Spot Reduction A Myth?

@calicot (256)
Philippines
December 30, 2007 11:38pm CST
I've read in many exercise research journals that spot reduction is impossible to get result like doing only the abs to get those six pack would also involve other muscle group or even weight lose to achieve this. So it's a general body workout that's needed. For mylotters here would you find that the topic is true or just that, a myth?
4 responses
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
31 Dec 07
Yes as is takes more muscles than the one you are working on I would say that it is impossible to do spot reduction
@calicot (256)
• Philippines
31 Dec 07
ok thanks for clearing that up. But then I guess that it will do be very beneficial in the long term if let say that you engage doing crunches to develop and strengthen your abdominals right? I mean, even if you still have a flabby belly but if you do ab exercises, sooner when you do reduced weight and become more slender, your ab muscles will show definition. Can we again agree with that?
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
31 Dec 07
yup we can agree on that and that might be the only place good for us to agree lol
• Australia
31 Oct 08
You have to have pretty low bodyfat levels to be able to see your abs. If you only do abs exercises without doing anything to lose fat then you might have strong big abs, but they'll be hiding beneath the layer of fat. You can't spot reduce because when you're doing exercises to lose fat, such as cardio, HIIT or total body circuits you're whole body is losing fat. Not just the part where you wanna lose fat. in short... doing abs exercises might cause you to lose a little bit of fat. But it won't be just belly fat. And not enough to make those abs visible. Also, belly fat is normally the last bit of fat to go. (in my case anyway) *cries*
• Philippines
15 Feb 08
The only effective spot reductions possible are medical procedures.
@rocap07 (54)
• United States
23 Jan 08
The easy part of getting your abdominals to show is the strength work for them. The harder part is the cardiovascular work to burn fat. The hardest part is the diet.