so hard in your fat loss workouts only to come home, or leave your home gym, and eat
What sense does it make that after all your hard work, you ruin it
with poor eating habits on a daily basis? This is quite possibly one of the dumbest things you could do. I don’t mean to be rude, I’m just trying to put it bluntly.
If you want to lose stomach fat and get firm abs, or even six-pack
abs, you need to clean up your diet and stop eating so poorly. You need to quit eating processed junk found in boxes and bags like crackers and
chips, stop eating things like bagels and processed breads and start eating more fruits, vegetables, lean
proteins, nuts, legumes and healthy fats.
You also need to start eating multiple times throughout the day,
and this especially means eating breakfast. It also means cutting
out the late night snacking and cutting down on alcohol.
You know what to cut out, so do it.
Remember what your goals are. You want to lose stomach fat and you want to get firm abs. Eat like it!
3) Not actively flexing, or bracing, your abdominals in every exercise –
It’s sad that I have to say this, but all too often, people don’t actively flex their abdominals while doing an
I don’t know why. You’d think that because you’re doing an abs exercise that you’d be flexing your abs
hard every repetition, but too many people just go through the motions and to way too fast.
You need to slow down and actively flex your abdominals when
you’re doing an abs exercise. And for every exercise that’s not an abs exercise, you need to brace them like
somebody is about to punch you in the stomach.
Doing so will ensure that you learn to “control” your abs and make
sure that when you do lose stomach fat that you’ll have a defined and toned midsection worthy of
I also want you to think of it
this way…every exercise should be
exercise. If you brace your abs during every single
exercise in your fat loss workout, you’ll essentially turn every single exercise into an abs
exercise. Doing a chest press, brace your
abs. Doing a lunge, brace your
abs. Every single exercise you do, whether
you’re working your abs specifically or not, should be turned into an abs exercise.
If you stop making these vital abs workout and abs exercise
mistakes, and start doing full body workouts with full body abs exercises, I guarantee that you’ll begin to
lose stomach fat and get firm abs (and maybe even that sought after six-pack) in no time.
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