Ab trainers & back trainers – compact and efficient
Ab trainers & back trainers: effective exercise tools for the home
Simple, space-saving and effective: ab trainers & back trainers are among the most popular exercise devices for home use. Available in many different styles and functions, they help to make your silhouette more attractive and remove excess fat deposits. They are also ideal for helping to prevent back problems, strengthening the entire core and improving postural issues. The range of devices we offer in this category provides options suitable for both targeted muscle building and holistic health promotion.
Which abdominal trainers are available – and how do they work?
There are primarily four common types of abdominal trainers: the curved abdominal/back trainers known as 'ab rockers', ab rollers, abdominal benches and belts. The latter can be used, for example, for TRX suspension training – or as electric belts for passive stimulation. However, this passive type of muscle stimulation is not useful as a sole training method, but should only be used in conjunction with active abdominal muscle training. Ab rockers and abdominal benches are very popular for active training at home. The latter are very similar to the equipment found in the gym and offer many different training options: by adjusting the support angle, the difficulty levels of the exercises can be easily adapted to your own training level. Typically, abdominal benches are used for sit-ups and crunches. Advanced users can expand their training with the bench by using dumbbells, making this type of abdominal training even more effective.
Ab rockers and other floor-based training aids are easy to use for beginners: the metal arches provide a head rest and secure hand grips, facilitating a correct movement during crunches and sit-up exercises. This abdominal trainer also protects the spine. This is ideal for infrequent users and recreational athletes, who could easily injure themselves with unassisted crunching exercises. Ab rollers are best for advanced fitness fans with well-developed back muscles, as good body control and technique are needed.
Why are abdominal trainers useful?
Ab trainers allow you to optimally train a number of important muscle groups. These include the front 'six-pack' ab muscles, which are clearly visible in lean, well-trained individuals. As the antagonists of the back muscles, they are enormously important for healthy, pain-free movement, especially when bending the upper body. The back muscles – or posterior chain muscles – can also be trained using an abdominal trainer. They are primarily important for flexion and rotational movements and also support respiratory movements. In most cases, they only become noticeable when they cause discomfort, for example due to tension caused by incorrect posture or strain due to insufficiently developed back muscles. Last but not least, there are the oblique muscles, at the sides of the torso. These allow the upper body to bend and turn laterally. They are also important for comfortable breathing.
In almost all modern occupations, and also in many leisure activities, these muscles are often stressed improperly or unevenly, or used so little that they waste. The result is pain that is often noticeable in the lower back. It is therefore not just vanity and the desire for a well-defined six-pack that makes many people choose to use an abdominal trainer: these versatile devices also help in eliminating back problems and postural issues. Compared to free exercises without training equipment, training with an abdominal trainer has the advantage that the movements can be optimally controlled, avoiding strain during training.
Exercise correctly with the abdominal trainer
In general, care should be taken during exercises to ensure integrated, holistic training. So instead of working on only one muscle group, it is important to employ different exercises that recruit a range of muscles. In addition to the front rectus abdominis muscles that form the famous six-pack, exercises for the back and oblique muscles should also be part of the training program. This can help to avoid postural damage that could result from unbalanced training.
It also makes sense to set up a training plan. On the one hand, this creates good motivation that helps you to overcome your inner 'couch potato.' On the other, planning is important in order to avoid overloading and to provide variety in the training sessions when using the abdominal trainer. For example, it is recommended to perform several sets of exercises with at least one to two minutes rest in between. It is also recommended to only perform abdominal training every other day to give the body enough time to regenerate, at least in the beginning of a training program. Advanced home athletes, however, can use the abdominal trainer daily.