How Often Should You Work Your Abs & The Best Ab Equipment

To Sara of Fit by Sara: “I’ve read your posts and understand that I need to eat “leaner” and up my cardio routine to reduce my body fat, but how often do you recommend that I work my abs?”

“Yay!  You’ve got it! You’re absolutely right, abdominal definition comes from low body fat which is the result from the way you eat and exercise.  If you are doing exercises that work your core and waist such as yoga, pilates, or kickboxing consistently 3-4 times per week, you do not need to do a single abdominal crunch.  At the same time if you do core workouts such as yoga, pilates, and it won’t hurt to do additional ab work a couple days per week.  However, if you do exercises that don’t use the core much such as walking, swimming, or running, I suggest you add abdominal crunches- 2-3 sets of 10 slow, 10 pulse, 10 slow to your workouts 3-4 x per week. Besides being esthetically appealing, a strong core equals less low back pain.”-Sara Holliday MFT, CPT

To Sara of Fit by Sara: “What is the best abdominal equipment to flatten my stomach?”

 “I have good news and I have bad news.  The good news is you don’t need any fancy equipment to flatten your abdominals.  The bad news is it takes more than doing abdominal crunches to get flat abs.  The key to flat abs is eating healthy (i.e., cut back on processed foods, white flour foods, chips, cookies, and sodas), and up your cardio.  Cardiovascular exercise such as walking, swimming, biking, aerobics, etc. will burn calories and reduce body fat.  Then add in the good ole abdominal crunches 3-4 x per week or yoga and/ or pilates and you’ll start to see flattening of the abdominals.  So you don’t need any equipment, just work on reducing body fat. Once you reduce body fat you’ll start seeing abdominal flattening and definition.” -Sara Holliday MFT, CPT

Sara Holliday MFT, CPT is a licensed marriage-family therapist, fitness professional, wife and mom of two with a passion for helping moms to get fit and feel great inside and out. For more information about her weight loss coaching programs and products visit:, email [email protected] or call 800-568-3820.


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