Thread: ok abs question
07-21-2004, 03:04 PM #1New Member
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ok abs question
ok i know abs need rest like all other muscles. but what do you guys reccommend for rest? should you do abs every other day or every 2 days? what do you guys think? and what are some killer routines that have been working great for you guys? thanks
07-21-2004, 03:23 PM #2
i work abs once a week. . sometime twice (3 days apart)
my routine is always 5 sets of 25 switching around from: rope crunches, reverse crunches, leg raise, regualr crunches, bicycle. w/e i feel like doin that day, it changes every week
07-21-2004, 03:24 PM #3
7 minute abs is the key. not 6, but 7.
Nah J/K. i do abs every other day MWF. One day i will focus on rep and then other days i will do weight. I do alot of leg lifts too those will really bring in the v-line, or have for me. For me the biggest thing is to really focus on squeezing your ab muscles and releasing and not using momentum.
07-21-2004, 04:47 PM #4
Only working abs once a week is not the way to go IMO.
When training abs, in one session, nobody trains them with a workload comparable to any other muscle group. You might be able to get away with training chest, legs, or back once per week because most people who do that do many more sets than they do for an abs workout. I prefer 2-3 times a week, 3 exercises at 2-3 sets each keeping the rep range from 10-20 per set. IMO anything from EOD to twice a week is prudent for abdominal work.
07-21-2004, 05:52 PM #5
I work mine 2x a week, used to work them 4-5x a week and just wasn't seeing results cause they weren't getting enough rest. Some of my favorite ab exercise are Hanging Leg Lifts, Reverse Incline Crunches, Cable Crunches, Decline Situps.
07-21-2004, 06:43 PM #6Originally Posted by chicamahomico
sidenote: cardio is the best ab exercise
07-21-2004, 09:12 PM #7Originally Posted by BIP0LAR
07-21-2004, 09:17 PM #8ttuPrincess GuestOriginally Posted by dalcowbag
eliptical, stairmaster or treadmill are much better choices..
I know most of you guys will laugh at this, but take a pillates class...
pillates trains your core... I promise you will see improvements!!!
07-21-2004, 09:43 PM #9
I'm not saying it cannot work but with the training split and abdominal workouts most people follow, once per week is not enough. Would I be correct if were to guess that you have been an athlete all your life? You probably have a good base and maintenance is all you need.
The work that abdominals get from doing other exercises is minimal and often overstated IMO because they are just isometrically contracting in a secondary or tertiary stabilization role unless you are doing some sport specific or unique strongman exercises (one arm deads, overhead squats, dumbell snatches) but hardly anyone does these.
But again, do what works for you. You are way ahead of the curve having figured that out. Good debate people keep it going.
Originally Posted by dalcowbag
07-21-2004, 09:46 PM #10
Hey sweety, lol, glad to see you in this forum. I think he means it in the sense that if you are fat you won't see abs.
Chico ---> @ Pilates
Originally Posted by ttuPrincess
07-21-2004, 11:27 PM #11ttuPrincess GuestOriginally Posted by chicamahomico
07-22-2004, 05:37 AM #12LM1332 Guest
i dont know i do or did abs 3 times a week but i did em hardcore for about 20 or so minutes and they were hard as a rock.
07-22-2004, 09:23 AM #13
Actually the abdominal area heals alot faster than the other muscles of the body. I work my abs 7 days a week. And still carry the six package. It took forever because i had a gut at first. i take 20 minutes to do my abs and carry a good head over my shoulders when i'm finished each day.
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