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Original AbMat

Original AbMat
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Weight: 3.00kg / 6.61lb > See More Info
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The AbMat that started it all, still effectively helping you achieve your core-strengthening goals, either at home or at the gym. Proudly handcrafted in the USA using a high-quality, low compression set foam with a durable vinyl exterior, just as it has been for the past twenty years, the Original AbMat continues to provide the only way to do an anatomically correct sit-up.

By supporting your lumbar spine and eliminating space between your back and the floor, the Original AbMat increases stability while isolating your abdominals for a total core workout, just as inventor Fred Koch designed it to. With the Original AbMat positioned beneath your spine at the start of a sit-up, you get a full stretch of your abdominal muscles, which is impossible to obtain on a flat surface. As you rise, your pelvis is supported, allowing your muscles to fully contract which results in a more thorough and effective workout.

The Original AbMat is ideal for all athletes of every fitness level. But, having proper spine position at the start makes it easier and safer for beginning athletes to execute a proper sit-up while altering the direction of the AbMat and adjusting arm position makes for a more challenging workout for advanced conditioning.

No more relying on momentum to do your sit-ups or risking injury from lack of support, the Original AbMat enables complete range of motion for total core conditioning.


  • Made in the USA
  • Dimensions: 15″ L x 12″ W x 2.5″ H
  • One Size Fits All
  • Easy Portability / No Set-Up
  • Low compression set foam and durable vinyl construction
  • Stable positioning on almost any surface
  • Contoured design for optimal comfort and range of motion on crunches, sit-ups, and other similar exercises

The Ab Mat

The Science

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 sampling 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.

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