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Another Ab Thread-Train Abs Every Day?


#1

I was released from the Army last Sept, and plenty of NCO's would tell me that your core is such a large muscle group, you can literally work them out every day.

Now, I don't know if this is just their ignorance speaking or what, but wouldn't that be an overload on the core? Maybe they were speaking strictly using body weight??


#2

No


#3

slick reply...clever too. so you CAN work your core 7 days a week without regressing?


#4

I've done it and had no problems.


#5

You CAN,but it's not necessary in order to have a strong core,and if you were to train it every day,in my opinion,you would certainly be doing more harm than good if you don't mix it up as much as possible-isometric (i.e. plank) twisting,targetting lower or upper abs or obliques as appropriate on different days,with different exercises,etc. instead of a total beasting every day.

doing say,sit-ups and crunches every day would seem a bad idea unless it was very specific,i.e. boxing/martial arts or correcting a severely lordotic spine.


#6

It also doesn't make much logical sense to me that a "large muscle group" would need less recovery time.


#7

If you wanna get an 8-pack you gotta work your abs EVERY day. Sometimes twice a day. And go really high reps to tone the muscle and target that belly fat.


#8

^^ twice-a-days is basically what separates the 8-pack haves from the have-nots


#9

yeah you can work it a ton. But that doesn't mean you should waste all day on core exercises if it's detracting from more productive lifts in the gym.


#10

I do train my abs everyday, but I alternate on heavy standing ab work on my training days, and when I do recovery/extra workouts, I tend to do bw stuff like Hanging Leg Raises to build up work capacity and/or recovery.


#11

Most of the shit my NCO's would say didn't make logical sense, which is why I'm asking here :slight_smile:


#12

its best to work the abs FIRST to really pre-exhaust the muscle and to build hyyoooge mass, and then do something like front squats after that to really tone it

my 2 cents


#13

I'd rather have my abs fresh to stabilize myself during the really heavy lefts so I don't end up dumping a few hundred pounds of weights.


#14

x2

You'd think people have better things to do or something.


#15

I smell sarcasm....


#16

I heard supersetting and really exhaust both your lower back and abs, and then instantly attempt a 1RM rack pull builds HUGE MUSCLES.


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#18

If you train them right, they will be sore for days, you won't even be able to do pushups. Train them right meaning 2x12 situps on the decline bench with a 120 lb dumbell on your chest.


#19

I hear your legs are a large muscle group too!


#20

Wow! Cool! what sort of rep range we talkin'?