Top 10 Most Effective Ab Exercises
By Paige Waehner, About.com Guide
Updated September 23, 2012
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The Torso Track comes out as number 5 for effective ab exercises, but this is one of my least favorite exercises because it can cause lower-back pain, particularly if you roll out too far. In fact, in the ACE study, researchers found that a significant number of subjects reported lower-back pain, so you may want to skip the expense, and discomfort, of this one and choose other exercises that can target the abs with equal effectiveness.
- Grip the handles of the Torso Track and pull the abs in without holding your breath (as though bracing them).
- Exhale and glide forward as far as you comfortably can.
- If you collapse in the middle and feel it in your back, you've gone too far. Shorten your range of motion as needed to protect your back.
- Contract the abs to pull your body back.
- Add tension by using more tension chords.
If you don't have a Torso Track, you can substitute by trying the ab roll out on the ball.
View this exercise in the Best Ab Workout.
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