I'm an early riser and I like to hit the gym before work every day (I lift after work). When I'm at the gym, I basically have two things on my to-do list:
-30 minutes of cardio (I tend to choose different machines from time to time)
-15-20 minutes of abs (exercises vary)
Then I read somewhere that cardio is the most efficient if it's performed every other day and that you should leave 48 hours between each ab workout.
I assume that this is, like many other fitness-related questions, answered differently depending on who you talk to... or is it? What do you guys think? Am I wasting my time by doing this every morning?
09-10-2008, 06:15 AM #1
- Join Date: Apr 2008
- Location: Oslo, Oslo, Norway
- Age: 33
- Stats: 5'10", 174 lbs
- Posts: 2,665
- Rep Power: 0
Is cardio+abs every day really bad?
Last edited by mariusjacobsen; 09-10-2008 at 06:20 AM.
09-10-2008, 06:16 AM #2
- Join Date: Aug 2005
- Location: Louisiana, United States
- Posts: 26,713
- BodyPoints: 33004
- Rep Power: 31157
09-10-2008, 06:25 AM #3
- Join Date: Feb 2008
- Location: Ohio, United States
- Age: 26
- Stats: 5'11", 155 lbs
- Posts: 118
- Rep Power: 98
just form personal exprience,I do cardio everyday..doesnt effect me in any negative way besides being really worn out after doing it heh,and the whole abs every other day thing idk,personally if your abs aint sore the next day do sum more ab exercises,that soreness is the breaking down and repair of muscle fibers
if it doesnt effect you negatively already I say keep doin it
so if you aint sore get up and do sum morebring the pain
09-10-2008, 07:02 AM #4
Depends on your goals.
If "fat" loss is your goal then "every day" cardio is A OK.
If you're goal is to build muscle and lose some fat simultaneously then you may want to back off the cardio daily so your energy reserves can be used to build muscle. Still do cardio but limit it to two or three times a week. Not every day.
On the abs front. If size is the goal then you will need rest days for growth. If you want highly conditioned/endurance type abs and size isn't an issue then do them everyday.
Again...It's all about goals.
09-10-2008, 07:04 AM #5
- Join Date: Oct 2004
- Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Stats: 5'11", 215 lbs
- Posts: 11,693
- BodyPoints: 4085
- Rep Power: 0