Abdominal Exercises & Fat Loss

Abdominal Exercises & Fat Loss Go to the gym any time of day, any day of the week, and you'll see people doing lots of crunches and sit ups. Ask them why, and most will tell you they're trying to develop the ideal 6-pack. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research analyzed the effectiveness of this strategy using 24 healthy inactive people aged 18 to 40. These volunteers were randomly assigned to perform 2 sets of 7 abdominal exercises for 10 reps each 5 days a week, or do nothing at all.

All participants maintained the same diet throughout the program. After 6 weeks, researchers found no significant differences in body weight, fat percentage or abdominal circumference between the exercising and sedentary subjects. People in the group that exercised could do more crunches than the couch potatoes though.

True Strength Moment: If you want to build up muscle endurance, it's best to include a wide range of upper and lower body exercises. As this study illustrates, you can't very well focus your fat loss on one area of the body. 6-pack abs are built through diet and whole body conditioning. But if you want good advice on working those abs, Natural Mr. Olympia John Hansen posted a great article on sit ups at ABBperformance.com
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