abs - remedial questions

  • cyberwrassler

    Posts: 88

    Mar 28, 2013 4:24 PM GMT
    Hi All,
    Stupid question - I seem to be making some progress on losing weight..but someone told me you can "overwork"your abs and grow the muscles as opposed to getting slimmer. I have been a bit obsessive about ab exercises with each work out....it is best to do a LOT of ab work every day - or can this be detrimental? Also - is it best to repeat the same exercises every day..or mix it up?
  • gwuinsf

    Posts: 525

    Mar 28, 2013 6:57 PM GMT
    You should work it out like any muscle, with off days to rest.

    These days, most say to work your core over working your abs. It doesn't do any good to work your abs if you have layers of fat covering them up. So you're not really doing anything for yourself, whereas a stronger core will help you in other activities.
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    Mar 28, 2013 7:27 PM GMT
    "overworking" your abs as in doing shitloads of crunches with no weights for resistance will actually cause them to break down. They are muscles like all the rest, high weight / low rep = builds , low weight / high rep = breaks down.
    however for you right now, I wouldn't worry too much about your abs. Set appropriate goals in regards to how much you want to lose. Keep up the cardio and diet, so you can lose the weight and the you can see what you are working with. Building the muscle before you lose the weight will just look like you are fatter or at the least more bloated. That can be very disheartening after all of the work you have put into the gym. Great job btw and good luck. Hard work can get you where you want to go*.



    *disclaimer- it won't always get you there but that should never be an excuse to not do the work.
  • cyberwrassler

    Posts: 88

    Mar 28, 2013 7:38 PM GMT
    dudewithabeard said"overworking" your abs as in doing shitloads of crunches with no weights for resistance will actually cause them to break down. They are muscles like all the rest, high weight / low rep = builds , low weight / high rep = breaks down.
    however for you right now, I wouldn't worry too much about your abs. Set appropriate goals in regards to how much you want to lose. Keep up the cardio and diet, so you can lose the weight and the you can see what you are working with. Building the muscle before you lose the weight will just look like you are fatter or at the least more bloated. That can be very disheartening after all of the work you have put into the gym. Great job btw and good luck. Hard work can get you where you want to go*.



    *disclaimer- it won't always get you there but that should never be an excuse to not do the work.


    that's exactly how I feel..bloated...TKS...much appreciated.