Should situps be spaced out in the same manner as lifting weights?

Unity

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#1
I'm curious: should sit-ups be done every morning/evening, or should they be every day in the way we don't do weight lifting for arms two days in a row? Do the abdomen muscles need the same allocated growth times?
 

Babe_Ruth

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#2
For me it's always the last thing I'll do after working out. I usually take the medicine ball and do 100 sit ups without stopping, then I'll go to a free weight machine, tie a strap around my ankles, add 10 lbs lie down flat on the ground and do a set of fifteen(but I lift my legs instead of my upper body.

Afterwards I'll grab the "sit up bench"(I just call it that because I don't know the real name, it's where you can lie down on incline and wrap your legs around a pad) take a 45lbs weight and do as many sit-ups as I can(do three sets, one minute-two rest in between.)

Hopefully that wasn't very confusing, it's hard to write it down, then showing lol.
 

Major

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#3
I've heard that abdominal muscles recover a lot more quickly than other muscle groups and you can work them out pretty much everyday.
 

ysabel

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#4
I've heard that abdominal muscles recover a lot more quickly than other muscle groups and you can work them out pretty much everyday.
When I compare my arms and ab muscles, this is true for me.

I do know some who'd do both daily without being sore. Maybe their body is used to it?
 

Unity

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#5
I've just wanted to work them into my routine when I'm at home. I do some workouts that work the area when I'm at the gym, but I think i could do more for the 'ol gut.

I could start at every other day to be safe, but I'll wait and see what others here have to say!
 

Gavik

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#6
1) If you're worried about ab fat, go running. Working your abs will only build muscle that pushes the fat further out. You won't get any definition either.

2) Sit-ups are way over rated. There are tons of better exercises to work your abs.
 

Babe_Ruth

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#8
Sit-ups are way over rated. There are tons of better exercises to work your abs.
I agree and disagree with you, I do about ten different ab excercises, but I do not think that sit-ups are over rated. If you do about 500 a day, 250 in the morning and 250 during the night on a day to day basis then you'll eventually get definition.

If you only do 50 a day it won't do much.
 

Unity

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#9
I agree and disagree with you, I do about ten different ab excercises, but I do not think that sit-ups are over rated. If you do about 500 a day, 250 in the morning and 250 during the night on a day to day basis then you'll eventually get definition.

If you only do 50 a day it won't do much.
Thanks for the input, Biz. Good to hear some numbers.
 

Shwa

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#10
"Basic sit-ups" as floor ones that you do are essential for at least toning the selected area that you're working out. I do agree they should be spaced out like BR has stated, just split them routine up by morning and night or just a couple of hundred.

Sit up's are easy itself, but depending on the kind you do to work out the abdominals, there are always strains the occure.

~Shwa