Everyone wants a huge six-pack and everyone wants to increase body core strength, but should you do regular abs exercises every day to accomplish that goal? Some of the very most frequent questions I get about abs training are – “Can you work out abs every day“, or “Should I workout abs every day“? Conventional gym wisdom tells you the more abs exercises you do, the better.
The short answer to the first one question is yes, you can go for train your abs every day, but I don’t think or recommend you should train your abs every day.
Here are 5 Reasons NOT to work out your abs every day:
Work Out Abs Everyday Issue #1:
You don’t need to do all abs exercises to get a strong core or even a six-pack
Here’s powerlifter Ivan Stoitsov who purportedly does not do any abs exercises, yet he sports an impressive six-pack.
One big misconception about abs exercise is that you need to do abs exercises in order to get all six-pack or even a stronger core. You can have a very good impressive six-pack with a core as strong as steel by focusing on core, the compound of exercises like front squats with a barbell/dumbbell, dumbbell lunges, or other exercises like even polymeric push-ups to name a few. Another option is using of stabilization exercises like an advanced fly bird dog exercise that works not just your abs, but your body balance, lower back, and even arms and shoulders.
Work Out Abs Everyday Issue #2:
Frequently working abs can lead to posture problems
Just about everyone I’ve ever make consulted, or trained has moderate, to severe posture problems from a sedentary daily lifestyle. When you have a desk job, or need to simply sit down in a chair for a few hours, your both shoulders tend to rotate forwards side so that your body becomes hunched over.
What does doing a regular bunch of crunches every regular day do to this pre-existing problem? Well it makes us hunch over even more by forcing our abs muscles to tighten and shorten. Soon you may be looking like the hunchback of note dame! Stretching and foam rolling can help you to make correct rounded shoulders and improve posture, but working abs every day may only effect to make whatever posture problems you have worse.
Work Out Abs Everyday Issue #3:
Abs exercises never and don’t remove belly fat
The idea that show you can remove stubborn type body fat from one particular body part could be the very most prevalent myth in the body fitness industry. Certainly abs belts part and abs machines try to promote this idea of “spot reduction”, but doing regular abs exercise will not burn any more fat off your body. In fact, when someone asks me how to get a six pack, I tell them “don’t do any abs exercises!”. Getting a six-pack requires trend achieving a low level of mass body fat that has nothing to do with how many crunches, or abs exercises you do. Your time is much more better spent and preparing your meals, planning your meals, or focusing on core, compound exercises. Overall, traditional abs exercises like crunches are extremely overrated.
Work Out Abs Everyday Issue #4:
Working abs every day is inefficient
Having a six-pack is like the international sign of fitness, but working out abs every day is unnecessary.
Let’s say everyday you spend 10-20 minutes every day doing abs exercises. You could have spent all that time doing high intensity interval training, stretching, foam rolling, and a lot of other type fitness activities that would likely be A LOT more beneficial to your body and how it looks and feels. Spending daily 1 hour of your week working on one muscle group that is really a complex web of muscles is not a very good use of your time. My assumption about it is you are busy and you would rather spend that time hanging out with friends and enjoying your life!
A better approach would be to work out your abs intensely 2-3x per week using circuits to get a great abs workout in much less time, which is what I personally do. While your abs muscles are most likely comprised of resilient type 1 muscle fibers that can take a beating without getting sore, just like training other muscle groups, they tend to respond better to less frequent training. A similar muscle to abs that has type 1 muscle fibers is your calves, yet you don’t see people doing calves exercises every day!
Work Out Abs Everyday Issue #5:
Working abs every day can lead to muscle imbalances
Not only can working hard out abs every day lead to postural problems, but also muscle imbalances. Your body abs make complex, which is all your abs muscles are comprised of the rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus, internal obliques, and external obliques. If you do standard crunches 7 days a week for 300 reps, your rectus abdominus muscle (the six-pack muscle) is likely to get trained much more intensely than the other abs muscles. Doing a bunch of crunches daily does not necessarily translate into a strong abs, or a stable core.
Even worse, if you do get your rectus abdominus too strong relative to your other abs and lower back muscles, you may be more susceptible to injury.
While having nice all six pack abs is like the international sign of fitness, there are much more effective ways to work out your abs then to do a bunch of crunches every day!