AB training - everyday or once a week?

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    Sep 17, 2010 6:47 PM GMT
    Stupid question here:

    Was at the gym and overheard two guys talking about ab routines. Both had great abs.

    First guy states that he does a lot of different ab exercises every day, combined with diet and cardio.

    Second guy states that he works his abs once a week and all his exercises involve weights ( doing crunches holding a 45 lb plate)..combined with diet and cardio.

    The first guy stated that abs cant be overtrained and the second guy stated that muscle is muscle and that abs should be trained once a week hard just like any other muscle group. You dont train your biceps everyday so why would your abs be different.

    Where is the truth here? Should I be crunching every day or once a week with weight?

    Your insight is appreciated.

  • gallus81

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    Sep 18, 2010 2:50 AM GMT
    I do abs every day i train (5 or 6 times a week), and seems to work for me. I also never leave them to last; they're generally the first thing I do every session, and incorporate them into my warm-up routine.
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    Sep 18, 2010 3:00 AM GMT
    I basically do what the second guy does: train once per 5 days and use heavy weights. I'm by no means an expert in this area but I think that training more frequently is ok if you are just looking to tone up. If you are like me and you are trying to increase muscle mass in your abs I think you just need to treat them like you would any other muscle and train hard then give them time to recover. Just my opinion!
  • Ironman4U

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    Sep 18, 2010 3:03 AM GMT
    I was an abs every day for 5 days a week kinda guy for years and years...like 25 plus. I would tack on about 10-20 minutes of ab work at the end of my gym workout. Always had strong abs and a flat stomach, but the six-pack always eluded me. As was said above, it worked great for keeping them toned but didn't do anything to add definition.

    Mixed things up in the last year plus. Now, I work abs twice a week with much more intensity. I combine my ab workout with legs and do a 90 minute to 2 hour workout. It has made a difference! I now have a six-pack at 52 years old.

    My ab workout is in my profile if you want to see the exercises I do in a typical session.
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    Sep 18, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    I'm kind of like the first guy but i understand what the second guy is saying.

    I only train my abs hard 2-3x's a week (with weights) and i space it out. The other days i train my abs i don't use weights. I'll do regular crunches, sit ups and hanging leg raises. I think when you are doing weighted ab workouts you shouldn't do it everyday because you are breaking down the muscles so you want to give it some rest time. That's just my view on it so that's what i do and it works for me. I've went 7 days with doing intense weighted abs workouts as an experiment and didn't see any benefit from it. I was just extremely tired.

    Wasn't hard for me to get a 6 pack so my goal was to get an 8 pack which is why i tried the 7 day thing but that just worked against me. I went back to my normal routine which really works for me and i'm back to my 8 pack. Now it's been all about get it to be more defined. I went this water park in July and got a good response icon_lol.gif so i think it's working.
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    Sep 18, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    I used to do abs once a week. Now I do them every time I lift - Mon, Wed, Fri. See what works for you. Do a routine for a couple of weeks and change it up again to keep your body from getting used to the routine.
  • mybud

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    Sep 18, 2010 3:29 AM GMT
    Abs are a holy grail for most guys...but they can be over trained...2 to 3 times a week is plenty...BUD
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    Sep 18, 2010 3:59 AM GMT
    first off, both of those guys are right that they incorporate diet and cardio. getting abs is definitely as much part diet as it is anything else. you can't get a nice 6-pack if you're eating like shit which will ultimately cover them up.

    you have to realize that your abs are just like any other muscle, so to get them bigger you need to work them out like you would your chest or arms. i mean, would you use minimal weight during bicep curls to get your arms bigger? no, you'd probably try and do sets of 6-12 reps at max weight. so why would your abs be any different? i started incorporating weights into my workouts and have seen incredible results. of course, as always, it always helps to keep your body guessing as to what kind of work it will be doing. so switch up your exercises every once in a while.
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    Sep 18, 2010 4:48 AM GMT
    I was pretty much going to say the exact same thing that Bud said and only work the abs twice per week. Scooby from youtube (you know- the butterface that always gives advice shirtless) does recommend using weights, but if you ask me, do 2-3x per week unweighted, but only once if you use 45 lbers. And there's nothing wrong with mixing it up every once in awhile. ;)