Can you or can't you work your abs every day?

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    Jul 13, 2009 1:56 AM GMT
    With the moutains of misinformation out there, I thought I would ask. For every article I see that says yes, there is one that says no.

    As part of my routine, I like to do a few things every time, like the elliptical for 10 minutes to warm up and then for 1/2 hour to 45 mins at the end to burn off calories and fat.

    I really like getting a set of 3 on the ab machine using 85 lbs. reps are 40-30-20.
    I am seeing great results, but I wonder if I am being counter-productive.

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    Jul 15, 2009 8:18 AM GMT
    I work out with a guy who does ab exercises every day. He is finding that he can do crunches 'til the cows come home (just like you), but to this day his abs pretty much look like they did on day 1. If stamina is all he wanted, he now has that in spades. At 85 lbs though, you are obviously continually increasing the weight resistance, which is indeed a good thing. But your muscles do need rest time... you should try to not do the same muscle group 2 days in a row.

    As well, you should mix up the ab exercises - think of them as upper/mid/lower, plus the left / right obliques. There are rather different routines for targeting them specifically. The ab machine just forces you to do reasonable crunches and focus on your upper abdomen. Try doing crunches on the floor, with your feet in the air about 1 foot off the ground, and a 20 (or so) pound weight in your hands behind your head - I bet the middle part of your abs will burn like hell and you won't make it to 40! Then sit on a bench, stretch your legs out to the floor, place a weight just above your feet, and lift it with your legs. Voila lower ab exercise icon_smile.gif

    I would probably collapse if I used the elliptical as a warm up to muscle training icon_surprised.gif