It seems like there’s new workout equipment that comes out almost every day. The ads say that it will help give you those ripped abs and flat stomach you have always been wanting. You see the advertisements everywhere on TV, the internet, magazine ads, and even in your mailbox. It’s difficult to know who to trust when everyone is trying to sell you their own product.
To be frank, many of the workout tools available are gimmicks that don’t work as advertised. I’m referring to the ones that claim they have a patented advantage over other products. Are you curious why I think this way? It’s about the foundation for achieving defined abs that simply can’t be patented. The companies may have gotten patents for the mechanisms for their machines but you’re still doing the same physical movements that have been around for many years. I think it’s smarter to save your money and stick with tried and true methods. Here are a couple pieces of essential tools you should consider when working towards defining your abs.
1. Resistance bands – Do you think doing leg ups and situps are too easy? Well adding a bit of resistance can help you find the respect you lost for those classic exercises after you thought they were too easy. Resistance bands are great since they provide constant tension on your abs during your exercises. In fact, the bands are really great all-around tools to have. They’re extremely versatile and come in different levels of resistance, which is perfect no matter what shape you’re in.
2. Fitness Ball – Your abdominal muscles are part of your body’s core and the fitness ball is considered the best at conditioning your core. There isn’t really any other piece of workout equipment that is as good at increasing your core strength properly. Just like the resistance bands, the fitness ball is also incredibly versatile. In fact, there are several articles online dedicated to using the fitness ball for exercises.
3. Ab Roller – The ab roller has been available for several years now and yet it’s still extremely effective at targeting your abdominal muscles. It provides support that you just don’t get when doing regular crunches. The ab roller reduces injury and is great for people with limited mobility. Also, the device works as an easy introduction to ab workouts which help beginners ease into doing more vigorous exercises.