If you’ve been exercising to get a flat belly, this article may come as a shock to you. I wonder…were you aware that 3 of the most popular and commonly-recommended ab exercises (including sit-ups) do nothing for you when it comes to flattening your belly and sculpting lean toned abs?
Even worse, did you also know that scientific research has proven that these exercises have the potential actually harm the disks of your spine. Were you aware that crunches could leave you with severe back pain and nerve damage?
Well…it’s true! And we are going to go into detail about that, today.
The saddest part to me is these 3 ab exercises are being recommended to women as a belly-flattening and toning solution when studies now show the exact opposite is true.
Today that changes, because this article will teach you how to avoid hurting yourself when all you’re trying to do is get a body that looks awesome in blue jeans and a bathing suit.
Below, you’ll find exercises that are approved by a Dr. of Physical Therapy, and you’ll learn the correct way to train your abs so you can safely get the flat your belly and lean, toned waistline you’ve always wanted. Here they are…
If The Following Three Exercises Are So Bad, Why Are They So Popular?
To be really honest, I am not sure why they are so popular. Maybe it’s because most of the local personal trainers out there don’t have a background in physical therapy, and the don’t get degrees, certifications, or high-quality training in human anatomy or physiology.
It’s easy to assume that, by doing exercises that use the muscles of your core, you’re going to get a stronger, better-looking tummy…but that’s not the case. Let’s talk about these exercises.
Worst Ab Exercise #1 – Crunches
If you need to lose weight and tighten your stomach muscles, crunches are probably among the worst exercises you can do. I don’t blame you for thinking crunches might be a great way to trim your waistline. I used to think the same thing.
Before I learned the right way to train my abs, I fell prey to the “1,000 Crunches A Day” program, and the only thing I got from it was a sore neck and a rug burn on my back.
Even worse, when I first became a trainer, I used long sets of crunches with one of my female clients who was obsessed with shrinking her belly. I’ll never forget when she said to me after a few weeks of training, “Why does my belly look puffier than it did, before?”
I couldn’t give her an answer at the time, but I later found out the reason why crunches don’t work is because they only target your rectus abdominis muscles. If your goal is to trim belly fat and tone the muscles, then this is a huge problem!
Your rectus abdominis muscles run vertically from ribs 5-7 on the average person, and they go down to your pelvis. They are surface muscles, and if you have really low body fat, these are the muscles that make up the famous “6 Pack Abs.”
What this means for your stomach is that endless sets of crunches not only will not shrink your waistline, but they can actually make your belly stick out more, depending on how much fat is overlaying the muscle.
If you want to effectively shrink your belly while sculpting and toning your abs, then the most important thing for you to do is to activate the inner muscles of your core using a special set of exercises that I’ll share with you a little further down the page.
These unique exercises will instantly start working on the right muscles in your core, increase your core strength, reduce the risk of you getting back injuries, and even improve your digestion!
Worst Ab Exercise #2 – Side Bends
Ahhh, the good old side bend…
This exercise has been worthlessly passed down for generations and it’s time to make it stop.
No one in the history of the world has ever flattened their belly (especially their love handles) doing side bends. The reason for this is because the main muscles involved in this exercise are your obliques (internal and external.)
The function of your oblique muscles is actually to help support proper rotation, pull the chest downward, support your diaphragm and breathing, among other things. None of these have anything to do with flattening your stomach. That’s not to say your obliques shouldn’t be strong.
They should. But you don’t need to do side bends to strengthen your obliques!
According to specialized doctors like my friend Dr. James Vegher, “Exercises like the side bend are worthless in your pursuits for a shrunken gut and can even harm you by improperly coordinating the stabilizers of your core.”
In other words, doing side bends can train your muscles to do things they were never designed to do. You could get seriously hurt this way!
It took me a while to understand that I should probably listen to people who specialize in DNA-based rehabilitation and physical therapy. My hope is that you would do the same so you have more success in reaching your fitness goals.
And while you should definitely avoid doing side bends, it’s the next exercise which has been proven over and over again to do way more harm then good.
Worst Ab Exercise #3 – Sit-ups
My jaw hit the floor when I saw the results of this scientific study:
This study was performed by the worlds top spine health expert, Dr. Stuart McGill. What he and his team concluded was that repetitive flexion and extension of the spine caused spinal disk herniation!
Even worse…the more reps you do, the higher your risk for back pain and slipped disks! But that’s not even the worst part.
The worst part is, just like crunches, sit-ups target the rectus abdominis muscles which means that you can not only hurt your back, but you can find your belly also getting bigger!!!
By now, I’m sure you’ll agree that you should avoid doing these 3 ab exercises and instead use exercises that are designed to safely and effectively tone your stomach while building a strong core at the same time.
After all, you don’t want to get injured or make your stomach stick out more, do you?
It’s Much Better To Do Good Ab Exercises The Right Way!
So…now that you know sit-ups, crunches and side bends are terrible for your neck and your back and will never flatten your belly, I also wanted to point out something else. Even the “good exercises” like planks and leg raises are also done wrong the majority of the time.
To be honest, even with over 11 years of experience training over 540 clients in person, I still didn’t know the proper way to flatten a set of female abs until I met the Dr. I mentioned earlier in this article – Dr. James Vegher.
I am about to introduce him to you, as well.
He’s the only professional I’ve ever met who truly understood the natural function of your abs.
As a matter of fact, the unique Core Activation Sequences that he shared with me will not only tone, tighten, and flatten your midsection, but they will make every exercise in your workout routine significantly safer for your spine, and they will probably even feel easier, too!
The reality is, if you’re not getting the belly-flattening results you want from your ab training, then it’s not you. It’s the exercises you’ve been using.
The good news for you is the Dr.-created ab training sequences I’m gonna show you on the next page can noticeably flatten your belly in a matter of just a few WEEKS. But I have to warn you…
These Ab Training Secrets Were Painful For Me To Come Across!
Through a strange sequence of events that involved an emergency c-section and a little baby learning how to move, I realized that Dr. Vegher held the key to proper core activation and ab flattening techniques.
I’d love to share what I learned with you. Now…let me be really up-front about something. If you don’t take the time to get the unique Core Activation Sequences that I learned from Dr. Vegher, then my bet is you’ll end up looking at yourself in the mirror a year from today, disappointed with the lack of results you’ve gotten.
That would be sad, but that’s ultimately your choice.
On the other hand, if you’re at all interested in learning the right way to train your abs, flatten your belly, strengthen your core, and if you want to get on the path to lean, toned abs in a matter of weeks, then the next page is where you want to go…
On that page, I’ll share with you the series of painful events I had to go through to discover the new ab training method that my good friend Dr. James Vegher is about to teach you…
The Garage Warrior
P.S. I’ll also show you a 23-second exercise you can do right now to help you flatten your belly while sitting in a chair! Go here to learn this exercise and learn the best way to flatten your belly…