New Trainee: "What! In magazines and on TV the experts say that if I just use the machine that works my abs for 3 minutes a day then my stomach will get smaller and I'll get the sexy core the people on the infomercials have."
Me: "Well unfortunately, you've bought into one of the biggest fitness myths in the industry. Just because you train one area of the body doesn't mean it will lose fat in that area."
Above is a conversation I've had with many people, it has to do with the concept of 'spot reduction' a myth, which is a great sales technique for infomercials, but is not based in reality. It’s because of conversations like the one above and the misinformation from the fitness industry infomercials, that I believe many people think that if they work their abs or glutes and get a good burn going then those muscles somehow melt off the fat surrounding those areas. Which is understandable because they feel the muscles working and often feel sore then next day. Many people don’t understand the complexities of how the body loses fat, and that different people lose fat in different places at different rates of speed according to their own genetics. Infomercials and fitness magazines are OK with keeping people in the dark about it because they sell more products that way.
Don’t get me wrong, abdominal exercises should be done, but remember abdominal exercises won’t give you a skinny waist, in some cases they can actually make your waist grow.
The best way to get the body you want is to workout using multi-joint exercises and to eat properly.
If you live in Keene area, come by Granite State Kettlebells, 175 Martell Court, where you’ll learn how to do several multi-joint exercises in a community of people all working hard at improving their fitness.