Ab exercise equipment for any budget

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.

Working out your entire core

When working your abs, don't forget about your back. A workout focusing only on the front of your core will result in an imbalance and possible injury. Many people like to do back crunches as well as weight workouts in order to give proper attention to the back. You may also use an exercise ball or a stick to help assist you with working your core out evenly. You can use a broomstick, or buy a nice workout stick dedicated just to getting you in shape.

If you would like to spend some good money on your abs, exercise equipment of larger proportions is in abundance. The most helpful tool is a simple ab station. These devices look like a chair with no seat; you rest your arms on the bars and pull your lower body up to your chest for an effective crunch that works against gravity and your own body. Other devices popularly seen on television include the ab roller (a curved bar that rests on the ground to guide your through your crunch) and ab coasters. Ab coasters swing you side to side in order to help work your obliques and other areas. While a good old-fashioned crunch usually does the trick, gadget aficionados may enjoy these workout toys.

If you are looking for some simple and affordable ab exercise equipment, come to Sears. Browse a great selection of exercise balls, mats and stand-alone equipment that will get your core into shape in no time.

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