Monday, October 26, 2009

The Truth About Infomercial Gadgets and Your Abs

Ab Exercise Infomercial Gadgets an Expert Review

Anyone who has been up late has had to of seen at least one abdominal exercise infomercial gadget. You see the models and the 6 pack that they have as a result of the incredible gadget. This often leads you to wonder if those products even work. Fitness expert Craig Ballantyne, author of Turbulence Training, recently reviewed a research study on ab exercise gadgets to help you get the truth about abs.

According to Craig, one of his favorite ab exercises includes one of those cheap infomercial gadgets, "the ab wheel". You can pick one up at Walmart for under 20 bucks, and it works your abs hard without crunches.

The ab wheel is one that does work, but do other ab gadgets do what they claim?

Researchers (from the Mayo Clinic, of all places) tested the
"Ab-Slide" device and compared it to the ab crunch, the supine
double leg thrust (seated knee tuck-in), and side plank.

J Strength Cond Res. 2008 Nov;22(6):1939-46.

Ten young men and twelve young women did all the exercises.

Tests showed that the Ab-Slide, a contraption fairly similar to the Ab Wheel, worked the abs the hardest.

On the other hand, the seated knee tuck-in required a lot of hip flexion, and the doctors believed it could cause BACK PROBLEMS in people prone to low back injury.

Craig recommends sticking with the Ab Wheel, and of course, keeping crunches out of your program. He also suggests adding the Seated Knee Tuck-in to your list of ab exercises to avoid.

For best results, stick to the exercises in the Turbulence Training
workout program

Train hard and safe,

Jason, CSCS

PS - Just say NO to crunches.

To get 6 pack abs it is best to stay away from crunches because they are hard on your low back, and they are also useless for helping you get a flat stomach.

Instead, stick to interval training, the ab exercises in Turbulence Training, and the TT nutrition guidelines if you want to transform your body.

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