Can you train chest and abs together?

You wonder if you can train chest 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 chest and abs on the same day, what are the advantages and disadvantages and what you should pay attention to.

Abdominal muscles are already worked by chest exercises like bench press. Doing additional abdominal exercises in chest training allows you to target upper, middle and lower abs. Depending on how intense the abdominal workout is designed to be, the abdominal muscles may still be exhausted the next day. If this is the case, you can put the chest and abdominal workout before a workout-free day.


The abdominal muscles, just like the lower back, are already worked by basic exercises such as bench presses. Still, you can do isolation exercises for the abs in addition to chest exercises. With abdominal exercises you can train the upper, lower and lateral abdominal muscles more specifically than with bench presses. Abdominal exercises you can do in chest workout 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 chest workout. If your abs are exhausted the following day and you do deadlifts, squats, or rowing, you could have performance issues because all of these exercises require core stability. The abdominal muscles are among the muscles that regenerate the fastest, which means that this usually only occurs with a very high volume of training. However, if this is the case, you should place chest and abdominal training before a non-training day.


Although the abdominal muscles are already stressed by chest exercises like bench press and their visibility depends on the diet, it makes sense to do additional abdominal exercises. With isolation exercises you can train upper, lower and lateral abs 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 chest and abdominal workouts before a non-training day.

Did this article help you plan your workout? Feel free to share your experience in the comments, I look forward to exchanging ideas with you. If you have any other questions about chest and abdominal training, you can ask me there too, I’ll be happy to help!

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