Despite popular believe, you need to rest your abs the same as you would rest any other muscle. I’m not sure why we believe we should work abs everyday when it’s widely accepted that we don’t work other muscles everyday.
The abs are structured similarly to any other major muscle in the body. The rectus abdominis (the six pack muscle) contains equal amounts of fast-twitch (strength) and slow-twitch (endurance) fibers — similar to the composition in arms and thighs.
Training the same muscle group back to back may impede the very result you’re striving for. Muscles tissue is broken down while working out. During rest your body starts repairing the damaged tissue and it’s this process that builds muscle tone.
Train your core three times a week and allow 24-48 hours rest between workouts. (Your core is not just your abs. It is the part of the body that stretches from your lower pec’s to your upper thighs). If you work your abs intensely, daily training is not required.
We also need to focus on diet. You can train hard and develop awesome muscles, but if there’s a layer of fat covering the muscle the definition is hidden. Eat a healthy diet of whole, unprocessed foods; limit sugar, control portions & drink lots of water.
Here’s to you being happy, healthy, lean and fit!