Can you train legs and abs together?

You wonder if you can train legs 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 legs 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 leg exercises like deadlifts and squats. Doing additional abdominal exercises in leg workouts allows you to target upper, middle and lower abs. Depending on how intense the abdominal training is designed, the abdominal muscles may still be exhausted the next day. If this is the case, you can put the leg and abdominal workout before a workout-free day.


The abdominal muscles, just like the lower back, are already worked by basic exercises such as deadlifts and squats. Still, you can do isolation exercises for the abs in addition to leg exercises. With abdominal exercises you can train the upper, lower and lateral abdominal muscles more specifically than with deadlifts and squats. Abdominal exercises that you can do in leg workouts 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 leg workouts. If your abs are exhausted the following day and you do rowing, bench press or shoulder press, you might 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 leg and abdominal training before a non-training day.


Although the abdominal muscles are already stressed by leg exercises such as deadlifts and squats, and their visibility depends on your diet, it makes sense to do additional abdominal exercises. Isolation exercises allow you to target upper, lower and lateral abs more specifically than 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 leg and abdominal training 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 leg and ab workouts, you can ask me there too, I’ll be happy to help!

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