So, you are interested in developing your abs and core muscles, huh? That’s genuinely awesome! I was in the same position as you not too long ago. With so much information on the internet, much of it contradicting each other, it can be difficult to know what you can and cannot do with your personal training.
I’m not saying you should trust me, but I would like to share my experience with you in the hopes of answering the question: Can you work out abs every day?
Yes! Of course, you can work out your abs and core muscles every day if you want to. I have trained my abs for 110 days in a row, and I continue to train them. If a formerly obese, non-athlete like myself can do it without hurting myself, anyone can do it.
So, my experience thus far seems to show that it can be done. But just because it can be done, there are other factors to consider if your goal is to get that sext 6 pack that you have always dreamed about.
Let’s explore my results during the 110 days to see what worked, what didn’t work, and how you might have an even more successful experience that me…
What Does My Ab Workout Look Like?
I jokingly implied above that trusting me comes at your own risk. I am not a personal trainer nor a physical therapist. I am well aware of these limitations. To compensate for this, I found someone who I do trust to give me strong and safe fitness advice.
That person is Jeff Cavaliere at ATHLEAN-X. I have followed him for years, and I chose his 22 Day Ab Workout (NO REST!!!) to be my daily ab work out routine. It’s easy to remember, I can do it almost anywhere, and it gets progressively more difficult over time. That’s perfect for a long-term training plan such as this one.
To learn more about the specific details of this ab workout, read my very first post which I published after my first 22 days of training: Can You Get Abs in 22 Days with ATHLEAN-X? (Honest Results) You can (and should) also click the link above to watch the workout yourself on YouTube.
The Results after 110 Days of Training My Abs
The workout I chose was designed to be 22 days long. That’s to make sure that we perform it consistently enough to develop it into a habit. Very clever, Mr. Cavaliere. Very clever, indeed! Well, it worked for me. These are the dates of each round of the workout I performed:
- Round 1: Jul. 30, 2019 – Aug. 20, 2019 (22 days)
- Round 2: Jul. 30, 2019 – Sep. 11, 2019 (44 days)
- Round 3: Jul. 30, 2019 – Oct. 8, 2019 (71 Days* / 66 days)
- Round 4: Jul. 30, 2019 – Oct. 30, 2019 (93 Days / 88 days)
- Round 5: Jul. 30, 2019 – Nov. 21, 2019 (115 Days / 110 days)
I’m not going to try and hide it or manipulate the dates… I did miss 5 days in a row during the 3rd round. While I rarely get sick, I came down with something nasty and it knocked me out for 5 days.
Instead of trying to be tough and fight through it, I figured it would be more prudent to listen to my body, rest, and recover completely before continuing my abs training. That’s exactly what I did, and I am glad I did it. It allowed me to recover more quickly and to perform quality work outs instead of giving it a poor effort. Abs are great, but my health is a more important priority.
It’s also important to consider my weight at each stage of the 110 days:
- Day 1: 187.4 lbs. (85.2 kgs.)
- Day 22: 185.7 lbs. (84.4 kgs.)
- Day 44: 187.4 lbs. (85.2 kgs.)
- Day 66: 187.2 lbs. (85.1 kgs.)
- Day 88: 185.2 lbs. (84.2 kgs.)
- Day 110: 185.7 lbs. (84.4 kgs.)
My weight has stayed pretty stable over the last 110 days. In total, I have lost 1.8 lbs. (0.8 kgs.). If my goal were strictly weight loss, that would have been a major disappointment. Fortunately for me, I have already lost about 110 lbs. (50 kgs.), so maintaining my weight and strategizing a body recomposition is ideal for me.
The relative lack of weight change is also important to note because it means that the changes you will see in the before and after pictures comes from hard work, daily training, and eating a diet which matched my caloric needs to maintain my weight. The results are not from binge dieting, fad diets, or anything silly like that.
Without any further ado,
Here Are the Before and After Photos from Each Round:
Here Are the Before and After Photos from Day 1 to Day 110:
When I look at the two pictures side-by-side, I see very different midsections:
- I look thinner after 110 days, despite only losing 1.8 lbs.
- My muffin tops are smaller than they were when I started.
- My core just looks stronger and fitter.
- My core looks less soft and round… almost flatter.
- If you look just right, you can see two upper abs beginning to pop out.
- My obliques are growing, with lines beginning to show in my lower abs and sides.
It is not a visible 6 pack… yet… but it is a big improvement. The best part is that it is only the beginning! I will continue to train my abs every day indefinitely, and I look forward to seeing my body change and to learning more about abs training in general.
With that in mind, here are some time I have picked up so far that might serve you well.
Tips from Me to You
Many things went well during these 110 days. Some things could have been improved. I would like to share all of this with you should you decide to begin training your abs every day.
- You can train them every day, so start with confidence!
- You will feel pain during the first few days. After that, the pain goes away.
- Training every day is actually pretty easy once you develop the habit of doing it.
- My training worked best when I did it first thing in the morning. The longer I waited, the less likely I was to want to hit the floor and train.
- Training is easy; diet and nutrition is more difficult!!!
- If you want to see your abs, you need to get your body-fat percentage down.
- Looking at the pictures above, I find that I looked my best when I weighed the least… just sayin’!
- You cannot out-train a poor diet.
- Proper nutrition and daily exercise together get the best results.
- Spend as much time thinking about the food you put into your body as you do training your body.
And that’s about it for this update. Be sure to check back again for the results after 132 days and beyond…
Fat, Broke and Stupid YouTube Video
Want to see more of this hot-bod of mine?!? Check out the YouTube video I made where I review the results after 110 days. The best part is, you will see some video of me spinning around to get the full picture of how my body has changed!
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Learn More About This Challenge
Click here to visit my 22 Day Ab Workout (NO REST!) page. There you will be able to see all of the results photos from every round of this abs training workout. You will also get access to all of the articles and YouTube videos I have made about this challenge, plus more…