Step Twenty-Three: The Best Ab Equipment
Abdominal Exercises using Equipment and Props
Abdominal exercises are extremely popular and there is a plethora of exercise equipment available to assist you with your quest for better abs. There is no magic to 6 pack abs, but these will help add variety and keep focus in your abdominal and core strengthening routines. Keep in mind that getting flat abs takes a lot more than exercise – you need the proper nutritional diet and a good understanding of the difference between body composition and body fat.
Medicine ball workouts are good way to strengthen your abdominal muscles. They add resistance to a routine and are good for core strengthening exercises. The push up bar is another good addition to an abdominal routine. A push up is a total body exercise that builds core strength. Done correctly it is a compound exercise that uses muscles in the chest, shoulders, triceps, back, abs and even the legs. Use push up bars with handles to create an intense push up work out that does not stress your wrists.
If you have a standard balance ball you have many abdominal workouts at your disposal – the number of work outs you can perform with a balance ball is virtually unlimited. Make sure you read the instructional booklet; many good ideas come from there. The stability ball forces you to use your abdominal muscles not only for the crunches but for stability – this works a large amount of muscles. The pull exercise, or chin up, is one of the most over looked exercises for building core strength. The equipment is simple – it is just a chin up bar. They can be elaborate and free standing or they can be simple doorway chin up bar that screws into the door frame or simply hooks over the edge.
Ab wheels are extremely effective if you use them properly. They are a simple wheel that you push up and down in a rolling motion that works the abs very effectively. If beginners over use this apparatus, then they will experience muscle soreness if they are not careful. In addition to basic abdominal exercises, the ab wheel can offer great abdominal exercises. The standard crunch is still one of the best and most effective ways to strengthen and tone your abs. Getting a high quality exercise mat is a great way to make crunches more appealing since you will no longer be laying on hard wood or carpet. These will cushion your back and help keep your bones from grinding into a hard surface.
There are many more abdominal exercise equipment and props that you can buy at conventional stores. They will not make flat, sleek abdominal muscles appear magically with little effort. But they will add variety and versatility to your daily routine. These abdominal exercise equipment and props make it a lot easier to add core exercises to your regular abdominal routine. Add these pieces of equipment into your routine and add a nutritional and low calorie diet and you will reach your abdominal goals quickly.