3 reasons why you need to stop doing core exercises to get abs
We train our hips by doing deadlifts to make our butts bigger & stronger. We train our biceps by doing bicep curls to get bigger & stronger biceps. Do we train our abs by doing ab exercises to make our abs leaner? It’s 2019 and yet many people still think that to get abs, the best way is through ab/core exercises. The abdominal muscles are the same muscles like your quads, biceps, and your lats. If you train them, it will get bigger and stronger. Here are reasons why you should stop doing core exercises to get abs.
- It’s not the best way to decreasing your body fat percentage.
The only way for our abs to be visible is for our body fat percentage to go down. For men, their abs tend to show below 15% and for women, it’s below 20%. Doing core exercises do very minimal in building your metabolism because it is not a major muscle in the body. Remember that training bigger muscles like your quadriceps (legs), pectorals (chest), and latissimus dorsi (back), allows you to increase your metabolism thereby increasing your fat burn.
- It’s a waste of time.
If you are doing core exercises as your main workout, then it is a waste of time. I would categorize core training as only an accessory to a workout program. Core training should occupy only 20% of your training because a bulk of your energy should be on strength lifts. But it’s not to say that it doesn’t contribute to fat loss, it’s just not the most efficient way to do it. (Here’s a quick fact: You can actually have abs without doing core exercises.)
- There are better alternatives.
As much as it is important to train your core, doing core exercises to get your abs visible enough will not work. Focus on strength lifts and do metabolic conditioning training programs to build muscles and burn fat. Metabolic conditioning or HIIT is one of the most effective and efficient way to burn fat because of how it challenges your cardiovascular. Strength lifts like squats, deadlifts, bench press, and pull ups allow you to build more muscles more efficiently.
As I always tell my clients, fat loss is just the by-product of strength training and calorie deficit. When talking about abs, you cannot leave nutrition out of the equation. You cannot out-train a bad diet. So, make sure to focus on strength training and also do calorie deficit if it is aligned with your goals.