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Abs? Once or daily?

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2011/03/22 12:17:50 (permalink)

Abs? Once or daily?

Hey am trying to bulk up. I currently train abs as a muscle group once a week. Few people at my gym train there abs daily. Should I increase the amount if times I target these.
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    CitizenKane
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    Re:Abs? Once or daily? 2011/03/22 12:22:05 (permalink)
    No. You don't need to do any direct ab work, presuming you are doing the big lifts like squatting, deadlifting, overhead pressing, etc. The primary function of the abs is to stabilise the spine, so you are already working your abs in this way with more than enough load to stimulate growth. There's no harm doing some crunches here and there if you want, but it's not necessary.
     
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    Re:Abs? Once or daily? 2011/03/22 13:34:02 (permalink)
    I beg to differ quite strongly, I would do direct ab work atleast 3 times per week, with 3 or so different exercises working with sets of 4 per exercise working up to 30-50 reps. Core strength increases overall strength, I never used to train abs and when I started doing them a lot my lifts all improved in a month or so dramatically. Go figure
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    Re:Abs? Once or daily? 2011/03/22 13:36:49 (permalink)
    In addition to that if you don't directly train your abs your body will become imbalanced and you risk injuries etc if your back dramatically overpowers your abs. My deep tissue massage therapist and I were discussing how lots of people avoid abs and it messes up their posture and a lot of other things. 
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    Re:Abs? Once or daily? 2011/03/22 14:00:16 (permalink)
    See my reply in other thread

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    Re:Abs? Once or daily? 2011/03/22 15:14:11 (permalink)
    jack87

    I beg to differ quite strongly, I would do direct ab work atleast 3 times per week, with 3 or so different exercises working with sets of 4 per exercise working up to 30-50 reps. Core strength increases overall strength, I never used to train abs and when I started doing them a lot my lifts all improved in a month or so dramatically. Go figure

     
    do you train your chest 3 times a week using 12 sets of 30-50 reps each time? Must be brutal brah

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    Re:Abs? Once or daily? 2011/03/22 16:08:43 (permalink)
    I train it 8 times a week 
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    Re:Abs? Once or daily? 2011/03/22 16:11:13 (permalink)
    sick life

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    Re:Abs? Once or daily? 2011/03/22 23:40:35 (permalink)
    i agree and disagree with some of the above comments but of course everyone is different and we have different recovery abilities etc. for me personally training abbs has helped with my lower back pain as years of heavy deadlifts n squats and lack of abb work took its toll through muscular imbalance. but now including abbs twice per week has made all the difference. I believe their like the calf muscles and recover quicker than most bodyparts so training them every 3 days is ok. i treat them like other muscle groups in the fact that i`ll use weight (not too heavy) and rep ranges between 10-15 , 6-8 sets per workout.

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    Re:Abs? Once or daily? 2011/03/23 00:32:47 (permalink)
    3 sets of crunches 20-25 reps job done.
     
    Although I also do 2-3 sets of leg raises.

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    Re:Abs? Once or daily? 2011/03/23 13:25:00 (permalink)
    if you want to increase your core strength outside of compound work, you need to work your abs like you would your lower back, or any other muscle group, i.e. under load. Doing a million sit-ups isn't going to be anywhere near as effective as a few sets of weighted crunches or rope pulldowns.

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    Re:Abs? Once or daily? 2011/03/26 09:45:27 (permalink)
    Just don't forget about the stomach vacuum technique, it's good anywhere and no matter what time of day. Alot of people seem to have forgotten about it though!

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    Re:Abs? Once or daily? 2011/03/26 10:55:35 (permalink)
    I would train your abs at least twice a week, crunches, side bends, jack knifes, leg raises.
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    Re:Abs? Once or daily? 2011/03/26 11:38:51 (permalink)
    Using the big compound lifts in your routine works the abs more than you would think, after a big dealifting or squatting session you should feel that they have been worked.........bit I like to add in a set or two of crunches or the plank is a great execise, as I feel that the abs is one of the area,s that I can squezee a little more work out of and still recover for the following session.
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