Fitness Myth: Doing crunches will get rid of belly fat
Don’t believe everything you hear on those late-night infomercials! While an ab-crunching device might help strengthen the muscles around your midsection and improve your posture, being able to “see” your abdominal muscles has to do with your overall percentage of body fat. If you don’t lose the belly fat you won’t see the ab muscles.
But can doing ab crunches help you to lose that belly fat? You can’t pick and choose areas where you’d like to burn fat. So crunches aren’t going to target weight loss in that area. In order to burn fat, you need a workout that includes both cardiovascular and strength-training elements. This will decrease your overall body fat content, including the area around your midsection.
Bill Pec is a personal trainer located in Portland, Oregon. He offers one-on-one exclusive personal training out of his fully equipped studio.