Too much of anything is bad and is most likely will be inefficient and will just waste tons of your energy and time when you overwork a certain muscle group on your body. ATHLEAN-X™ answers a very common question on how often should you train abs.
Knowing how often to work out your abs is just as important as knowing which ab exercises you should be doing! The problem is, there is a lot of confusion as to what the right ab workout frequency is. In this video I tell you not only how many days a week I think you should be doing ab work, but more importantly, five reasons why.
Some people suggest that you train your abs just like any other muscle group, no more than one or two times a week. Others believe that the abs require higher frequency training due to their muscle fiber composition, I would be one of them. But that’s not the only reason as you’ll see in this video.
One of the biggest arguments for frequent ab training is the crucial role they play in providing core support to the spine. As primarily postural muscles, the abdominals must be ready and able to fire consistently and without fail. If you think that training them once or twice a week is going to challenge them to improve, or even prepare them for the job they have…you are sadly mistaken.
Seven days a week ab training is my personal recommendation. That said, before you think that means you have to start doing ab workouts every single day, not so fast. The abs can be worked either directly or indirectly. In the ATHLEAN-X program, we put the core at the core of every exercise and rely on indirect ab training to provide the stimulus required from your normal workout. Add in the direct training recommendations from the six pack promise and you have the perfect blend of ab workout frequency to really carve out those abs faster than ever!
Beyond the question of how often should I work out abs is the question of when to work abs. Is there a best time to train abs and attack your core. For me, the answer is no. Whatever time you are able to be consistent with your ab training is going to be the right time for you. I personally find that doing my ab workout just before dinner every night is the winning combination. Realizing that I will never skip my nighttime meal, I partner my ab exercises with it so I never forget to do them either. If you think this will work for you, give it a try and let me know how you do.