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    How often should i work out abs?

    i keep getting different answers to this question. To get really cut developed abs how often should I work them out? i have been told every day, i have heard every other day, i have heard once a week just like any other muscle? can someoen give me clarification? i know it also takes cardio and good nutrition but just wanted to know how may times a week i should work them out? Also how many sets total per ab workout? thank you!
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    I really believe it depends on the person but still, everyday is not going to help you. I have done mine 2 times a week for 2 years now and got great results. Use some weights though as you progress. 1000 crunches will not do much of anything
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    Only way to get them to show and make them look nice is low body fat round the mid section. And for training you wouldn't work any other muscle group everyday would you? 2-3 times a week is just fine.
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    2 times max, but you can work them 3 times max depending on intensity, stress duration, etc.

    Just work them like every other muscle in your body.
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    Originally Posted by AFXC1 View Post
    2 times max, but you can work them 3 times max depending on intensity, stress duration, etc.

    Just work them like every other muscle in your body.
    So I should work my chest like I work my calves, high reps and low weight?

    Dumb DK is dumb, your argument is invalid.
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    Originally Posted by AFXC1 View Post
    2 times max, but you can work them 3 times max depending on intensity, stress duration, etc.

    Just work them like every other muscle in your body.
    i dont agree with this

    i think that forearms, calves and abs can and should be worked more often and with higher number of reps
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    i say work the abs 2 times a week 1st day train high reps and 2nd day low reps with weights and make sure your getting enough cardio to expose the masterpiece
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    A better question is how many sets per week.

    2 sets a day for 3x a week is not the same as 10 sets a day for 2x a week.

    I do 10-12 sets a week spread out over 3 days.
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    Originally Posted by fit9911 View Post
    i keep getting different answers to this question. To get really cut developed abs how often should I work them out? i have been told every day, i have heard every other day, i have heard once a week just like any other muscle? can someoen give me clarification? i know it also takes cardio and good nutrition but just wanted to know how may times a week i should work them out? Also how many sets total per ab workout? thank you!
    I have most recently been doing them every four days or so:
    -4 sets of 20 with decline reverse crunches, kicking on the way up and bringing my legs down straight and slowly
    -3 sets of 10-12 with 120-130 pounds on the ab crunch machine
    -3 sets to failure with reverse crunches

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    Trust Scooby

    check out scoobysworkshop it all depends on what kind of abs your trying to get
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    honestly you're gonna keep getting different answers to this question because every single person is different and reacts differently to all types of different stimuli. i personally work my abs every single day during a contest prep, whereas other guys i know only work them 1 or 2 times a week. during my off-season i do hit my abs at least 2 to 3 times a week to keep my core strong and tight.
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    You only need to work your abs at most 2-3 times a week to start seeing great results.

    When you exercise though pick exercises that target your upper, lower and side abdominal muscles.

    Also as other's have said doing ab exercises alone will not get you a six pack -- but having a low body fat count so they can stand out.

    So work on ways to get a lower body fat % and pick compound ab exercises that target all there areas of your mid section.
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    I do 10 sets once per week, 5 sets upper 5 sets lower, and I'll directly work obliques every other week. Seeing significantly better results than when I did then 2-3 times a week. They get hit pretty hard during DLs and squats I feel. So I guess I'm technically still hitting them 3 times a week, whether it's direct or not.
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    I train abs before almost every workout, but is it the answer for you? Probably not, because everyone's body respond differently. The best advice I can give is: There is no right or wrong answer to this question, train them hard, diet hard and if you want them bad enough, they will come in time! It's as simple as that...
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    i train abs 2x a week like i do most muscle groups -- 1 day i do weighted ab moves like decline crunch, other day i do high rep crunches
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