Best Time to Do Abs in a Workout?

The best time to train your abs is at the end of a workout.

Here’s a question that I get a lot: Is there a best time to train your abs in a workout?

The answer is yes.

First, consider that your abs work constantly - even when you’re engaging other muscles. Your abs fire while doing everything from squats to sprints to shoulder presses and so on. The core works to keep you stabilized and properly supported. Even when walking down the street, you’re using your abs.

Because your abdominal muscles are so important and because they assist in so many movements, it’s best to train your abs the end of your workout session.

If you train your abs at the start of your workout, on the other hand, they could become fatigued - and subsequent exercises may suffer. If your abs can’t assist in a dead lift, for example, you may be unable to lift as much weight. Or, even worse, your form may become compromised and injury could result. In situations like these, fatigued ab muscles can become a limiting factor for non-ab exercises - thereby hampering progress and results.

The bottom line: Save crunches, sit-ups and the like for the end of your workout session. Doing this ensures best results on non-abdominal exercises that require core support.

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  1. Hi Davey, I planned a workout where there’s one day for intensive abs training and after doing that, I run for about 40 minutes. It seems to work fine, should I keep doing that, or invert the order?

  2. Not saying you’re wrong, but I like to start with core exercises, including abs. I find it warms me up for the rest. I don’t find any fatigue factor, but I’m not working the weights as hard as you.

  3. Davey is quite correct. Your core is constantly engaged and it is essential that it is not fatigued ahead of lifting, regardless of the wieght lifted. It’s not just that it will impair your max lifts, but you increase the risk of serious injury.

  4. christopher says:

    save the abs for last-better for total recovery.

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  6. Hi! I started going to the gym 9 months ago. 3 months ago, after a physical evaluation, I was told to start doing abs first (with weights) in order to help me correcting some posture problems. According to the instructor, doing abs first would help me keeping a good posture for the rest of my workout.
    It worked really great: many of these problems are gone or at least much better, and I’ve even grown a centimeter (I’m pretty short… I’m 24 years old and 1,65m tall - around 5’5″).

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