Can you train arms and abs together?

You wonder if you can train arms and abs together? Do these two muscle groups fit into one training session or should you train them on different days? After reading this article you will know if you can train arms and abs on the same day, what are the advantages and disadvantages and what you should pay attention to.

The abdominal muscles are already worked by basic exercises such as deadlifts, squats and bench press. Doing additional abdominal exercises in arm training allows you to train them again and in a more targeted way. Depending on how intense the abdominal workout is designed, the abdominal muscles may still be exhausted the next day. If this is the case, you can put the arm and abdominal workout before a workout-free day.


With abdominal exercises, you can train the upper, lower and side abdominal muscles more specifically than with basic exercises. In addition, the abdominal muscles are trained more frequently with this combination: First through basic exercises for legs, back, chest and shoulders and later again with arm training. It’s also convenient because biceps and triceps don’t require much training volume, so there’s still room for a few abdominal exercises. Abdominal exercises you can do in arm training include crunches, leg raises and criss cross.


The only case where it can have negative effects is if you do a lot of abdominal exercises in the arm workout. If your abs are exhausted the following day and you do deadlifts or squats, you might have performance issues because all of these exercises require core stability. The abdominal muscles are among the muscles that regenerate the fastest, so this usually only occurs with a very high volume of training. However, if this is the case, you should place arm and abdominal training before a non-training day.


By adding abdominal exercises to your arm workouts, you can work your abs more frequently, in addition to engaging them in basic exercises in other workouts. With isolation exercises you can train upper, lower and lateral abdominal muscles more specifically than with basic exercises. While the abdominal muscles regenerate relatively quickly, you should adjust the training schedule to the intensity of the abdominal workout. If your abs are exhausted the next day, you should schedule your arm and abdominal workouts before a non-training day.

Did this article help you plan your workout? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments, I look forward to exchanging ideas with you. If you have any other questions about arm and ab training, feel free to ask me there as well, I’m happy to help!

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