Training Abs Everyday/recovery

Excuse me

Yeah of late, i have been training my abs again, because i started neglecting them. Because, when i was in the sauna, someone mentioned to me, what happened to your mid section, then i relised.

But for the past week, i have been doing afew exercise.

Which consist of

Sit Ups 4sets 80rep

Oblique sit Ups 2sets of 30rep

I understand that the make up of the muscle is, red Fibers/slow twitch, and High reps is the best way to train them. Also the abs, can recover very fast, compared to other muscle groups.

So i was wondering, is working them everyday ok, is this fine, or is it just me.

I mean, i enjoy working them. I know that there has been a topic on abs, before, but i don’t know if that topic talked about recovery.

Because its low intensity, high reps, Not that much stress on Cn’s, Central Nervous system, which a sprinter should limit, you should pick a chose, when your gonna stress you Cn’s. You don’t want to waste your time on, weighted abs, would’nt you want to sprint more, squat.

can i do abs’ everyday.

Back in college and in the winter, i use to, have two weight plates, both weighing 5kg. 10kg in total, 20pounds.

I would hold them both, in a separate hand, put my finger threw the whole in the weight, and cross them over my chest.

I would do sets of 60rep,and twists. Ridcousliy, i mean don’t want to brag. Even when I don’t train my abs, they where still in affect, I don’t want to site here and tell stories.

in total 500repittions, but i would take one day recovery, because they where weighted.

I don’t want to do weighted abs no more. Listen i know it’s not gonna dramatically improve sprinting on the track.

It goes further than that.


You can work them 5-6 days per week with reps ranging from 300-1000. Take a full day to rest from all physical exercise. Try to vary the exercises you do though. Do you own the GPP Essentials ?? There are a tonn of different exercises you can do. Also, there is a thread here on the site with some of those exercises listed with animations. Med-Ball Exercise Animations

Yes thankyou i will workout, 6days, and one day recovery.

I don’t use a medicine ball, just bodyweight.

I don’t have any of the GPP stuff.

thank you

We actually have a very intense workout that I recently filmed with Charlie. Trust me when I say this, its intense. Charlie takes you to the limit of intensity with this med ball workout (its simply extreme).

You’ll get more done in 15 minutes with this program than many others you’re problably used to. The “athlete” is a professional banker (average person, but in very good shape) and he was melting after a few minutes…I was melting just watching this.

I should have it ready for download shortly, I’ve just got some finishing touches to put on it.

I can’t wait…


hmmmm i will buy a med ball tommorow if i have enough money.

I have to pick up My Protien, and afew other suppliements.

I would like to see this workout.

thank you

When is this download gonna be up?

Rupert keeps us in suspense… I love Rupert! :wink:

OK, Before we lead you astray. It’s TOUGH but it is not going to fry your nervous system. I want you to see this to clarify the high/low concept. You can do this during the low intensity day because low intensity is a nervous system criteria and not a muscular criteria and DOES NOT EQUAL GOOFING OFF!

What is the goal/purpose of this training? I haven’t seen it so I can’t comment…
We do a variation of tempo with medball with bball kids (various passes) — see the Tempo Solution for BBall thread — and the puls in recovery was around 26-30bp10sec --or 156-180bpm! Pretty tough after a couple of initial runs… but still considered LO and done on LO days

It’s for core training. You’re right that the heart rate can go very high and still keep you in the low intensity zone

great to hear about the new vid :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

MRCool: It seems that you are training your abs to look well also :wink:

Keep in mind that a good balance of the core is important.

There is a simple way to test the “functional” strenght of your abs — it is called Leg Lowering Test! I found that most of “gym rats” that do a ton of ab curls and none compund lifts CAN’T do it, while me that don’t do any curls, sometimes only McGill core stability exercises and a ton of compund freeweight stuff can!

Test procedure:
Lie on your back, arms crossed at chest. Back Flat on the floow. Lift your legs extended vertically. Back flat all the time. Now, while trying to keep back flat on the floor, slowly lower the legs down to ground (for about 10secs). If your lower back start to lift of (depends where), then your hip flexors are stiffer-stronger than your abs, so flexors pull the the pelvic into aterior tilt while your abs are not able to prevent it. You can find more on this ob the following articles:

Here is one interesting quote from running coach, Marshall Burt regarding HR monitoring in training (altought this is out of topic, but it is related to your post and it is pretty “powerfull” quote)

That’s a bullshit test. All that tells you is how long your legs are! If you are a sprinter with long legs, you automatically flunk. if you’re a dwarf gymnast, you pass with flying colours. So what!

As long as you have a heartrate, you’re ok!

No disrespect intended, but aren’t the forces on the abs during sprinting related to leg length? e.g. the dwarf with shorter legs wouldn’t need as much ab strength?

Low intensity training includes doing sit ups and ab work.
Recovery does not always mean a day off with no training.
Days off are nice but rare for elite athletes but that does not mean days off with zero work is bad.
Devices are cool to use but it’s also a good idea to learn how you feel when you are at your best and worst.
Remember that low intensity for one is high intensity for another as part of it has to do with where your training is and has been.