So far this week, we’ve featured a push-up challenge, a squat challenge, and a burpee challenge. Today, we’re doing a 500-repetition core challenge with Maddie Lymburner from MadFit. The last three days of challenges have worked the core as a secondary part of the exercise, but this routine targets all parts of the abdominal wall.
Some ask whether it’s okay to work your core every day. The answer is nuanced, according to Livestrong.com:
More isn’t always better. Generally speaking, … most people shouldn’t do ab workouts more than six times a week. Not only do your abs need a break, but so does the rest of your body. Without at least one rest day per week, you aren’t giving your body a fighting chance to recover from the workouts you put it through.
And beginners — or even intermediate exercisers — should probably stick to two or three ab workouts a week…..
Plus, if you perform compound lifts, rotational movements and overhead exercises, you already get a pretty darn good ab workout every time you train. So, the short answer is yes: You can train abs in some way, shape or form every single day — assuming you’re healthy and injury-free.
If you’ve done the last three days of challenges all in a row, your core got some serious work. You might want to skip this one until tomorrow. Listen to your body and don’t overdo it.
For those who are game, here’s your 500 rep core challenge.