Everyone wants washboard abs, but how do you get them? Losing body fat is key, but working your ab and back muscles to make them strong is important too. While you don't need special equipment to work your abs, there are some gadgets out there to help you add a little variety to the same old crunches.
ball crunch is one of the most effective exercises for the abs and, don't forget, you can also work on improving strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. You can use it during your workouts or sit on it while you watch TV or work on the computer for better posture. Make sure you choose the right size for your height.
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3. Core MaxThis is one of my favorite DVD for working the core. Taught by Cathe Friedrich, the DVD includes 3 different workouts, each about 20 minutes long. One uses no equipment, one requires an exercise ball and one uses a medicine ball and exercise ball. There are also pre-mixed workouts to choose from, so there's tons of variety. This video is for advanced exercisers.
4. Foam RollerIt may look a little strange, but the foam roller is great for working the abs in a different way. Because it's an unstable surface, it incorporates those all-important stabilizer muscles. Lie on it to do crunches, leg lifts or other exercises to engage your core.
5. PilatesPilates is an incredible workout for the entire torso, especially the abs and pelvic floor. It also promotes flexibility, endurance and relaxation. Incorporating Pilates into your routine can make a difference in both the strength and functionality of your abs and you'll notice a change in your posture as well.
BOSU Ballast Ball adds a dynamic element to core workouts with the added weight of the ballast inside as well as the stability. The ballast keeps the ball from rolling but it also shifts and moves as you roll, toss and lift the ball during different exercises. With the BOSU Ballast Ball, you can do a variety of exercises that will challenge your core, balance and stability.