Abs if you do and abs if you don't?

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    Jan 12, 2013 2:22 PM GMT
    I've heard some people advising that I only do abs after my workout, rather than when I start.

    Now, after a hard weights session, I don't really feel like doing (or sometimes just don't have the energy to do) a set of ab workouts.

    My question: does it really make a difference?
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    Jan 12, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    I dont see why it would...
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    Jan 12, 2013 7:27 PM GMT
    Do them between sets. That way, they will form part of your weight training routine, rather than feeling like an inconvenience before or afterwards.
  • calibro

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    Jan 12, 2013 8:08 PM GMT
    it's only true if you're black or half puerto rican
  • BTBruce

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    Jan 12, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    Personally, I find that doing them right after I step out of bed, is the best time. 1) I do them like clockwork everyday and 2) no excuses for not getting to them later in the day. I also like doing them on an empty stomach.
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    Jan 12, 2013 8:14 PM GMT
    I do abs after a run. I never start a workout with abs. It's always an AND.
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    Jan 12, 2013 8:17 PM GMT
    For a long time, I avoided any specific abs workout. Basically, pumping up the abs just made my fat stick out farther icon_redface.gif .

    The last routine I was on had them at the end of the legs days workouts. Sometimes I ran out of time or steam. So I started doing a sunday afternoon workout with abs and whatever odds and ends that I had skipped during the week.

    Now I'm on one of the RJ 12-week programs, and it has core work mixed in throughout the routine.
  • Splendidus_1

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    Jan 12, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    http://www.daveywaveyfitness.com/tag/abs-2/
  • jaxsurfer

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    Jan 12, 2013 8:30 PM GMT
    Every day seems to be working best for me, doesn't matter the time of day or night.
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 12, 2013 8:31 PM GMT
    If this is the case then I don't think it really matters. Make sure you get your abs in either before or after.
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    Jan 12, 2013 8:32 PM GMT
    I do mine after I worked whatever body part I'm doing that day- at least 3 times a week, if not 4.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 12, 2013 10:31 PM GMT
    I like to do mine at the end of my workout. No sense in doing an activity if I haven't gotten my heart rate up.

    As silly as it sounds I enjoy doing the "Steam Engine" I picked up from P90X naked in the mirror. Combine that workout with my weight loss from running (40lbs) I love seeing my stomach contract and the definition form over time. Makes me want to work harder every time.
  • Medjai

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    Jan 12, 2013 10:34 PM GMT
    I've starting mixing them into my super sets. It spreads them out more, and ensures I can fit more in before I burn out.
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    Jan 12, 2013 10:34 PM GMT
    Most trainers I've worked with save abs for the end. I dunno if there's a specific reason for that or not. One of my gym nights is usually 60 min exclusive core/ab work. No Crunches!!!!
  • Montague

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    Jan 12, 2013 10:41 PM GMT
    MidwesternKid saidI like to do mine at the end of my workout. No sense in doing an activity if I haven't gotten my heart rate up.

    As silly as it sounds I enjoy doing the "Steam Engine" I picked up from P90X naked in the mirror. Combine that workout with my weight loss from running (40lbs) I love seeing my stomach contract and the definition form over time. Makes me want to work harder every time.


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    Jan 12, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    Whether you realize it or not you draw core strength during your entire workout for every body part. Fatiguing your core at the very beginning will prevent you from realizing that particular workout to its full potential.
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    Jan 12, 2013 10:48 PM GMT

    Curious how long people's ab routine is?
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    Jan 12, 2013 11:02 PM GMT
    Before bed. Burn all night.
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    Jan 12, 2013 11:06 PM GMT
    aboycalledhero saidMy question: does it really make a difference?
    Yes.

    Working abs first allows you to put more time and energy into them. Waiting till the end of the workout is counterproductive if abs is your primary focus.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Jan 12, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
    Minutiae.

    The point is to do them.
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    Jan 12, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
    aboycalledhero saidI've heard some people advising that I only do abs after my workout, rather than when I start.

    Now, after a hard weights session, I don't really feel like doing (or sometimes just don't have the energy to do) a set of ab workouts.

    My question: does it really make a difference?


    As a common sense matter, and I'm sure you'll take time to think this through...if you are going to be squatting, etc., it probably is best not to pre-exhaust your mid section.

    In general, visible abs aren't really much of a function of how much you work abs, but, more a function of body fat levels. Typically, best things for abs is HIIT. Body fat levels are a function of that HIIT and diet.
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    Jan 13, 2013 12:40 AM GMT
    I used to do them after like most people who work out.

    Today I do them before my work out. I put my all into the body parts I am working out for the day. I try to limit my workouts to an hour, and get in my protein/carb drink immediately after my workout. My body and muscles need that shake for nourishment and recovery, plus I take magnesium to replace what is lost, so forth, which is good to take with food. I'm doing it for my own reasons that work with my body and medical conditions. I don't feel like doing abs after my shake, which would upset my stomach.

    I do abs before to get them out of the way. I'm slow to start, and do some exercises for the rotator cuff, and stretches for my arms to control and prevent tendonitis, so forth. I was told by my physical therapists it is good to do this before and after. Abs are the last part of this and my exercises are slow take more time than most people. Last I do cardio moderately for 5 minutes or so, and immediately start my workout.
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    Jan 13, 2013 12:44 AM GMT
    Depends on what you do. There are some exercises that work your core secondary but there are others that don't even touch it.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Jan 13, 2013 12:44 AM GMT
    Why don't you just integrate them into your workout along with everything else?

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  • barriehomeboy

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    Jan 13, 2013 12:49 AM GMT
    You're muscles don't know what time it is, or where they are in the sequence of your workout. Just work them out.