T Nation

Working Abs Everyday?


#1

I read somewhere, once upon a time, that Abs are the only muscle group one can work on every day. Is that correct?


#2

Yes.The muscle fibre make up of the core muscles have alot to do with it, apparently they recover quick. But, hey, look at gymnasts - they train everything almost every day & have the best physiques in the world. All depends on how you train and recovery I suspect, abs included. (but not the same ab exercise every day)


#3

Hopefully this won't turn into another splits vs TBT debate, but the short answer is no.

I work chest and back every day, and continue to see good gains on my lifts.


#4

I use do em everyday. Now just twice a week. I treat them like any other muscle, chest, back etc. 10mins- 15mins at the end of a session.

edit: assuming most people do spilt routine


#5

So you wanna get abs? Post legit stats.


#6

I don't mean to piss on your parade; but I believe your post is a bit mis-leading. In a recent post where you are listing last years progress- you only list machine stations(w/the exception of D.Bell Flat Press). Although a 'novice' lifter may be able to make gains w/repeated weekly body part training(do mostly to strenght limitations); once you graduate to 'intermediate' you will not be able to continue to do so.

Before you lay claim to something other than 'novice' status-based on years of training or other; allow me to point out that the definition of a 'novice' is a lifter that continues to make progress while training in such a fashion. You should be proud of the progress you have made; but remember the journey is a long one.


#7

This post was flagged by the community and is temporarily hidden.


#8

Like I said, I don't want this to turn into yet another debate about the merits of splits vs. TBT. You will find more than a few intermediate/advanced lifters in the other threads on that topic that have seen good results from TBT.

You're right about the journey being a long one. I'm going on 7 years, and will keep pushing, and hopefully seeing progress, for as long as possible. I've done both splits and TBT, and will continue using both in the future.


#9

I don't really see the merits in training any muscle everyday except maybe calves. If you hit them hard enough they will need some time to recover.

That being said I do like doing a few light sets of abs at the end of my sessions just to loosen up the lower back. I do these more for injury prevention than hypertrophy.


#10

the more you fequency you train with the better at recovering your body will become. i squat twice a week, theres people who squat 4 times a week, then theres people who squat twice a day three times a week.

i dont see whats wrong in doing abs every day or every other day or what have you, same with calves.

i actually rarely train my abs but ive decided to change that and still have DOMS from training them like 3-4 days ago.


#11

"Sufficient intensity" is the key word. You probably can train them every day and see results if you take it nice and slow.


#12

i think most seasoned people would tell you to work any muscle as soon as its able to be worked again.


#13

This post was flagged by the community and is temporarily hidden.


#14

thanks, its from a shirt i have.

even with sufficient intensity i think you can train more than once a week.

like i said earlier, if i can train my quads twice a week i can train my abs twice a week.


#15

I prefer to train my with about 8 sets split up throughout the week.

Basically I train them every other day.

Ive never had a problem with recovery with them, but again I only do 8 sets every other day, so Im not really hitting them with much volume per workout, just often and very heavy.


#16

Since when do gymnasts have the best physiques in the world? Having good lats and biceps alone does not win bodybuilding competitions.


#17

lets not drum up THAT particular discussion.


#18

You probably could train any muscle group every day if you kept the volume very low.


#19

the question should be why would you want to train abs every day?


#20

True. I train chest and back every day, but nothing else. I do abs twice/week and my core strength seems fine.