It’s on the top of the list of almost everyone who strives to get fit – abs. A six pack. A flat stomach. Losing the love handles. However you dress it up, whether you’re a man or a woman, it’s important to us all. So what’s the best gym equipment for abs and love handles that we can use daily to get where we want? Read on!
Best gym equipment for abs and love handles – At Home!
There are loads of options for your abdominals from ab crunch machines to vibration belts so depending on how you want to attack your tummy you’ll no doubt find something for you. Here’s our pick of some of the best items on the market right now. (Don’t forget to check out pull up bars too for some good abdominal workouts)
Thane Wonder Core Smart Total Body Exercise System
This is one of the most popular ‘ab machines’ around at the moment, but as you’ll see it will do more than just work your core. I’ve done a more indepth review here if you’d like to check that out.
The main exercises that you’ll do with this machine will focus on your abs – upper middle and lower abs, and also on your obliques so you can be sure you’ll be giving your core area a really good workout. You can also use it for push ups, tricep dips and other exercises too so it’ll give your upper body a workout also.
There is adjustable resistance on the ‘arms’ of the machine so once you start working with it you’ll be able to make your exercises harder as well.
You get a DVD with the machine, a non slip mat and an exercise and nutrition guide. It’s really a good buy since you do get so much with it and it can offer you way more than just an ab machine.Check out this item, including all the reviews, on Amazon here
Ab wheel roller
Getting an ab roller has been on of the best things for my own personal workouts. I use it every day and it’s really brought a big difference to me – I suffer from a back problem and by strengthening my abs and core with this it’s helped support me more.
Ab rollers are so easy to use – yes you need a little space to do the workout, but it’s not too bad and they are small enough to store away easily too. Make sure you use the mat for your knees as it can hurt if you don’t! It comes with the kit though, don’t worry.
I’ve chosen this Fitness Box set as a good option as not only do you get the wheel but you also can get some push up bars as well which are another of my favourite small home gym equipment pieces. It’s a really good value kit and would be a great starter set for anyone hoping to build up what they have at home to work out.Check out this kit on Amazon here.
Wonder Core 2 Twisting Seat and Rower
I’ll admit – this piece of equipment looks a little uncomfortable! But it’s a good option if you want a more all round item to put in your home gym. It comes from the same makers as the ab machine above and this one has 12 exercises that you can do, many of them designed for your abs and obliques.
You can use it as an abdominal bench, simply hooking your feet under and doing sit ups, you can use the resistance bands that are built in to do some rowing actions too.
I’d say this one might be slightly more advanced, as it provides a big range of motions when doing your ab crunches – so if you’re looking for something good to expand on work you’ve done previously this would be a good option.Check out the latest price on Amazon here.
What equipment to use in a gym for abs
If you’re in the gym and wanting to use some of their equipment for abdominal work then here’s a few ideas of things to try.
- If you don’t have one at home, pull up bars are a good way to do an ab workout that doesn’t involve sit ups.
- Many gyms have exercise balls that are good to use. They are much gentler on your back if you’re doing sit ups and also the balancing can strengthen your core
- A cable fly machine is good – pull down exercises will work your abs (see the video below)