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At Home Fitness equipment for beginner

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At Home Fitness equipment for beginner

Hello,

I'm looking to get an at home ab workout and was considering getting an abdominal roller (online, likely sportchek or amazon). Can anyone recommend a good @ home ab machine/equipment for a newbie?

thanks,
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You dont need much if core is what you are trying to train.

Yoga ball, bosu ball, ab roller, pull up bar, medicine ball.

Yoga ball or bosy ball can be used to planks, there are many variations of this exercise. E.g. 2 legs, 1 leg, 1 arm or 2 arms.. play around with it.
Pull up bar can be used for leg raises. Progress from knee to leg raises. Watch your momentum and try not to swing. You can do static holds or progress to leg raises all the way uo but slowly bringing them down.

Ab roller is self explanatory.

Medicine ball you can do ball slams/throws, overhead tosses while in hook lying position or crossovers while in V-sit position.
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th12mq wrote:
Nov 13th, 2017 10:24 pm
You dont need much if core is what you are trying to train.

Yoga ball, bosu ball, ab roller, pull up bar, medicine ball.

Yoga ball or bosy ball can be used to planks, there are many variations of this exercise. E.g. 2 legs, 1 leg, 1 arm or 2 arms.. play around with it.
Pull up bar can be used for leg raises. Progress from knee to leg raises. Watch your momentum and try not to swing. You can do static holds or progress to leg raises all the way uo but slowly bringing them down.

Ab roller is self explanatory.

Medicine ball you can do ball slams/throws, overhead tosses while in hook lying position or crossovers while in V-sit position.
Thanks for the advice. I was wondering how much to spend on a ab roller/medicine ball. Amazon has ones for $20 and then pricier stuff for $50. Are there any brands you'd recommend.
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I'd just get an ab wheel from Winners or The Treadmill Factory. It's not really a beginner's tool though, IMO. You'd have to have some baseline core strength to avoid trunk extension. Also, be careful with your wrists and shoulders.
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If you're truly a beginner, I would just look up a simple ab program that consists of variations crunches/sit-ups/planks/leg lifts/v-ups/etc. Once you get good at those, then you can move on to bosu balls and ab rollers.
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Why is it that you just want to train your abs?
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Dark Phoenix wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 10:07 pm
Why is it that you just want to train your abs?
I do cardio at the gym and then the machine circuit consisting of arms and legs. Its not a full gym, so they don't have ab specific machines, so that is why on my off days, I wanted to throw in some ab exercise.
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You can work out your core and abs without equipment.

Goto the library and borrow some DVD.
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Poppwl wrote:
Nov 30th, 2017 5:55 am
You can work out your core and abs without equipment.

Goto the library and borrow some DVD.
Everything is on the internet these days.
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jesguerra wrote:
Nov 30th, 2017 11:11 am
Everything is on the internet these days.
Have you checked out the work-out DVDs? There may be a difference. If someone made it, they obviously put a lot of thought into it so be more open-minded.

I say this because I checked a number of work-out DVDs last year and there were many different types of work-out. I couldn't try them all because I only have one body.
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Poppwl wrote:
Nov 30th, 2017 11:18 am
Have you checked out the work-out DVDs? There may be a difference. If someone made it, they obviously put a lot of thought into it so be more open-minded.

I say this because I checked a number of work-out DVDs last year and there were many different types of work-out. I couldn't try them all because I only have one body.
Which DVDs are reputable?

DVDs become outdated quickly. Accurate and reliable info is easily available online.
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you do not really need special equipment to hit your abs/core.. body weight exercises should be enough for a beginner (ab specific or compound movements, there's a ton of guides on the internet).
Remember when you liked what you currently have
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amz155 wrote:
Nov 30th, 2017 1:46 pm
Which DVDs are reputable?

DVDs become outdated quickly. Accurate and reliable info is easily available online.
The human body hasn't change that much is not the title.

The favourite one I borrowed from the library was Seven Days, Seven Workouts by Total Body.

Day one was a 30 minutes video about walking.
It featured the following workout enthusiast: Jessica Smith, Janis Saffell, David Snively, lead by 4 others that was not named on the online library catalogue and other work out enthusiast who enjoy working out with them during filming.

The one I mentioned above give viewers a glimpse of a variety of fun ways to work out! Each day features a different instructor.
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Poppwl wrote:
Dec 1st, 2017 10:28 pm
The human body hasn't change that much is not the title.

The favourite one I borrowed from the library was Seven Days, Seven Workouts by Total Body.

Day one was a 30 minutes video about walking.
It featured the following workout enthusiast: Jessica Smith, Janis Saffell, David Snively, lead by 4 others that was not named on the online library catalogue and other work out enthusiast who enjoy working out with them during filming.

The one I mentioned above give viewers a glimpse of a variety of fun ways to work out! Each day features a different instructor.
I was asking which DVDs featuring ab/core workouts you think are good. A thirty minute video about walking isn't about abs.
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An ab roller is great! Sometimes, it can be hard on the lower back so be careful!

Abs don't need a ton of equipment, you can do most exercises with no equipment.

That being said, if you want abs, your diet is most important! Eat healthier, drink more water, reduce your carb intake, and eat more protein. That mixed with an increase in direct ab work will help tone your midsection!

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