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Cool Fitness Gadget: Gaiam Abs Ball

Everybody wants a slender and toned middle, not only because it makes you feel good in a bathing suit, but also because it prevents back pain. Plain crunches are not the most effective exercise on their own, and to increase the level of intensity, you can add some weight to your ab work. That's where the Gaiam Abs Ball ($40) comes in.

It's similar to using a medicine ball, but the handy handles make it much easier to hold, so you can concentrate more on the exercise, rather than it slipping out of your palms. The ball weighs six pounds and it comes with a 35-minute instructional DVD to show you how to use it. Triathlete Jonathan Roche demonstrates how to define your obliques and abs with both beginner and advanced workouts. Adding a little weight to your upper body really helps to target and strengthen your core. If the 6-lb ball is too easy, you can buy the 8-lb Abs Ball instead.

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amerikanbeanhead amerikanbeanhead 8 years
I use an 8lb medicine ball, but i always start by laying on the floor with my hands holding the ball behind my head and as I come up I throw the ball straight in front of me, catching it and then going back to start position. IDK, just what my trainer told me to do :p
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
lil... Yeah I can see that happening. Maybe she started with a ball that was too heavy. When I first started out I was using a 4 lbs. ball but quickly moved to a 6 lbs. I think there may even be a 2 lbs. Hey w/e works, everyone is different!
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
i agree urban chic but at the same time, if you're doing it wrong you can f up your back really bad like my bff who just started strength training.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
I think I might actually buy this! I have a 6 lbs. medicine ball at home with no handles. But I use the 8 lbs. ball at the gym. Looks like its time to upgrade! I swear by the medicine ball.
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