Can you train shoulders and abs together?

You wonder if you can train shoulders 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 shoulders 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 shoulder exercises like shoulder presses. Doing additional abdominal exercises in shoulder training allows you to target upper, middle and lower abs. 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 shoulder and abdominal workout before a workout-free day.


The abdominal muscles, just like the lower back, are already worked by basic exercises such as shoulder presses. Still, you can do isolation exercises for the abs in addition to shoulder exercises. With abdominal exercises, you can target the upper, lower and side abs more specifically than with shoulder presses. Abdominal exercises you can do in shoulder 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 shoulder training. 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 only occurs with a very high volume of training. However, if this is the case, you should schedule shoulder and abdominal training before a non-training day.


Although the abdominal muscles are already stressed by shoulder exercises such as shoulder 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 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 shoulder and abdominal training 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 shoulder and abdominal training, you can ask me there too, I’ll be happy to help!

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