The Ab Mat
Strong abs go hand-in-hand with a strong back. Get total trunk protection with the ultimate core trainer, the AbMat!
The AbMat is a totally one-of-a-kind abdominal exerciser and core trainer because it offers:
The full range of motion necessary to work the entire abdominal muscle group. Crunch exercises and most equipment fall short of the AbMat!
A variety of exercises that isolate upper and/or lower abs, as well as the obliques and lower back muscles.
A safe, comfortable design contoured to your lower back to provide support and to help prevent injury.
One size fits all! There is no need to worry about height and weight differences between users.
No more balancing! Unlike fitness balls, the AbMat won't roll or wobble on you, so you can focus on your workout
A compact, portable design that requires no set-up or tear-down. Take it with you anywhere!
The ScienceEMG Comparison of Various Abdominal Conditioning Exercises
W.A. Sands, J.R. McNeal, F.Koch, Motor Behavior Research Laboratory
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
An electromyographical investigation was undertaken to compare the activity of the upper and lower rectus abdominus during the execution of several common abdominal conditioning exercises. Surface EMG recordings were collected at a sambling rate of 100 Hz, amplified and the average root-mean square calculated in 13 active college age subjects.
The average of three trials of each exercise was used for analysis. It was discovered that the nature of the EMG recording for each exercise fell into one of two descriptions, a signal described by continuous, relatively low amplitude activity throughout both concentric and eccentric portions of the exercise. The exercises were therefore compared only with those demonstrating the same characteristic EMG recording. It was found that within the continuous-activation group of exercises, the upper rectus abdominus showed no significant differences between the typical flay-lying crunch (FLC), ab-roller exercise (ROL), Ab Mat™ (Mat), and ab-roller combined with Ab Mat™ (MROL) exercises. The lower rectus abdominus however showed that the MAT elicited greater activation than the ROL and MROL, and the FLC was greater than the MROL. The full situp (FSU) and the Ab Bench™ (BEN) EMG recordings were characterized by higher amplitude, discrete phasic activation. The FSU elicited significantly greater activation in both the upper and lower portions of the rectus abdominus than the BEN. The major finding of this study was that abdominal exercises do not have similar EMG patterns, and therefore consideration should be given as to how to properly compare activities with differing patterns.