Yesterday, during Body Pump class, my favourite instructress announced we had two weeks to get a 6 pack, cos she was leaving for Hong Kong to teach there. I was thinking to myself, as I was doing those painful abdominals, WHO NEEDS A 6 PACK WHEN YOU HAVE A BARREL???
Abdominals, or sit ups, have changed drastically over the years. When I was a boy, sit ups used to be literally THAT!!! Sit up. We lie flat and try to sit up. Then over the years, it evolved, whereby our knees are propped up, (how to describe ah), but we still sit up. Years later, it turns out that both those method are disastrous for the back, (which explains my constant need for massage these days, of the lower back), and if you want to scrunch up your knees, and completely sit up, you've to do it on an incline. Anyway, my point being, exercises are always evolving. Should we risk doing it now, until they've perfected the art? Who knows WHAT further damage could result by doing the crunches of today.
In fact, I heard that crunches and sit ups do NOT actually reduce your tummy. If you've a big belly, and you dont lose it before embarking on a crunchy regime, you'll end up with a BIG TONED TUMMY. So how?
People ( i dont know who exactly) who read this blog would think, gee, what's he on about. All he talks about is food, how does he expect to lose it. In reality, I have the metabolism of a dead snail. Of course I have a whole theory spawned as to how that happened, but I'll leave that for another day, when I get my next blogger's block. Jackie Chan said (in the opening of California Fitness), that you can eat anything as long as you do 30 minutes cardio work 3 times a week. YEAH, 30 minutes my sweet ass. Maybe if you're Karen Carpenter, that might work.