Why Use an Adjustable AB Bench?
The answer to this question is easy: core strength. Not just the recent exercise trends, but rather the essential idea as it's been used throughout human history by dancers and athletes. People who move from their center have more grace, endurance, and, most of all, prevent injuries through well-developed muscles. They create their movement from their core muscles in the abdomen and back. These dancers and athletes may not ever actually go into the gym and use an adjustable ab bench, because of how much work their everyday activity puts into their center - but the benefits are unquestionable. People who want to gain the benefits without having to spend hours in the gym can use the Pure Fitness AB Bench to maximize their workout - sometimes as little as twenty minutes a day when combined with cardio and a healthy diet.
WHAT IT IS, WHAT IT DOES
The design of an adjustable abdominal bench is simple. While they vary somewhat in the details, they all have a few characteristics in common:
- Stable Platform - the central part of an ab bench is the bench, a stable and padded platform where you sit. Sometimes these are adjustable in height, but as long as your feet can comfortably rest flat on the floor it is at a good level.
- Foot Anchors - There will be some way to anchor your feet under a bar, usually padded, close to the floor at the front of the bench. This helps protect the lower back as you are doing the workout by letting your legs anchor you (relieving stress on the spine). It also adds a bit of a workout to your calves and quadriceps, but that's incidental.
- Adjustable Back - this is the key element that makes the ab bench so valuable. While you can change the intensity of an ab crunch exercise simply by laying on an incline or using weights, these all are imprecise methods that leave your thoracic muscles prone to strain and injury. The adjustable incline allows you precise control over the effort needed to do the ab exercises as well as providing padded support and protection from strain.
So the next piece of at home workout equipment you should buy is obvious. Rock those abs proudly!