From being a P90X coach for over a year and a half, I get a ton of repeat questions. One of the most common questions I get is “Should I do Ab Ripper X every day?” For some reason, society has brainwashed people into thinking that the more ab exercises you do, the better. I’m here to break the news and tell you that washboard abs are not gotten from working the abs every day. Instead, they come from a healthy diet and occasional ab workouts.
First, I want to write a little Ab Ripper X Review. Before P90X, I used to do crunches all the time, sometimes every day in the gym. Howevever, I only did a few exercises, which mostly focused on the upper abs, occasionally the lower abs, and never the obliques. I really had no idea how to get obliques until I discovered Ab Ripper X. ARX, or Ab Ripper X for short, is by far the most intense ab routine that I have done. It involves 15 minutes of continuous work of the entire core, and by the end you will be hunched over from that burning sensation in your midsection. I’m not going to lie, it’s super tough, and it will take you quite a while to make it through the entire workout. The best advice that I can give is to complete the entire workout and all the reps, even if you have to pause it 20 times!
So why shouldn’t you do ab exercises every day? Well, your ab muscles are just like every other muscle in your body and need rest after training. It’s good to give each muscle group 48 hours to heal before working them again. Now you might be asking, “Will doing ab workouts every other day get me a 6 pack?” The answer is no. Most people don’t understand the importance of a healthy diet in getting those ripped abs! The reason it’s important to eat healthy is because you have to lose the fat around the midsection in order to see the abs. Many people already have great abs, but are covered in a thin layer of body fat. Eat healthy and do your ab workouts and you will finally see that 6 pack!