How often do you train abs.

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  1. How often do you train abs.


    In a week how often you train abs and generally how many excercises , sets and reps ?


  2. I don't train them at all lol
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  3. Around 3 times a week 2-3 exercises 3 sets of 15+ reps depending on exercise.

  4. away from competition never train them. when I am closer to the competition I train them about 2 times a week with 7/8 series... to max reps with short rest

  5. I never train them. I always get a HORRIBLE cramp when i do. Yes i'm hydrated
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by jackedjimbean View Post
    I never train them. I always get a HORRIBLE cramp when i do. Yes i'm hydrated
    It's because you never train them
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  7. Every other day and I have been seeing beter results.
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  8. A lot!!! Sometimes every other day, and sometimes back to back if I train light. I train them often becouse I am introducing some calisthenics into my training. Its helped me with every functional outside of the gym activity I engage in.

  9. 3 times a week after each session I will dedicate a quick ab blast maybe just the 1 exercise x3 sets till fail

  10. I would do them if I had more time. In my best shape years, it was twice a week 3 exercises, 3 sets each for max reps. Trying to get more time to get them back in. I feel stronger when I do them with frequency

  11. Pretty much every training day. I'll do 3-4 sets of some ab variant to failure.
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  12. i just started training them and ive been lifting for 4 years.... . now im doing them 3x/wk , just leg lifts and side bends...
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  13. Everyday. Side/high/low planks, Russian twists, leg raises, flutter kicks, and a few crunches.

  14. It is very common to overlook adequately strengthening the 'core', which includes a band of muscle that sits behind the abdominal wall plus other deep seated muscles. I trained for over 20 years not directly training the abs/core and gradually you start to pay a price through injury and stability that prevents moving onto greater levels of strength in basic moves.

    I now do a Pilates and yoga class (once a week each) to complement my weight training and for the past several years have had less niggly injuries as a consequence.

    Working abs is fine, but working the core is something i wish i had done with the same intensity and commitment as legs, chest and arms from the start!

  15. As many times as you can possibly fit in. Doesn't have to be every day but just like calves abs can be worked quite often without getting over worked. When I was at my most chiseled point I was doing abs almost daily and some days more I'd just fit random sit up sessions in throughout my day even out of the gym. Always keep in mind abs are mad in the kitchen not the gym as well.
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  16. Don't train them directly. Indirect training from compound exercises is all they receive. I could care less. If I want more definition in the abs i work at lowering my bodyfat %. I like to keep the waistline as small as possible. Certainly not an area I want to see excessive hypertrophy. If I remember correctly steve reeves avoided training abs like the plague for this reason.

  17. Although worth dedicating time to the 'core' as opposed to just abs, i also try and avoid ending sessions with core work because it diverts blood to the ab region and given the amount of muscle in the midsection i'd rather keep the pump within the muscles i have specifically worked.

  18. I try to balance abs and lower back in order to keep a decent posture.
    Overdoing abs while neglecting hyperextensions leaves me walking hunched.

  19. Does anyone else subscribe to the belief you can overdevelop your abs/obliques to where there is a significant increase in waist circumference? Personally i'm not so sure how much mass you can add to the mid section just rather err on the side of caution.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by jackedjimbean View Post
    I never train them. I always get a HORRIBLE cramp when i do. Yes i'm hydrated

    I train abs 2-3 times a week and I get cramps also after a good ab session, I have learned to like them !!
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  21. Quote Originally Posted by ericos_bob View Post
    Does anyone else subscribe to the belief you can overdevelop your abs/obliques to where there is a significant increase in waist circumference? Personally i'm not so sure how much mass you can add to the mid section just rather err on the side of caution.
    I think if you are consistently adding weight to your ab exercises, and you're training them with heavy weight, its definitely possible to overdevelop them. I always stick to a higher rep range with abs, and often times just do body weight exercises for 20-25 reps. I might be completely wrong with my approach, but I would rather have tight definition than massive chunky abs
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by john.patterson View Post
    I think if you are consistently adding weight to your ab exercises, and you're training them with heavy weight, its definitely possible to overdevelop them. I always stick to a higher rep range with abs, and often times just do body weight exercises for 20-25 reps. I might be completely wrong with my approach, but I would rather have tight definition than massive chunky abs
    I agree, lf you want a bigger chest you press more weight, so why train for "Bigger" abs ??
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  23. Quote Originally Posted by Rocket3015 View Post
    I agree, lf you want a bigger chest you press more weight, so why train for "Bigger" abs ??
    Exactly. Agreed 100%. I understand when you first start you want to use some resistance to build a foundation. But intermediate and advanced lifters shouldn't need to continue to increase resistance for ab training. If you can see your abs and they're shaped well, there's no need to blast them with heavy weight
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  24. I get a kick out of seeing all the Guys and Girls at the gym doing side bends with like a 50lbs dumb bell, I always want to ask them why they want a wider waist ??
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  25. Quote Originally Posted by john.patterson View Post
    I think if you are consistently adding weight to your ab exercises, and you're training them with heavy weight, its definitely possible to overdevelop them. I always stick to a higher rep range with abs, and often times just do body weight exercises for 20-25 reps. I might be completely wrong with my approach, but I would rather have tight definition than massive chunky abs
    This. A good friend of mine who I've worked out with a lot since HS used to do heavy, low rep (6-10 reps or so) ab work, and while he had "developed" abs, with good depth between the abs, he just had a general distended look, almost like you see with today's pros (no, he hasn't used any drugs/gear). Now that he's doing lighter weight, higher rep ab work, he's keeping the definition, but getting rid of the distended look. Just a n=1 anecdote.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket3015 View Post
    I get a kick out of seeing all the Guys and Girls at the gym doing side bends with like a 50lbs dumb bell, I always want to ask them why they want a wider waist ??
    Exactly! It's even more questionable when the people doing it are only in the gym for aesthetic purposes (not that it's a good exercise for athletic performance, but that's why a lot of people justify it).

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