How Often Should You Workout Your Abs?

I have heard several answers to this question. All of them can be boiled down into two camps, the workout-your-abs-everyday camp and the treat-your-abs-like-any-other-muscle camp. I am of the treat-your-abs-like-any-other-muscle persuasion. What this means is that you need to give your muscles adequate time to recover before you work them out again. It is during your recovery period that your body builds muscle tissue. If you are constantly breaking down the muscle tissue, without allowing your body to recover, your body will not be able to increase the size and strength of your muscles.

So, how long does it take for your abs to recover after you work them out? That is the tough part of the question. There is no right answer that fits everyone and every situation. There are several factors that come into play. A couple of things to consider are how used to working out your body is and how intensely you workout your abs. If you are just starting to workout your abs, it will take you longer to recover than someone who has been working out for years. If you do an extremely intense ab workout, like the P90X Ab Ripper X routine, it will take you longer to recover than if you do a quick 2 minute ab routine.

You’re probably saying to yourself, “Thanks a lot, but this doesn’t answer my question. How am I supposed to know when I should workout my abs again?” Well, the best answer I can give you is to listen to your body. If you got a decent ab workout in, you should be a little sore the next day. This happens because you are breaking down your muscle tissue when you exercise. If you’ve done a good job of it, you’re going to feel it the next day. As you do the same exercises week after week, this soreness will be less severe (which may mean it’s time to step things up a notch). You can use this soreness to let you know when it’s time to workout your abs again. You don’t need to wait until the soreness is completely gone, but you should wait until it feels like it is starting to subside. Keep in mind that I’m not talking about massive amounts of pain here. The feeling in your muscles should tend more toward soreness than pain. If you are experiencing intense pain, it may be something you need to get checked out. In any case, you should be able to get a feel for it pretty quickly. Just allow your body to start feeling a little better before you go at it again.

For all you seasoned readers, how do you decide how often to workout your abs (or any other muscle group for that matter)? Leave a comment and give some advice to anyone who might be struggling to figure this out.


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One Response to “How Often Should You Workout Your Abs?”

  1. Great blog it’s not often that I comment but I felt you deserve it.

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