Top 10 Abdominal Exercise Equipment Choices

Abdominal Exercise Products and Equipment

If you are searching for the Best Abdominal Exercises you may want to try adding a few pieces of ab exercise equipment to your routine. Ab equipment can help you stay motivated, and help you target core muscles you may not activate while performing standard crunches. While no product will magically give you 'six-pack' abs, these pieces of ab exercise equipment may help you put variety and focus back into your core strengthening routine.

Keep in mind that getting great abs, takes more than just exercise. You also need proper nutrition and a well-balanced exercise routine to go with the ab exercise.

1
Ab Carver

Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro
Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro.

The Ab Carver is extremely effective for challenging your core strength. This simple piece of ab exercise equipment offers a high intensity, yet safe ab workout because it provides resistance when  you roll forward, but gives a bit of assistance when you roll back in. The wide and curved footprint provides great stability when carving left and right and helps target the obliques, which is tough to do on the flat ab roller wheels. It's a nice upgrade to the traditional core training — the Ab Carver offers a new twist on a complete ab workout. Buy from Amazon »

2
Kettlebells

Man training in crossfit gym
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Kettlebells are bowling ball-sized cast iron weights with a single looped handle on top. Working with kettlebells provides an excellent whole body and core workout while building strength and stability. Buy from Amazon »

3
Medicine Balls

Medicine Balls
Medicine Balls. Photo Courtesy of PriceGrabber

Medicine ball workouts are a favorite of mine for getting the most out of any abdominal strengthening routine. For tips on exercises, check out the related Guide Picks for Best Ab Exercises. Buy from Amazon »

4
Pull Up Bar | Chin Up Bar

Pull Up Bar
Pull Up Bar. (c) pricegrabber

The pull-up exercise (also called a chin up) is one of the most overlooked exercises for building upper body, back and core strength. It requires a very simple piece of exercise equipment -- a chin up bar. Chin up bars can be elaborate, free-standing pieces of exercise equipment, or simple, doorway chin up bars you purchase online or at a local sporting goods store. Buy from Amazon »

5
Bosu Balance Trainer

Bosu Ball
Bosu Ball. photo courtesy of PriceGrabber

Using the Bosu Balance Trainer provides a full body workout for strength, agility and especially balance. You can perform several great core strengthening routines that require coordination and proprioception training. A nice, simple addition to any ab workout routine. Buy from Amazon »

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Balance Ball Workouts

Crunch on the exercise ball
Crunch on the exercise ball. Allan Danahar / Getty Images

If you have a standard balance ball at home you have a mini-gym. The number of exercises (especially ab work) that you can do with a balance ball is practically unlimited. Get a starter video to get the basics and go from there. Buy from Amazon »

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Rowing Machine Workouts

Concept 2 Rowing Machine
Concept 2 Rowing Machine. photo courtesy of PriceGrabber

A rowing machine is a great way to get endurance exercise while focusing on core strength. This whole body exercise is a sure way to build ab strength. Buy from Amazon »

8
Exercise Floor Mat

The standard crunch is still one of the best, most effective and efficient ways to strengthen and tone your abs. Getting a high-quality exercise mat will make doing crunches more appealing during those commercials. Why lay on the hardwood or shag carpet? Buy from Amazon »

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Ab Roller

Ab Roller abdominal exercise equipment
Ab Roller Ab Exercise Equipment. photo Courtesy of PriceGrabber

The Ab Roller helps you target the rectus abdominis muscle while providing support to your neck and head. The armrests also let you relax your shoulders so you can do regular crunches without straining. Great for those who have neck and shoulder pain, or need help getting their ab crunch technique just right. Buy from Amazon »

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The Firm: 5-Day Abs

Still one of the better ab workout videos on the market, The Firm has it all -- lots of variety, clear instruction, effective exercises and a straight-forward approach to ab training. Buy from Amazon »

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