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Love it or hate it, working your core is key when living an active lifestyle. While some lifts engage the core as part of their execution, such as squats, deadlifts, and other compound exercises, it’s still important to hit the core directly with core-specific exercises. If you’re not a fan of hitting a gym or fitness facility, or just don’t have the budget for it, you can still get a great core workout in using at-home core exercise equipment. But with the exercise equipment market being saturated with both new (and old classic) equipment, it’s hard to decipher between what really does the job and what will take up space in your basement and never get touched. Let’s take a look at some core exercise equipment that can help you get a killer core and is worth the investment.
Adjustable Bench– While this may seem like a silly piece of equipment to list for core exercise, it’s actually quite versatile and you can perform a variety of ab exercises with it. Try corkscrews and leg lifts with the bench flat, or put it to an angle for some challenging reverse sit-ups.
Ab Wheel– Chances are you may have used one of these in a gym before. Ab wheels are great because not only are they small and portable, but they engage nearly the entire upper body. Change the direction of your roll to hit the obliques as well as the abs muscles. Jeff Cavaliere demonstrates several exercises that can be done with an ab wheel in this video:
Exercise Ball– The exercise ball is a very universal piece of gym equipment. You can use it to exercise nearly any body part and the midsection is no exception. Do crunches on the ball or place it between your feet for many variations of core exercises.
If you’re looking for an actual piece of equipment made specifically for ab exercises, check out the ProForm Ab Glider, Ab King Pro or Ab-Doer Twist Ab Trainer.
As with any purchase in life, be it big or small, it’s important to do your research beforehand and make sure that you’re going to have a need for whatever it is you’re buying and that it’s worth the cost. When it comes to your health, it’s hard to put a price on quality of life and longevity. While it may seem miniscule in the grand scheme, having a strong core can be of invaluable importance in the long run. In addition to decreased risk of back pain, your balance will be greater and as a result, your risk of falls (and subsequent injuries) reduces greatly. Take care of your body, and it will take care of you.
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