All types of machines made to target your abs – rollers, balls. and apparatuses – have flooded the exercise market over the years, making the right choice for your needs difficult and sometimes confusing. We’re here to help. Here are a few ab machines we think are worthy of your workout time.
A tried and true tool
There’s a reason ab rollers have outlasted many other innovations on the market. They work, and without the danger of wrenching your neck. What’s especially nice about this model are the extras you get. The knee pad assures that any hard household surface you choose to roll on will work. The nutrition book is like adding a dietician to your weight loss plan. The accompanying workout book is full of good ideas and even better, variations to keep you from losing interest – as well as to keep your abs engaged.
Just when you thought the ideas on how to engage those stomach muscles had been used up, along comes something like the Stealth Core Trainer. Ab work no longer needs to be boring with this innovative product, which uses your smartphone to keep your interest through four entertaining and core-challenging games: “Stealth Speed Gliding,” “Color Chase,” “Galaxy Adventure,” and “Space Escape.” Each has been designed to utilize core muscles as you seek to score, tracking your daily progress so you naturally push yourself to new heights – and new muscle tone. This is also designed to fit any sized smartphone, so no need to upgrade.
Buy: Stealth Core Trainer
If you’ve been around any gym, you almost certainly have heard it: “I can’t do ab work because I have a slipped disc or some other back problem.” The AbCoaster was designed for such concerns, targeting your entire core area with crunch exercises that don’t require any yanking of your back or neck at all. It includes a digital workout display that counts for you so you can better concentrate on form and intensity. Each rep maximizes your effort by contracting your core muscles on the way up, and again on the way down. Thus, your challenge can start out modest, and grow to become intense – with noticeable results.
Folds up when not in use
Fitlaya uses a curved track and your own frame to engage your complete core in a series of fluid exercises. A heavy-duty frame, knee cushions, and foam grips prevent unnecessary strain elsewhere as you work your abs with its up and down trajectory. Comes with a smart LCD monitor that tracks calories burned, workout length, and repetitions.
This is a model that does a lot in a little space. There is also an assisted pushup variant that combines simultaneously with core work. Made with heavy-duty iron, it supports up to 220 pounds without risk of becoming misshapen, and its soft foam rollers protect your back and alleviate fatigue pain, especially in the early going when dormant muscles are being engaged again. Used thoroughly, this can double as a sneaky complete home gym in a small space.
S. Ruxton is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. A former baseball writer, S. Ruxton loves to revisit the smaller Gulf towns of Clearwater, Dunedin, and Bradenton. Historic Winter Park is also a favorite destination.