For many, getting a washboard stomach seems like an impossible dream. Abdominal muscles are one of the hardest muscles to tone and add size to, and will only look great with a clean, balanced diet. Rock hard abs take time and real hard work but there are items that can help your quest for a flat, toned stomach.
There is no need to spend lots of money joining a gym as a number of the items outlined in this guide can be used in the comfort of your own home. Whether looking to get fitter, look amazing on the beach or train for sport, there is a huge range of abdominal exercise products and accessories that can flatten the stomach and make the abs really pop and look toned. All of the items can be found in the Exercise and Fitness category on eBay.
What are Abdominals?
Abdominal muscles are located above the pelvis and below the thorax (chest cavity) in the abdomen, in the same area as the stomach. The abdomen is made up of three types of muscles, the transversus abdominis, the rectus abdominis and the pyramidalis muscles. The abdominal muscles have a number of important functions:
* Abdominals provide movement and support to the trunk and assist breathing.
* Serve as protection for the inner organs such as the stomach
* Provide postural support and help to define form, which is extremely important when training
* Allow rotation and lateral flexion of the spine
* Stabilise the spine
To the naked eye, the muscles people tend to think about are the Rectus abdominus, which can be developed into a six pack. There are actually 8 sections, so it is possible to get an eight pack with lots of hard work and a perfect diet. These muscles help to bend the back forward when contracting.
Abdominal muscles are extremely important for posture, muscular and skeletal support and allow for the spine to flex in order for a person to do their daily tasks with relative ease.
Top Abdominal Exercise Products on eBay
There are so many different types of abdominal exercise products that can target different parts and are great for people of all levels of fitness, and can be used at home fairly easily:
Kettle Bells are iron weights that are shaped like a bowling ball and have a looped handle at the top. Using kettle bells effectively can provide a brilliant whole body workout and really build strength and stability for the abdominal muscles. Kettle bells can come in various weights ranging from 2kg to 30kg so anyone can use them.
Medicine Balls are one of the oldest products used to really get the most out of your abdominal workout. Medicine Balls can be used for weighted sit ups, oblique twists and hanging leg raises to add strength to the abs.
Bosu Balance Trainer
Bosu Balance Trainers are brilliant for a full body workout and help to improve strength, agility and balance. There are so many routines that can be performed on the one piece of equipment such as squats and lunges which are great for the core.
Balance balls are fantastic for abs, and not just bouncing around the gym. Sits ups on a balance ball are much harder on the abs and cause more strain on the muscles meaning they will get stronger and the weight will strip off much quicker.
The Ab Roller allows you to target the rectus abdominis muscle and provide greater support to the neck and head to allow for perfect form. The padded arm rests let you rest and minimise stress when doing crunches. This is great for people who struggle with the form of their crunches or have neck and shoulder pain. Be sure not to rock when performing crunches though as this will not put any strain on abs at all.
Pull Up Bar
Pull up bars are not just for upper body strength for shoulders, biceps and back muscles. They really help to promote core abdominal strength and are easily placed into any doorway in the home. They can also be used for leg raises which really help get that much wanted six pack.
Ab Wheels are great for people who have a good level of core strength as perfect form is essential when using it in a workout. This simple wheel is used by getting on your knees and rolling the wheel out in front of you on the floor until you are parallel with the floor, and the slowly rolling back up to complete one repetition.
Rowing machines are fantastic for general cardiovascular fitness as well as the abs. The constant flexion allows for the abs to be heavily targeted for an extended period of time which helps to burn fat and build muscle.
Decline Workout Bench
A staple workout bench is great for decline crunches or sit ups and can be easily stored and used for hundreds of exercises for other muscle groups as well.
Exercise bands are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment that can be used for a whole body workout. They are great for adding extra tension to the muscles and make workouts that little bit harder by putting a little more strain on the muscles, which promotes fat loss and muscle build.
Vibrating Abdominal Belts
These belts are worn just as you would a normal weight lifting belt and send small shocks of electricity to the abdominal muscles, making them contract and relax and emulate a tough workout. The results of using these belts are ambiguous as it works for some people but not others.
All of these great abdominal exercise products can be found in the Sporting Goods section on eBay.
Top Abdominal Exercises
Abdominal muscles are some of the hardest muscles to grow and lose fat from so it is vitally important to work on the abs two to three times a week to really help weight loss and build core strength. Diet is one of the main reasons that people do not get the results they want when training so it is important to research this. Some of the best abs exercises are tough and can really help to grow the muscles and promote fat loss. Some of the best ab exercises are:
Using a tilted workout bench, lie on the bench and with your hands supporting your head, slowly lift your trunk until you are completely upright and slowly move back down. Doing this slowly will really help to burn fat and build muscle as it is making the muscles work that little bit harder and helps to promote perfect form.
Hanging Leg Raises
Using a chin up bar, hang from the bar and lift your knees up to your chest slowly to target the lower abs. Be careful not to swing as this will not work the muscles properly and is basically a cheating way to get the repetitions required.
Squats with kettle bells are one of the best exercises out there. They build muscle and burn fat from the legs, core, back and shoulders so are fantastic for all round fitness. Hold the kettle bell to your chest and squat until your thighs are 90 degrees in relation to the floor and then push back up for one repetition. This will really burn but the results will speak for themselves.
Using the kettle bell, stand up right with the kettle bell in one hand and lean to the side slightly from the hips and then come back up. This will really work on the obliques of the abdomen. Be sure to do high reps and weights you are comfortable with to get the best results.
Get into the press up position and instead of stabilising yourself with your hands, do so with your elbows and keep the muscles tight and straight for 30 seconds.
How to Buy Abdominal Exercise Equipment on eBay
There is a large range of abdominal exercise equipment available on eBay. Type 'ab roller' into the search bar at the top of any eBay page and a search page with Ab Rollers will appear. Buy these items in the following ways:
* Bidding- Just like buying in an auction, bid for products with your best offer for that item. It is easy to increase all offers at any time until the listing has finished. The bidder with the highest bid will then be the owner of the item after they have paid for the item.
* 'Buy it Now'- To save time, find the abdominal exercise equipment you want and buy it at a 'Buy it Now' price. Searches can be filtered by auction and 'Buy it Now' posts in the search results page on the left hand side of the page.
Listings can be filtered by using the advanced search results page. Results can be narrowed down by ''Any of these words,'' ''All of these words,'' or ''Exact phrase.'' Search in ''All Categories'' to start a search as well.
There is a large range of abdominal exercise equipment available and it is important to consider what exercises you will feel comfortable with and where you will do these exercises. Using the items correctly will help you to get fitter and make your core strength so much better. Be sure to track your progress with the latest fitness trackers like the Jawbone UP. All of the items shown in this guide can be found in the Exercise and Fitness category on eBay.