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?
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.
- 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?