Ab Training And Gaining Quality Muscle Mass
Hey, my name is Mitch and I am 18.
I am about 190 lbs and I'm 6' 2-1/2''. I've been lifting since I was a freshman and I live in a small town with a small gym, so I'm very limited with my exercises, but I'm glad to say that I've become much stronger and bigger from lifting.
If I'm doing ab workouts, will that limit me on gaining weight and muscle when I go off to college with a bigger gym.
Thanks for the great question.
You see, ab exercises has always been associated with losing weight/body fat and never really associated with gaining quality muscle mass.
Traditional weight loss thinking meant that if you wanted to lose weight and body fat, that meant you had to do a lot of cardio and a ton of sit ups each and every day.
Of course, when it comes to losing weight, we immediately think of getting smaller.
So, by associating ab work with losing weight, we immediately think that we will automatically get smaller by doing more ab work. Not true.
I'm here to say that ab work won't make you lose weight or stop you from gaining muscle mass. In fact, ab work (which is often referred to as core work) will actually help you gain strength and stability.
Think of it like this. What's the difference between your abs and chest? Besides the point that there different muscle groups, they are both made up of muscle tissue.
However, you have to think of your abs the same way you'd think about your chest. They are prone to overtraining and must be trained like any other muscle group. Training abs twice a week with two to three exercises twice per week is plenty. Remember, train them like any other body part and you'll start seeing the results you're looking for.
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