It is every fitness enthusiast’s dream to have great abs, and those who already do would do everything to maintain it.
However there are many ab machines on the market, and not all of them are good.
Before using an ab machine, it’s very important that you read and review the manuals and instructional guides provided with the exercise equipment. The good thing about most exercise equipment nowadays is that they come out with helpful videos and manuals that contain photos, descriptions, and images that teaches how to use the equipment properly.
Sometimes these are also printed on the machine itself. Always ask the manufacturer if they can give you a manual just in case it’s not included with your purchase.
The AB Crunch Machine
Select a light resistance and sit on the ab machine. Make sure that your feet is placed under the pads of the machine, and your hands grabbing the top handles. As for the arms, they should be bent at a 90-degree angle, while your triceps rest on the pad. This is the ideal starting position.
Begin to lift your legs up as you crunch your upper torso. Don’t forget to exercise proper breathing while doing so, and a slow and controlled motion is highly recommended.
Focus on using your abs to move the weight, as you keep your feet and legs relaxed. For this exercise, always make sure to select a weight that you can easily handle, because too much weight could lead to injuries.
The Ab Slide Machine
Another ab machine you can consider using would be the ab slide machine which works in a way where it focuses on different muscles of the body all at once. This device is a plastic roller with metal bards for the hands and it slides forward and backward. As the machine is being pushed forward along the floor, you’ll be working against resistance produced by the rubber band. Likewise, as you change the torso’s angle to slide, the abdominal muscle would activate.
It’s pretty simple to use as you just have to kneel and properly position your hands on the slide handles with the use of an overhand grip.
After that, use a kneed pad, gym mat, or blanket to protect your knees. As you use the device, you have to contract your ab muscles as you push forward. It’s also important to ensure that your belly is pulled in toward your spine and continue sliding your shoulders and back until they’re adjacent to the floor.
When using ab machines, it’s very important to educate yourself on how to properly use it, because improper handling can lead to injuries and accidents.