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Top 10 Abdominal Exercise Equipment Choices

Abdominal Exercise Products and Equipment


Updated May 23, 2014

If you are searching for the Best Abdominal Exercises you may want to try adding a few pieces of ab exercise equipment to your routine. Ab equipment can help you stay motivated, and help you target core muscles you may not activate while performing standard crunches. While no product will magically give you 'six-pack' abs, these pieces of ab exercise equipment may help you put variety and focus back into your core strengthening routine.

Keep in mind that getting great abs, takes more than just exercise. You also need proper nutrition and a well-balanced exercise routine to go with the ab exercise.

1. Kettlebells

Man training in crossfit gym
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Kettlebells are bowling ball-sized cast iron weights with a single looped handle on top. Working with kettlebells provides an excellent whole body and core workout while building strength and stability.

2. Ab Wheel

Ab Wheel
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Ab Wheels are extremely effective IF you use them properly. This simple piece of ab exercise equipment is not for beginners and overuse the first day can result in muscle soreness if you aren't careful. In addition to some basic ab exercise, the ab wheel can offer a complete ab workout.

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3. Medicine Balls

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Medicine ball workouts are a favorite of mine for getting the most out of any abdominal strengthening routine. For tips on exercises, check out the related Guide Picks for Best Ab Exercises.

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4. Pull Up Bar | Chin Up Bar

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The pull up exercise (also called a chin up) is one of the most overlooked exercises for building upper body, back and core strength. It requires a very simple piece of exercise equipment -- a chin up bar. Chin up bars can be elaborate, free-standing pieces of exercise equipment, or simple, doorway chin up bars you purchase online or at a local sporting goods store.

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5. Bosu Balance Trainer

Bosu Ball
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Using the Bosu Balance Trainer provides a full body workout for strength, agility and especially balance. You can perform several great core strengthening routines that require coordination and proprioception training. A nice, simple addition to any ab workout routine.

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6. Balance Ball Workouts

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If you have a standard balance ball at home you have a mini-gym. The number of exercises (especially ab work) that you can do with a balance ball is practically unlimited. Get a starter video to get the basics and go from there.

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7. Rowing Machine Workouts

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A rowing machine is a great way to get endurance exercise while focusing on core strength. This whole body exercise is a sure way to build ab strength.

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8. Exercise Floor Mat

The standard crunch is still one of the best, most effective and efficient ways to strengthen and tone your abs. Getting a high quality exercise mat will make doing crunches more appealing during those commercials. Why lay on the hard wood or shag carpet?

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9. Ab Roller

Ab Roller abdominal exercise equipment
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The Ab Roller helps you target the rectus abdominis muscle while providing support to your neck and head. The arm rests also let you relax your shoulders so you can do regular crunches without straining. Great for those who have neck and shoulder pain, or need help getting their ab crunch technique just right.

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10. The Firm: 5-Day Abs

Still one of the better ab workout videos on the market, The Firm has it all -- lots of variety, clear instruction, effective exercises and a straight-forward approach to ab training.

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