How To Choose: Abdominal Equipment

There are two types of abdominal equipment: static and dynamic. To make your choice between these two types, you must consider several factors. Your level (beginner or certified) and your goal (do you want to start building your abdominal muscles or tone up what you’ve got already) are both important to consider. To help you in your choice of abdominal gear, here are our tips and advice for you.

What is the purpose of Abdominal Equipment?

An abdominal machine is usually used to work on the abdominal belt which includes higher, lower and diagonal abdominal muscles. The main benefits you can seek with this type of machine are:

  • Developing the toning of your stomach
  • Sharpening your shape
  • Maintaining and strengthening your lumbar vertebrae

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Which gear for which use?

Making the right choice for your abdominal kit is about knowing how to choose the right tools for the training you are planning to undertake. An abdominal machine or set up usually can fold away quite small, which should allow you to transport it without too many problems. It is easy to use and gives you the comfort you need during the effort.

To choose your abdominal machine, you have to know:

  • In which position you want to practice (static or dynamic)?
  • What is your level of practice?

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Choosing between static and dynamic

There are two ways to work on your abdominal muscles.

  • Dynamic position (with the chest): to draw your abdominal muscles.
  • Static position (canning process): to work on the tone of your muscles and protect your lumbar vertebrae.

Abdominal crunch machines and benches will make you work in a dynamic position and an Abdo Gain will make you work in a static position.

Crunch Machine (Dynamic)

For a person who is just beginning to tone up their abdominal muscles, an abdominal crunch machine will be recommended. There is a headrest to relax the neck when practicing. The machine has to be placed on the ground and your feet must be free to move. You need to push with your arms for you chest to raise up. The machine leads your movements and helps you stay in the same position. It is less dangerous this way.

Abdo Gain (Static)

You need to sit on the Abdo Gain, to lean on your back and to maintain this position. You have to keep your abdominal muscles contracted all along the exercise to protect your back. Keep the position for 10 seconds and recover, sitting for 30 seconds. Depending on your level, you can increase the time of the exercise and decrease the recovery time.

3 potential exercises/positions:

Position 1:

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Position 2:

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Position 3:

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The Bench (Advanced Dynamic)

An experienced person will more easily use abdominal benches to work deeply on their abdominal belt. The movement is based on the raising of the chest. Your feet are held by foam supports to ensure your stability and your security during the exercise while the bench will offer you a larger movement range. It is possible to change the angle of the bench and the height of the foam supports to increase the difficulty of your exercise. You have to keep your abdominal muscles contracted during the entire exercise in order to avoid injury.

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Safety Tips

While practicing, you have to keep your abdominal muscles contracted and not over do your movement during an exercise. You need to concentrate on maintaining your position and movement. You can always alter it for the next exercise. We recommend you to always support your neck, your lumbar vertebrae and your abdominal belt. If you are practicing on an abdominal machine with back issues, you have to be extremely careful to maintain your posture.


Now that you’ve worked out how you want to work your abs you should have a look at the range offered by Decathlon.

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