Working on abs - is there a best time to do them?

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    Feb 21, 2012 2:39 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I am thinking of adding ab workouts to my routine. My goal is to flatten my stomach.

    Currently, I run 3 times a week (5 - 10 k) and 3 karate classes.

    I have somewhat of a silly question. Is there a most effective and least efffective time to do ab workouts? Like, should I tag on the ab workout after my run? Or would it be just as effective if I do them first thing in the morning?

    Thanks guys.

    Joe
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    Feb 21, 2012 4:59 AM GMT
    ^
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    Feb 21, 2012 5:00 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidWhen you're watching TV, of course. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Where do you find this sh*t? You rock! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 21, 2012 6:14 AM GMT
    OMG Tht looks horrible and painful!
    As if doing this would be worse than actually doing ab workouts!
    I must have it XD
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    Feb 21, 2012 6:16 AM GMT
    That six pack grid looks like it would be more effective if it was heated in fire until red hot. That way it would cook the flesh on your abdomen into a permanent six pack shape.
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    Feb 21, 2012 6:17 AM GMT
    I am waiting 'til they come out witht the adjustable, strap-on Full Body Hancer.
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    Feb 21, 2012 6:27 AM GMT
    Runnerjoe saidHey guys, I am thinking of adding ab workouts to my routine. My goal is to flatten my stomach.

    Currently, I run 3 times a week (5 - 10 k) and 3 karate classes.

    I have somewhat of a silly question. Is there a most effective and least efffective time to do ab workouts? Like, should I tag on the ab workout after my run? Or would it be just as effective if I do them first thing in the morning?

    Thanks guys.

    Joe


    What's up Joe.

    Sooooooooo....based on my knowledge I do NOT do ab workouts around the same time of day I do cardio for the same reason I do not lift weights the same time of day I do cardio (b/c w/ cardio you burn though carbs storage very quickly and begin breaking down muscle...and some fat later). However, if you were do abs earlier in the day with good nutrition in btwn workouts then you'd be fine.

    Also...

    - be sure to give your abs a one day break in btwn workouts. They are muscles and thus (the cellular makeup) need time to rebuild after a workout.

    - flat stomach come primarily with diet...70% diet 30% exercise. You can do as much ab/core work as you want, but if your diet sucks hairy elephant balls you will not see results.

    - If I tag on abs as part of a lifting day then I either complete my entire ab workout after my warmup (i.e. short bike/run/jumprope/anything cardio) or I integrate it into my high intensity circuit training (if I am doing circuit training that day). Reason being is b/c if I wait to do abs at the end then I'll be more likely to bullshit my way through the end of my ab workout.

    LASTLY...GO HARD OR GO HOME!!!

    Good luck buddy

    P.S. what kind of core work are you doing with Karate?
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    Feb 21, 2012 7:22 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidab-enhancer.jpg

    "recommended by pseudo-athletes" LOL!

    I've been told Ab and calf exercises are the two groups that can be done on a daily basis.

    Just don't be the guy I saw today at the gym...occupied the only 2-cable weight machine for half an hour doing something that might resemble a physio-ball crunch while pulling on the cables..

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    sigh.

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    Feb 21, 2012 7:26 AM GMT
    Abs before bed . Burn rather than store fat. Dont eat before bed either.
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    Feb 21, 2012 7:36 AM GMT
    This is where 90% of ab work is done

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    Feb 21, 2012 7:37 AM GMT
    It is important to do your ab workout at the end of a training session. It is part of your core and if your fatigue this it makes it harder to do other stuff be it weights or cardio.
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    Feb 21, 2012 7:47 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidWhen you're watching TV, of course. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Is this a canadian product? Order me one immediately. I will wear it while tanning!!!!

    Oh wait, I have a microwave bacon rack that might work just as well.... why did I not think of something as genius as this????
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    Feb 21, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidThis is where 90% of ab work is done

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    So true!
    To get flat abs, you need to eat right.
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    Feb 21, 2012 11:52 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidWhen you're watching TV, of course. icon_biggrin.gif

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    this was greaticon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Feb 22, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the responses guys! So glad I found a forum like this one.

    LOL @ the ab-hancer. If only. icon_smile.gif

    @orthojock, for karate, normal exercises that we do in addition to punching and kicking are push ups, squats, sit ups, leg raises, lunges, jump jacks and a variation of these activities.

    I will start my ab workout routine tonight. Hopefully with proper diet and regular workout, I can get a flat stomach by early summer.

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    Feb 22, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    I wish i knew....ergggg i'm in the same boat! T-T
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    Feb 22, 2012 7:01 AM GMT
    JPtheBITCH saidThe best time to do abs is when you're still young enough that someone else will give a shit that you did.


    Best advice!icon_lol.gif