On Wednesday morning I hit the gym at 6am for an early workout, as I had a flight to San Diego mid-morning. During my training, I noticed there was a gentleman at the gym with an old-school training style.
He was one of those guys with a big pot belly who did a lot of sit-ups.
Ugh…don’t be that guy.
First, situps and crunches aren’t helpful for getting rid of your belly.
At the airport, I read an article on the Men’s Health website where they said,
“A recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that simply performing sit-ups, crunches, and other ab exercises won’t do much (correction: anything) to reduce belly fat.”
That’s the truth.
In addition, Dr. Stuart McGill has proven that the sit-up and crunch motion are harmful to your low back.
The Men’s Health article reported,
“One group of study subjects performed ab exercises 5 days a week while the control group did nothing. At the end of 6 weeks, there was no significant change in stomach fat in either group.”
In short: Ab exercises didn’t flatten people’s stomachs.
According to Men’s Health,
“It’ll take you 250,000 crunches to burn a pound of fat.”
So what should you do?
Instead, stick to total body metabolic resistance training workouts, interval training (as recommended by the same Men’s Health article), and total body ab exercises like the ones you can do with me in these workouts:
The TT For Abs DVDs gives you 12 weeks of follow-along workouts that you and I can do together – and you even get to watch me struggle with the workouts, too.
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Certified Turbulence Trainer
PS – Today is the last day to save over $220 on the DVDs.
The price goes back up at midnight here:
And don’t forget, you also get the 15-Minute Express workouts that are really tough, but really fast.
As you’ll see in the DVDs, you can burn a lot of calories in just a short amount of time.
It’s much better than spending even a single second on crunches.