The abdomen muscles are the muscles that everyone wants to be toned and shredded. whether it be because people want to have a nice beach body, or because they saw the abs on a hero from their favorite action film. These muscles look great when trained properly and are essential to building when you are attempting to look leaner.
What Are The Abs?
Abs is short for abdominal. When most people hear the word abs, they will often think of the six-pack muscles below the chest. Most people imagine that muscle as the abs, but the abdominal muscles are separated into a few different sections that are all important.
These sections are called the rectus abdominous, the internal obliques, external obliques, and the transverse abdominous. All of these muscles play an important part in your body and your overall health, to read more about these muscles and what they do click here.
How To Work The Ab Muscles
There are two popular methods of exercising to work the ab muscles. You could do rep-based workouts for three to four sets. But in my personal opinion, it is better to use a timer for a specific amount of time and do as many reps of an individual exercise in that time frame.
You can use all different types of ab workouts but you want to make sure to hit all of the abdominal muscles in these workouts and you can even switch up your workouts every session to make a fresh experience for each time you workout. I personally follow a routine that uses different exercises for specific days.
Some of my favorite ab workouts include:
- Decline Bench Sit-ups (Regular Sit-ups are great if you do not own or have access to a bench)
- Alternate Leg Raises
- Hanging Leg Raises
- Regular Crunches
- Twisting Crunch
- Oblique Crunches
That list contains amazing workouts for the abs, but there are plenty of other ab workouts that are just as effective that you can research and attempt for yourself if you would like to try something new or just would like to add more to your routine.
Should The Abs Be Worked out every day?
How hard can you or should you work these muscles? is it good to work them every day? Many people say that you can and some disagree. I have heard people who have been working out for years say that you can and should every day. But some research has shown a different answer.
Working out the abs too frequently can lead to various problems such as issues with posture and possible muscle imbalances read more here.
Other experts say that they are similar to other muscles and you should have a break between working out abs. The recommended amount is three times a week with at least forty-eight hours of rest. read more here.
Doing daily ab workouts is something that I have been doing for a while. But after writing this article and doing the research I am considering changing my ab routine. I now see that doing abs every day is not the greatest decision when it comes to the long term when taking into consideration the injury factor.
So should you work out abs every day? The answer put simply is no. The best way to train your abs is with hard work on a few days out of your week with rests, rather than every day. Many people say that rest is just as important as training. Risking the possible problems associated with overwork is not worth the grind.