Ab Exercise Machine

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Ab Exercise Machine

4. Cable Isometric Hold Don’t let the cable machine intimidate you—it’s easier to use than you think. Stack on a light weight (start with 10 pounds or fewer) and position the carriage so it’s even with chest. Stand next to machine, left side facing away from machine. Hold one cable handle with both hands, then take one big step away from the machine. Extend both arms fully at chest-height, come into a comfortable half-squat, and hold the weight steady. Engage abs to hold the handle straight in front of body—don’t twist body toward the machine. Aim for perfect posture. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch sides. 
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Ab Exercise Machine

Don’t let the cable machine intimidate you—it’s easier to use than you think. Stack on a light weight (start with 10 pounds or fewer) and position the carriage so it’s even with chest. Stand next to machine, left side facing away from machine. Hold one cable handle with both hands, then take one big step away from the machine. Extend both arms fully at chest-height, come into a comfortable half-squat, and hold the weight steady. Engage abs to hold the handle straight in front of body—don’t twist body toward the machine. Aim for perfect posture. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch sides. 
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Ab Exercise Machine

7. Overhead Kneeling Cable Hold Load a light weight onto the cable machine and slide the carriage down to a low setting close to the floor. Start with right side of your body facing the machine, right foot and left knee on the floor. Hold the cable handle in both hands and pull the handle overhead, using hands to hold the cable in place on top of head. The goal is to stay perfectly straight (don’t lean toward the machine), with core engaged. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side (with left side closer to machine). 

Ab Exercise Machine

Load a light weight onto the cable machine and slide the carriage down to a low setting close to the floor. Start with right side of your body facing the machine, right foot and left knee on the floor. Hold the cable handle in both hands and pull the handle overhead, using hands to hold the cable in place on top of head. The goal is to stay perfectly straight (don’t lean toward the machine), with core engaged. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side (with left side closer to machine). 
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Ab Exercise Machine

4 Comments Rich Reply Good tips! For me personally by far the greatest ab exercise I know is the dragonflag. In addition to the full hanging leg raises. The only issue I had was that by doing too much ab exercises I developed lower back issues. I therefore always advice people to also train the lower back. What are your views on this? The stability ball btw is awesome, more and more people are using it. Easy to use and extremely intense. I’m going to try some exercises with one. Thanks for the blog! Walter Reply Absolutely agree. Strengthening the lower back is crucial but most of the people neglect it then they suffer from lower back pain. Fitness ball exercises are great but the best is hyperextension on Roman chair. April Cook Reply I’m trying to get my beach body in top shape for this summer, and I really need to work on my abs! I’m looking for exercise equipment that I can use at home. I like the ab wheel and the stability ball because they look simple and easy to use. Is there anything that would be good to use outside? Thanks! Keith Reply Great Review, i ll do exercise only with bars, the important you should do is keep focus and do your exercise keep on track.
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Ab Exercise Machine

5. Cable Oblique Crunch Stack a medium weight onto the cable machine and slide the carriage down to setting close to the ground. Standing with your right side perpendicular to the machine, take hold of the cable handle with your right hand. Place left hand behind head. Engage obliques and lean to the left, away from the machine, performing a standing side crunch. Return to starting position. Do 10 to 15 reps, then repeat on the other side. 
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Ab Exercise Machine

Stack a medium weight onto the cable machine and slide the carriage down to setting close to the ground. Standing with your right side perpendicular to the machine, take hold of the cable handle with your right hand. Place left hand behind head. Engage obliques and lean to the left, away from the machine, performing a standing side crunch. Return to starting position. Do 10 to 15 reps, then repeat on the other side. 
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Ab Exercise Machine

6. Side Plank With Cable Hold As long as you’ve mastered a bodyweight side plank, you’re good to go on this one. Load a light weight onto the cable machine, slide the carriage down to a low setting, and position yourself a few feet from the machine. Take cable handle in left hand and come into a side plank on right forearm, bracing core and stacking feet. Extend left arm so body forms a T shape. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side. 
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Why it’s useless: The twisting motion of this machine is touted as a way to banish a “muffin top.” “This machine doesn’t activate the muscles in the correct way, and the potential for injury risk is high,” says Holland.
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Why it’s useless: The Smith machine, a multi-purpose machine using a bar attached to a sliding sled, is used for upright rows. But pulling the bar up and under the chin in this way compresses nerves in the shoulder area and can lead to inflammation, says Muelrath.
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You’ll definitely feel the burn when you start your workouts on this machine, but that’s because the Ab Coaster works. $700 may be a lot just to get perfect abs, which is why the review team didn’t make this the best ab machine on our list, but it’s a terrific product.
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As long as you’ve mastered a bodyweight side plank, you’re good to go on this one. Load a light weight onto the cable machine, slide the carriage down to a low setting, and position yourself a few feet from the machine. Take cable handle in left hand and come into a side plank on right forearm, bracing core and stacking feet. Extend left arm so body forms a T shape. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side. 

The fact is that a workout machine alone will not get you flat stomach and just a few tools are really effective. You will need to lose fat by cardio and diet in order to have visible muscles. By abdominal training, with or without equipment, you will tone and strengthen your core. Having strong core is vital since it takes palace in ever exercise you make, helps to get better posture and avoid lower back pain.
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It's a rare bird who loves hanging out at the gym. Most of us count the minutes until the workout's over and we can get on with our (way more fun) day. So the last thing we want to do is spend time using exercise machines that don't do anything for us. While no machine is totally useless if used properly, some just aren't terribly effective, says Lani Muelrath, MA, fitness expert and author of Fit Quickies. Plus, they put you at risk too-great a risk of injury, she says.
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Usually pictured crunching away on the latest trendy abdominal exercise machine, their encouraging smiles and ripped cores often have us whipping out our credit cards on the spot. Or, maybe we try to mimic them using machines at the gym.

It's a rare bird who loves hanging out at the gym. Most of us count the minutes until the workout's over and we can get on with our (way more fun) day. So the last thing we want to do is spend time using exercise machines that don't do anything for us. While no machine is totally useless if used properly, some just aren't terribly effective, says Lani Muelrath, MA, fitness expert and author of Fit Quickies. Plus, they put you at risk too-great a risk of injury, she says. Swap out these 10 useless machines for more effective, expert-recommended bodybuilding moves.
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There are lots of different ways you can work your abs (and also a lot of wrong ways), whether you want to sculpt your body into a perfect specimen – or just want to lose your flab and tone your muscles. Doing crunches on an exercise floor mat, or sitting on/lying on a balance ball will do a lot for your core, not to mention your posture. However, there are lots of ways to kick things up a notch (as someone who could really use some ab work, Emeril Lagasse, would say) – for example by buying the best ab machine to meet your needs.
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Yes, this is the same Ab Glider you’ve seen advertised on TV until you’re sick of even hearing the name. But guess what? It’s a nice machine at a low price, from a company known for its high-quality treadmills and other exercise equipment.

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