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14 Aug 2007

abs
Hi

How often should i do crunshes? I gym every 4th day (Monday, Thursday, Sunday etc.) with other words two days rest in between. I also do my abs like that.

Now someone told me i need to do abs more often, actually every day! But i'm thinking this cant be. i do 3 sets of 15 reps.

so what is best approach? should i keep on the way i'm doing or what? i dont think i would be able to recover that quickly to do it every day or so.

thanks
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Abs

Depends, what are you doing them for? If you're doing the crunches to try to lose weight around the stomach, that's probably not the greatest way to go about it, and I'd say don't worry about doing more. Even if you're trying to devleop strength, you're probably on the right track - you can afford to do abs more than others, because the muscle is made to be active all the time, so it's pretty fatigue resistant, but I get the feeling your goal is to get a six pack and definition, and then if that's the case, there are other things you might want to do first, because crunches alone are probably not the best.

The specific exercises for the area in question have a relatively minor role, other than that they are responsible for developing the muscle in the area, which creates the appearance of being toned. That's obviously what you want, but you have to realise that you can't do the toning and specific work first and neglect the cardio - it has to work the other way around, cardio first, toning second. So focus on cardio, then on toning.

Diet is also very crucial, and if it's not 100% it will undermine any exercise benefits. So the best thing is to see a dietician or follow a very good diet plan. Just remember that low kilojoule is not necessarily better - too low causes problems as well, because it causes the body's metabolic rate to drop and that affects your ability to lose weight in the future. So don't try to starve yourself or go overboard, rather eat sensibly, cut out as much fat as you can, and listen to your body.

Good luck
Ross
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