When I first started weight training, I was told to do the abs as the last workout. Nowadays, sometimes, to break the boredom, I work on my abs before I start lifting weight. I know some people often train the abs before their workout.
So, which one is right, training abs before or after weight lifting?
Following are few reasons I could think of people train abdominal muscle before training other muscles:
- Just like calf, abs is a commonly neglected trained body parts. Knowing 6-pack is the best bosy part to have, some choose to work abs as the very first exercise with the highest priority.
- To get rid of the boredom, just like me, doing this once in a blue moon. Or as a way to boost confidence, like what Ryan Reynolds did before with 500 to 1000 sit-ups a day when he is preparing his role in Blade III movie.
Why You Should Train Your Abs After Workout?
Seriously, working abs first or later is fine as long as you still have sufficient core strength to safely finish your subsequent workout. However, for beginner to intermediate gym goers, I suggest you to working out your abs as your last workout.
Say, if you do 30 crunches followed by a doing squat, you will find that your performance during squat will be affected. Similar with bench press, I never work out my triceps before I do bench press. So, yes, for most people, abs workout at the beginning of workout may compromise your core strength. Your abs is one of the key muscles to stabilize your torso. My main concern is that you may get injured, especially your lower back, due to bad form after your core muscle is fatigued.
Also, the other reason you should incorporate your abs work into your cool down is that it is nice to lie down after all the hard work.
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