The core and abdominal area is everyone's favorite "trouble spot" when they start a new exercise program. Whether you've been spending a lot of time on the couch, or you want to get back to pre-pregnancy shape, a good core is essential to overall fitness. When you think of doing ab exercises, equipment probably isn't high on your priority list. However, a good piece of equipment can maximize your core workout.
If you are on a budget, you don't have to splurge to get what you need for a good ab workout. If you only get one piece of exercise equipment for abs, get an exercise ball. This is an inflatable ball that will help you work stabilizer muscles, as well as the major muscle groups. Plus, it is a versatile tool that can be used to target other areas in your workout. If you can swing it, also invest in a good exercise mat or yoga mat, with sufficient padding and an antimicrobial surface. This way, you can do crunches, pushups and burpees with comfort and ease.
Other more advanced items include weights such as dumbbells and medicine balls. If you choose to use this more advanced exercise equipment, abs should already be fairly toned so you can handle the extra weight. Most people use the ball to help with oblique crunches. You can hold weights or the ball in your hands and rotate side to side to work these important muscles. Be careful to select an appropriate weight in order to prevent injury.