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Should You Train Abs Everyday ? – The Truth

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When it comes to getting 6 pack abs many have the misconception that if you train them hard enough everyday and do enough sit-ups it will magically pop out over the layer of fat covering your midsection, but the truth is that just because you workout your abs everyday is doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the most effective way to achieve a solid 6 pack.

Your abdominal muscles is just like every other muscle in your body, meaning if your body fat percentage is too high you will never be able to see your muscles because you have a layer of fat covering the cuts. Therefore, your body fat percentage must be around the 7-10% range for men and 15-20% range for women for you to see your abs. Although the fastest way to get a 6 pack would be too lean down, if you do train your abs effectively they’ll become more developed so that you won’t have to lose as much fat making it easier for you to get a 6 pack.

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This is where effective ab training comes in and for most people working the abs around 3 times a week is sufficient, not everyday. If you’ve ever heard the saying “less is more” that is exactly what bodybuilding is about because your muscles actually respond better to less frequent training. Obviously you should still hit every muscle group twice a week, but with your abs since it’s comprised of resilient type 1 muscle fibers you can train them 3 times a week. Now that you understand why training your abs everyday isn’t the best way to get a 6 pack here is a routine you can follow to help you gain the size and definition you’ve always wanted:

Reverse Crunch

This reverse crunch targets your lower abs. When performing this exercise remember to keep your feet pointed out and together, your knees also together and the gap between your hamstring/calves must be as tight as possible. Ensure your hands are flat on the surface and make sure to press down with your hands as this will activate your lower abs much more.

4 Sets 12-15 Reps

1 Minute 30 Second Rest Inbetween Each Set

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Toe Touches

These will hit your upper abs hard, to do this just keep your feet up in the air and reach for your toes.

4 Sets 12-15 Reps

1 Minute 30 Second Rest Inbetween Each Set

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Plank

A regular plank that works your entire abs and your entire core. The reason why it’s called a plank is because you’re going to keep your body as straight as a plank/board during the whole exercise. Put your elbows on the surface and your legs out straight, ensure that you do not drop your butt down as that will put a lot of pressure on your lower back.

3 Sets, 45 Seconds Each Set

1 Minute Rest Inbetween Each Set

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Remember when it comes to getting those washboard abs the first thing you must do is to lose fat and lean down, once you combine that with an effective ab routine done 3 times a week you’ll get the results that you want.

If you have anymore questions about working out your abs then leave a comment below.

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