In Reply to: Question For Mike posted by Sean Jenkins on September 30, 19100 at 00:49:30:
I personally feel that people spend way too much attention on ab work. Abdominals behave like any other muscles; they need rest to grow after tearing them down with exercise. If you work them every day, you can never grow them as fast.
People still think they can burn off the fat on their stomach with crunches or other ab work. The only way to do that is to burn calories. You have to burn more calories than you take in the lose fat, and unfortunately, the fat on your stomach will be the very last to go.
My personal opinion (somewhat educated) is that if people would spend half of the time they devote to stomach workout on cardio activity, they would lean up their abdominals a lot faster.
The side benefit; less back pain from inproper stomach exercise form.
Strong abdominals are really to help support the back; it's just a side effect that they look good.