edit--i altered the title ^
i know this has been discussed tons of times in these forums, but i can't seem to find it using the search function. i really don't know what keywords to type in... i tried "abs" and "useless" and "pointless"... really didn't find much
now, i really have not worked my abs in over a year, but i might start training them again due to shoulder injuries... just to fill in the discrepencies in a new routine revised for my injuries. before i stopped, i used to train heavy though, heavy enough that i wouldn't get past 10 reps.
what i want to know is if it's practically useless to train the abs. i heard somewhere that it's a thin layer of muscle that's pretty much pointless to attempt to hypertrophy. if it's not worth it, i won't do it.
how about the obliques?
edit--to clarify, i would like to know if it is worth the effort to try to get the abdominals to hypertrophy. if i'm going to do so much work for very minimal results, it won't be worth it to me. any scientific research (articles etc) relating to abdominals and hypertrophy would be excellent.
Thread: abdominal exercises pointless?