Getting a 6 pack can be hard, so we're here to help let you know when to train your abs and how to train your abs.
So can you actually train them everyday?
Well... Training abs every day is a little excessive, however abs do recover relatively quick so you can do them quite often. However.. they are a muscle and they do need time to recover just like any other body part. When we rest is actually when we grow so if you worked the same muscle every day then you'd never progress right.
Training abs every day will most likely make you feel burnt out relatively fast/ uninterested in doing them at all. Having a six pack is cool and all but it shouldn't be the main focus of your workout. You should be using abdominal exercises more to touch up on things in your core but the main focus of your energy should be on lifting/nutrition.
Should you use weight to train them?
Training abs won’t necessarily make you leaner, but they will make your 6 pack pop out more and look more defined. Using a little weight can be okay but we’re not maxing out here... try to aim for around 12 reps or even more on ab exercises. Using too much weight can cause back issues for some core workouts so be careful with that as well.
Speaking of lifting with weights, abs are also worked indirectly through big compound lifts such as squats for example
so... if your doing abs the day before and after lifts like these then they might not recover as fast.
Training abs should be done to help them stay tight but the main reason you will be lean/ripped lies within your diet. If you do wish to train abs I think a good sweet spot is to pick 3-5 exercises in a training cycle. Do them 3-4 times a week and then maybe switch them up with another 3-5 exercises every month or so.
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Author: Patrick Reckner- Certified Personal Trainer/ Sports Performance Specialist