How Many Minutes for Abdominal Workouts Per Day?

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Abdominal workouts need to be limited in duration, just like any other workout. Discover the best way to work your abs with the help of a certified personal trainer in this free video.

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Hi, this is Jason Morgan with Muscleworx Fitness in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. Today, we are going to discuss the proper time for an abdominal workout. Your abdominal muscles are just like any other muscle. They need a rest period as well. So, you are not going to do bench presses everyday. You are not going to do squats everyday, so you shouldn't be doing crunches everyday either. The purpose of working a muscle whether it be in the gym or at home is that you are creating little micro tears in the muscle. The muscles actually build through the rest and the nutrition outside of the gym. In the gym, you are tearing that muscle down. Outside the gym is when that muscle is built. Then, as you build muscle, you're going to increase your core expenditure throughout the course of the day, allowing your body to release more fat, hence showing that elusive six pack that everybody seeks. So, that six pack is kind of the end all holy grail of the fitness world. Treat your abdominal area, your abdominal routine, just like any other portion of your fitness routine. If you are doing three exercises for your biceps at, you know, 12 or 15 repetitions, that actually may transfer over to your abdominal workout as well and provide plenty, so long as you're providing adequate resistance. You don't want to be in the gym, you know, doing hundreds of sit-ups and hundreds of crunches, and hundreds of leg lifts, because you just run into a time factor. You should be able to get through an abdominal workout in five to 15 minutes just depending on what your focus is. I would say, on average, about 10 minutes will give you a good abdominal workout. You have to remember that, that your heavy compound movements, and just the simple act of using resistance training, you should be working your abs through every exercise anyway. You have to hold your core tight. All your strength comes from your core. So, if you are doing body, you know, barbell squats, your body is stabilized through your abdominal region, through that core, so you don't need, you know, 30 or 40 minute ab routines. Matter of fact, if you look back, most of your ab routines, on fitness DVDs and such, are eight or ten minutes long. Follow these recommendations, and you'll have a nice set of abs.

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