The ab lounger is a remarkable exercise machine that utilizes the user’s own energy to work the abdominal muscles. Also known as an ab lounge, this abdominal exerciser can be quite effective at toning stomach muscles, including lower abdominals and obliques. Many health enthusiasts say ab loungers offer targeted results with reduced physical effort.
The basic structure of an ab lounger is a sling-type chair suspended over a folding metal framework. There are two bars to support the feet or legs, and two handholds to grip while the exercise is performed. Exercises consist of deep crunches and wide extensions which are made more comfortable through the support of the seat. The user may also extend the arms above the chair or extend the legs beyond the footholds in order to work muscles in the limbs and upper abdomen.
The ab lounger promotes an extreme jack-knife range of motion that is not possible when doing floor exercises. The ab lounger allows the user to extend his/her body further, allowing the abdominal muscles to extend and contract further. The advanced stretching action promotes faster toning of the stomach and love handles. It also gives the arms and leg muscles a good workout.
For many, the most appealing aspect of the ab lounger is in being suspended. Doing crunches or sit-ups on a hard floor can be off-putting, but the ab lounger offers a snug ride that cradles the user like a hammock. It is a simple abdominal exerciser that makes stomach crunches a lot easier to do. Depending on the frequency, duration and intensity of the workout, some will notice a tightening effect in the obliques and lower abdominal muscles in as little as two weeks.
The ab lounger is generally sold unassembled, and no special tools are needed to assemble it. The parts and instructions are all included. The average time to put together an ab lounge is around 20 minutes. Depending on the specific model, ab loungers can cost approximately $75 to $350 US Dollars (USD). It is a relatively inexpensive purchase, compared to some sturdier abdominal exercisers that can cost $1,000 USD or more.
There are many reputable stores selling ab loungers. Online stores make it possible to compare models and prices to get a good fit for every taste and budget. Department stores and sporting goods stores sell ab loungers too. There are even television commercials for ab loungers hosted by satisfied celebrity health enthusiasts.