Exercise is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle, but health clubs and gyms are also home to a bulked-up trove of myths, reports ABC News in a recent feature. According to ABC, fitness experts around the nation are working harder every day to correct the misinformation found in the fitness industry, especially the information passed along in gyms and fitness centers. Here are two popular fitness myths that have been put to the test:
Myth: Crunches will flatten your stomach.
The Answer: Crunches alone won’t flatten your stomach, because there are no exercises to reduce fat in specific areas of your body. “Basically, you can’t spot reduce — your body decides where to store fat and a lot of that is based on your genetics,” said Gerald Endress, fitness manager for the Duke Diet & Fitness Center. The best way to get a flat stomach is to burn calories to reduce fat in your body overall. Endress said that an exercise routine to flatten the stomach might vary by person. “You basically want to pick an activity you can stay with consistently during the week.” He said he often recommends strengthening the area through Pilates, yoga and muscle training that focuses on the torso. Working with the Ultimate Body Press can be a great way to tone and tighten and build up your muscles.