Many gym-goers like to train multiple muscle groups on the same day.
But to get the most benefits out of your workouts, you really need to combine the right muscle groups.
In this article, we answer the question of whether you can do back and abs on the same day or not.
In it, we cover the pros and cons of training them on the same day, the best order to train them in, and other useful bits of information to help you decide whether training your back and your abs on the same day is the right thing for you to do.
Can You Do Back And Abs On The Same Day?
Training your back and your abs on the same day is perfectly fine to do.
Although your abs will be working as stabilizers during many back exercises, they won’t be working too hard so that they’re too fatigued to target on the same day.
You can train your back to a high intensity and your abs will still be in good shape to be the focus of another workout on the same day (without any reduction in their performance).
(Watch below for an epic back and abs workout for maximum gains!)
Benefits Of Doing Back And Abs On The Same Day
It Saves Time
Training each muscle group individually on separate days can take up a lot of time.
Unless you want to be workout out every day, it makes sense to combine multiple muscle groups on the same day.
By doing back and abs on the same day, you could reduce the number of times you need to go to the gym each week from 5-7 to 2-3.
This drop in time requirement can give you more time out of the gym to do all of the other things you need to do in life.
They Pair Pretty Well Together
Although your abs will be working as stabilizing muscles in many back exercises, they won’t be working too hard so they’ll still be fresh enough to be the focus of their own exercises on the same day.
Training some muscle groups on the same day can have a detrimental impact on their performance, but back and abs pair well together.
Drawbacks Of Doing Back And Abs On The Same Day
More Time Needed In The Gym
Although combining multiple muscle groups on the same day can reduce the number of times you need to go to the gym each week, it can increase the amount of time you spend in the gym on your training days.
For example, if you’re just training your back, you might only spend about an hour in the gym on that training day.
If you do abs on the same day as back, you’ll likely have to be in the gym for at least another 30 minutes.
The duration of your workouts each day you train can be a big deciding factor as to whether doing back and abs on the same day is a good idea for you or not.
Despite your abs being ready to go after a back workout, trying to train two muscle groups on the same day can cause general fatigue and tiredness.
If you’re feeling tired or fatigued after focussing on one muscle group, trying to then train another on the same day can be very challenging to do well.
Going into a workout fatigued can severely reduce your performance and your ability to train effectively.
Should You Do Back And Abs On The Same Day?
There’s no definitive answer as to whether you should do back and abs on the same day, as there are many factors to consider, such as:
- Overall health
- Fitness goals
- Gym experience
- Time available
That being said, there aren’t many reasons why you couldn’t do back and abs on the same day.
As long as both muscle groups are healthy and fully recovered from any previous exercise, training them both on the same day can be a good way of getting the most out of your workouts.
Should You Do Back Or Abs First?
Normally it’s a good idea to do back before abs.
This is because your abs will be activating as stabilizing muscles during quite a few back exercises.
If your stabilizing muscles are fatigued or feeling weaker as a result of a prior workout, the amount of weight you can lift during your back workout will be significantly less.
Can You Superset Back And Abs?
You can superset your back and abs.
This can be a great way of saving time while still challenging the working muscles to the levels they need to be in order to develop and grow.
Back and abs might not be the best pairing for supersets, but they can work well if you want to train both parts of your body in the same workout.
(Here’s an ultra-short 1 minute vid showing you how to superset your back and abs effectively!)
Should You Do Them In The Same Session Or In 2 Sessions?
Many gym-goers do back and abs in a single session.
As your abs will have already been activating as stabilizing muscles in many back exercises, it makes sense to then target them directly during the same session.
However, if you have the time and motivation, doing back and abs in 2 separate sessions might be a better way of doing things for you.
Ultimately, it will come down to your fitness goals, the time you have available, and your own personal preferences as to whether you do them in the same session or in 2 sessions.