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The Ab Swing allows you to workout your abs in an upright position off the floor. This may be a more comfortable ab workout for some, especially those who have difficulty getting down to the ground for a standard crunch. You can work your whole midsection with exercises on the Ab Swing.
This exercise targets the main ab muscle, the rectus abdominis. Sit on the Ab Swing cushion and grasp the handles. Place your feet in the foot rests. Exhale as you lift your legs and pull your chest towards your knees. Try to hold this crunched position for a count before releasing. Inhale as you reverse the motion in a slow, controlled manner.
The leg raise on an Ab Swing machine targets the lower portion of the abdominal muscle. Sit in the Ab Swing. Place your hands on the handles and your feet in the foot rest. For this exercise, hold your upper body still throughout the movement. You may move your chest slightly, but do not actively curl your chest towards your knees as you did for the basic ab swing crunch. Exhale and lift your legs until they are about parallel to the ground. Slowly lower your legs back to the starting position.
Work your side abs with this Ab Swing exercise. Sit in the Ab Swing. Angle your legs to the right. This will place more weight on your right buttock. Grasp the handles and place your feet in the foot rests. Lift your legs then lower them in a slow, controlled motion. Complete all the reps on your right side, then switch sides.