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    Who out there is a believer that going lighter with higher reps and focusing on form is better than lower rep and heavier weight for ab workouts?

    Use a workout such as cable crunches for example.

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    I personally don't work abs.

    No need if your hitting your compound lifts.

    Unless you wanna shed stubborn fat, then maybe I'd go high reps.

    Pointless to me, my abs have always been hard or popping out and I haven't worked them since high school.
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    I do abs once per week like any other muscle & focus more on sets than reps...I am a firm believer in volume training & intensity over the number of reps or weight. However, abs are really made in the kitchen...I go by feel. Some days the reps are higher (15-20) and other days they are lower (10-12)...again just like any other muscle.
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    I don't think it makes a difference when working abs. It's debatable thought. I do a combination of both, twice a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peppers View Post
    I personally don't work abs. No need if your hitting your compound lifts. Unless you wanna shed stubborn fat, then maybe I'd go high reps. Pointless to me, my abs have always been hard or popping out and I haven't worked them since high school.
    I don't know where this started, but this needs to die off. Triceps are indirectly worked with all presses and biceps with all rows and pull-ups/pulldowns, yet everyone still works them.

    There is never a case of everything within the core firing at 100% concurrently since no person has perfect posture throughout the day and everyone has some sort of imbalance. Doing abs for an aesthetic purpose is debatable, but there is zero debate about the importance of training them from either a performance or health perspective.

    That being said, I train core twice per week in the 10-15 rep range for 3-4 sets. I vary my focus beyond trunk flexion and include lateral flexion (e.g. side bends), anti-extension (e.g. ab wheel), and rotational/anti-rotational work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I don't know where this started, but this needs to die off. Triceps are indirectly worked with all presses and biceps with all rows and pull-ups/pulldowns, yet everyone still works them. There is never a case of everything within the core firing at 100% concurrently since no person has perfect posture throughout the day and everyone has some sort of imbalance. Doing abs for an aesthetic purpose is debatable, but there is zero debate about the importance of training them from either a performance or health perspective. That being said, I train core twice per week in the 10-15 rep range for 3-4 sets. I vary my focus beyond trunk flexion and include lateral flexion (e.g. side bends), anti-extension (e.g. ab wheel), and rotational/anti-rotational work.
    Good for you.

    I personally don't need to waste time with them.

    The day after doing pull ups my abs are more sore than ever doing crunches etc
    Idk maybe I'm trying to hard doing pull-ups and working my core, ahh shucks.

    My abs have always popped w/o the tedious chore of working them. This is my opinion an works fine for me.

    I also never work arms. Pull-ups and dips do just fine along with every other press and pull move you stated.

    Unless your directly looking for your abs to show or competing, I don't see the need to work them.

    You work your core plenty doing compound lifts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peppers View Post
    Good for you. I personally don't need to waste time with them. The day after doing pull ups my abs are more sore than ever doing crunches etc Idk maybe I'm trying to hard doing pull-ups and working my core, ahh shucks. My abs have always popped w/o the tedious chore of working them. This is my opinion an works fine for me. I also never work arms. Pull-ups and dips do just fine along with every other press and pull move you stated. Unless your directly looking for your abs to show or competing, I don't see the need to work them. You work your core plenty doing compound lifts.
    The whole "works for me" perspective has little merit and if you like being imbalanced, more power to you. You cannot merely train compounds without supplemental ancillary work. This is something that everyone worth their salt with agree with when it comes to training.
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    How would I be unbalanced from not doing "side bends" wtf

    Deadlifts, Squats, Standing Military Presses, PullUps, Etc Enough for me.

    Sorry to jack your thread bro, was just stating my opinion as you asked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peppers View Post
    How would I be unbalanced from not doing "side bends" wtf Deadlifts, Squats, Standing Military Presses, PullUps, Etc Enough for me. Sorry to jack your thread bro, was just stating my opinion as you asked.
    Everyone is imbalanced. I do all of the following lifts you state and I know for a fact that these do not prevent imbalances. Your psoas, quadratus lumborum, transverse abdominis, etc. are never concurrently firing at 100%. It's not possible for anyone to have these completely at full capacity without direct attention.
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    Maybe from your stats or being a power lifter it plays a role.

    Or if he wants to be an underwear model.

    I lift because I like to lift, my abs get worked enough for my liking with other lifts. I've had a visible 6 pack many times and never worked abs. I just don't like wasting my gym time on them.

    If you like working them bro, work them.
    You can follow some advice given.
    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peppers View Post
    Maybe from your stats or being a power lifter it plays a role. Or if he wants to be an underwear model. I lift because I like to lift, my abs get worked enough for my liking with other lifts. I've had a visible 6 pack many times and never worked abs. I just don't like wasting my gym time on them. If you like working them bro, work them. You can follow some advice given. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    For anyone looking at training from a health or performance perspective, core plays an essential role.
    Agreed.

    But crunches and side bends ain't cutting it IMO

    I did all kinds of planks and ****, goofy **** in prison and it didn't help me do anything but burn calories.

    It didn't increase my lifts, or make me stand up straighter or make me faster. Etc etc
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    Heavy compounds do work your abs no doubt. BUT extra core work is something that can make quite a bit if difference in training and stability.

    It's kinda like saying if you do chest you don't NEED to isolate triceps......but if you isolate triceps they develop better.

    Whatever works. I personally train abs heavy but in a high rep range. Two exercises three times a week. One targeting lower abs more and one targeting upper abs more.

    ​" If you're looking for a work horse.......I'm no Clydesdale."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Montego1 View Post
    Heavy compounds do work your abs no doubt. BUT extra core work is something that can make quite a bit if difference in training and stability. It's kinda like saying if you do chest you don't NEED to isolate triceps......but if you isolate triceps they develop better. Whatever works. I personally train abs heavy but in a high rep range. Two exercises three times a week. One targeting lower abs more and one targeting upper abs more.
    Agreed. You worded it nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peppers View Post
    Agreed. But crunches and side bends ain't cutting it IMO I did all kinds of planks and ****, goofy **** in prison and it didn't help me do anything but burn calories. It didn't increase my lifts, or make me stand up straighter or make me faster. Etc etc
    I don't endorse ground-based crunches since no lift that is limited by core strength is done on your back and the ROM is minimal. Side bends are very effective, but few do them with enough weight (at least 50-60% of BW) for them to show any merit. There are dozens of core movements that work tremendously well yet they're ignored for the usual BS that people do when the word "abs" is mentioned.
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    I think there is no wrong answer here.

    We all agree the core plays a role in overall health and fitness, we just choose the amount of work we put into that aspect of our training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    For anyone looking at training from a health or performance perspective, core plays an essential role.
    I agree 100% with this. And just for clarification when I stated "I don't think it makes a difference" I was only referring to an aesthetic sense. I guess being a competitor thats what comes to mind first. LOL. Definitely train your core other then just compound lifts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EWolfe08 View Post
    I agree 100% with this. And just for clarification when I stated "I don't think it makes a difference" I was only referring to an aesthetic sense. I guess being a competitor thats what comes to mind first. LOL. Definitely train your core other then just compound lifts.
    Don't start dick riding bro, you know better. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peppers View Post
    I think there is no wrong answer here. We all agree the core plays a role in overall health and fitness, we just choose the amount of work we put into that aspect of our training.
    Time wise is maybe 20-25 mins per week. They're by no means time consuming. I'll often do rollouts while I'm cooking food since I'm usually gassed out by the end of my lower body training (the days I train abs).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Time wise is maybe 20-25 mins per week. They're by no means time consuming. I'll often do rollouts while I'm cooking food since I'm usually gassed out by the end of my lower body training (the days I train abs).
    Honestly, I skip them because by the time my sessions are over, I'm gassed and got nothing left. I don't want to save energy and skip out on giving my my all to more important lifts.

    Just my preference.
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    OP, if you search for the user "ZiR RED" you'll probably be able to find some abdominal exercises he's suggested before
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    http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...ore_training_1

    The most comprehensive core article I've read from one of the best minds in the industry.
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    Well thanks for all the feedback. I didnt mean to start a war on here lol. If one person is able to obtain the core and abs that he desires without directly hitting ab workouts, all the power to him.

    I was just looking for some input on other peoples techniques. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peppers View Post
    Don't start dick riding bro, you know better. Lol

    The thread is dead.
    Oh wow. you really are an idiot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EWolfe08 View Post
    Oh wow. you really are an idiot.
    This is why Internet sites kind of suck, I can't just come find you and kick your ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peppers View Post
    I personally don't work abs.

    No need if your hitting your compound lifts.

    Unless you wanna shed stubborn fat, then maybe I'd go high reps.

    Pointless to me, my abs have always been hard or popping out and I haven't worked them since high school.
    Derp
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    Quote Originally Posted by Type O Hero View Post
    Derp
    Idk what that means but if your throwing shots, let me know.

    Clear your pm"s so I don't get flagged again loud mouth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peppers View Post
    Idk what that means but if your throwing shots, let me know.
    Indeed shots fired

    OP - for what it's worth...heres my $0.02. I hit core 2-3 times per week. On my max effort lower day I'll do a high rep core circuit consisting of 3 exercises for 20 reps each that hit all planes of movement. On my dynamic effort lower day I'll do 4 sets for 10-15 reps of weighted abs. The 3rd time is usually just a BS extra work core session I'll do before hiit or something. The 3rd isn't serious. I follow Joe DeFrancos westside for skinny bastards plan right now. I think we all agreed earlier that the main compound lifts will help build up abs but focused work is useful. When I say hit all planes of movement I mean that I'll do something like reverse crunches or hanging leg raises, barbell russian twists/standing barbell twists/whatever you want to call them, and db side bends or timed suitcase carries. Something along those lines
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peppers View Post
    Based on your stats your advice doesn't mean **** to me. Stay in your lane.
    Dude. You really just messaged me about saying that derp was shots thrown? Grow up man. My advice was directed to the OP. Hence why I clearly stated OP before I gave my advice. You do know what OP means, right? I don't care if my stats determine if my advice means anything to you because I wasn't advising you my man.

    OP (no not you peppers, don't get your panties in a bunch again) - how much your core will be activated during compound movements is also dependent on if you use a belt or not
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