There are a number of ways to tone your abdominal muscles. Firstly, there are the classic sit-up and/or crunch exercises. However, if you are thinking of spicing up your abdominal workout you may be interested in purchasing some of the abdominal training equipment that is currently on the market. Below I have outlined some of the equipment you may be interested in.
1) BALANCE BALL:- The balance ball is a very versatile piece of equipment which will exercise your abs along with the rest of your body. To keep balance on the ball your abdominal muscles have to remain contracted. It’s a lot more difficult and provides a much more intensive workout than most people think. Once you get to grips with this exercise you should start seeing more tone and definition.
2) ROWING MACHINES:- When looking at rowing machines you need to think about the features that you require and if these features match your price range. Alternatively, you can use the machines available at your local gym if they suit your needs. Regularly using a rowing machine will tone and strengthen your abdominal muscles whilst also working your shoulders, forearms, biceps, triceps and legs.
3) THE RED EXERCISER:- The Red Exerciser is one of the newest pieces of abdominal exercise equipment on the market. With The Red Exerciser you can keep the upper body still (by grabbing the handles) whilst oscillating your lower body using the abdominal muscles. If you exercise with this machine 30-60 minutes per session and do three or more sessions a week, you will start to notice great results.
4) OTHER ABDOMINAL MACHINES:- Apart from the abdominal machines listed above there are many great alternatives on the market which include the Ab Roller and the Ab Lounger. If none of the above are quite what you are looking for have a look on the Internet for other abdominal equipment. Also try asking instructors at your local gym to recommend some equipment to you. By doing this I’m sure you will find something that suits your needs.
So if you’re interested in trying some new abdominal equipment I hope the above article has helped you decide. If you don’t fancy using equipment that’s fine also. Just stick with crunches, sit-ups etc.
Whichever abdominal exercise you focus upon remember that this will just tighten your stomach. You also need to reduce the excess fat around your abdominal area. This fat reduction can be achieved with a healthy diet and cardiovascular exercise. Follow this advice and you will be on your way towards brandishing the ‘washboard stomach you’ve always dreamed of.