How Often Should You Work Out Your Abs?
So you are setting up a workout plan to build the 6-pack abs you have always dreamed of having, but you are not sure exactly how often you should work out your abs. The truth is, at the beginning, no one knows the answer to questions like this. The answers come from gaining experience, or turning to someone who has the experience to know the answer.
Overworking Your Abs Gets You Nowhere
Abs are just like any other muscle in your body. If you overwork them, you will never see results and you will always be in a miserable amount of pain. You must let them rest at regular intervals if you plan to develop a beautiful set of 6 pack abs that are perfectly defined.
To get the best results from your abdominal workout you should train your abs three times per week. Each time you work your abs, you should aim to do a variety of abdominal workouts and not just rely on crunches to provide the abs you are after.
Your ab workout should consist of:
- Cable wood chops
- Abdominal rollouts
- Jack Knives
- … and a variety of other exercises that focus solely on your abs
How the Rest of Your Training Program Can Help Your 6-Pack
The remaining portion of your workout regimen should consist of full body exercises that challenge your body as though it were one muscle. Understanding how your muscles work together can ensure that you develop the best possible definition.
Do Not Neglect Nutrition
The food you take in should compensate for the amount of pressure you put on your muscles. Working your muscles to their maximum without providing the necessary nutrition can cause injury and prevent you from achieving maximum results from your workout.
It is important that on the days you work out heavily, you take in a large amount of protein, healthy fats and healthy carbohydrates. This will make sure that you have enough energy to burn and enough protein to rebuild what you break down.
Where Most People Quit
The people who have the most difficult time achieving a well-defined set of 6-pack abs are those who are not genetically predisposed to have them. These are typically the people who give up right before they reach the perfect combination of exercise and diet.
It is important to fine tune your diet, and sometimes even visit a nutritionist in order to achieve the perfect balance of fat, protein and carbohydrates. For the majority of the population, getting 6-pack abs is a struggle. However, if the benefits of this struggle are worth it to you, you will fight the fight and you will prevail.
Balancing your diet is not easy and there are going to be bumps in the road. As long as you expect the road to fully defined abs and that amazing abdominal “V” to take work, calculating, adjusting and re-adjusting, you will see results 10 times faster than the gym rat that is expecting a 6-pack from doing 100 sit ups per day.