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muscle_g
05-20-2013, 02:57 PM
How often does everyone here do ab work? Every day? Just on lower days? Do you think abs need an effciant amount of recovery time just as any other muscle does, like hit them hard once or twice a week then rest them?

ScottYard
05-20-2013, 05:00 PM
I like 2x per week for 12-16 sets each. Ive hit my best squat and dl lifts doing that.

krazylarry
05-20-2013, 09:08 PM
I used to never do them, until my gym got a new Mauy thai coach. Now its at least 200 a day. Today was 400 (morning and night class), and I still dont have a 6 pack...

Judas
05-21-2013, 05:08 AM
Never. Olympic lifting, with all its various assistance (OLympic squats, deads, pulls) are more than enough. Even if i wasn't Olympic lifting while i powerlifted, i'd still skip the ab work and stick with front squats for core (Olympic style only, and no belt). I think the last time i had actual ab work in my split was about 6 years ago.

If i'm training others that dont O-lift at all i'll throw in some ab work twice a week to keep them happy, but they'll still do front squats.

Jonathan E
05-21-2013, 07:41 PM
I used to never do them, until my gym got a new Mauy thai coach. Now its at least 200 a day. Today was 400 (morning and night class), and I still dont have a 6 pack...

75% (if not more) of it is diet.

kingns
05-22-2013, 12:04 AM
Do them on both lower body days, heavy. 4x5-8. Before bed crunches and side crunches, 20 reps each. It's made a big difference for me. Used to neglect them big time.

muscle_g
05-22-2013, 04:26 AM
I usally do abs 2x a week on my SQ/DL day and again on my Back day

theBarzeen
05-23-2013, 05:41 PM
strong abs make for big deadlifts

2x a week