How to Use the AB Lounge Ultra
The Ab Lounge Ultra can help you stretch and tone your upper and lower abdominal muscles as well as your obliques more effectively than doing crunches on your own. By using the Ab Lounge Ultra, you avoid stressing your neck and back muscles, as you perform your abdominal exercise routine sitting on a chair. Your health will benefit from keeping your abdominal muscles fit. Consult your primary doctor before engaging in a new exercise routine.
Stand next to your Ab Lounge Ultra facing away from the machine and step over the bar that connects the seat to your foot rest. Sit down and center your hips on the seat. Lean back into a reclining position and lift your feet to place them on the foot rests. Next, reach overhead to take hold of the grip handles above your head.
Round your lower back as you exhale, pulling your torso into a curl position, contracting your abs. Pause for a couple deep breaths and upon the third inhale return to your starting position. Repeat this sequence for a total of 12 curls.
Rotate your body by angling your legs 45 degrees to one side and keeping your shoulders facing front to work out your oblique muscles. Repeat the same steps as for the front curls. This will help shape your waist and will add stability to your spine.
Straighten both arms until your forearms end up behind the strap that links the grip handles. Straighten your legs, resting your calves or ankles on the foot rests. Lean back with your torso and legs parallel to the floor and arch your back. Hold the stretch in a relaxed position for up to 30 seconds and release slowly. Breathe deeply as you are holding your stretch.
Try walking for 15 to 20 minutes to warm up and always stretch before and after performing your exercise routine with the Ab Lounge Ultra. Stretching your muscles will make them more receptive to your workout and will also help prevent injury.
Perform each sequence at a slow pace. Allow one to two seconds going into the movement, a couple seconds pause once you have reached your end range of motion and another couple seconds to return to your starting position.
The Ab Lounge Ultra owner’s manual recommends that you have a minimum 3 feet of clearance in front of and behind your equipment and to keep children and pets away from the machine while you exercise.
Martha Premie began writing in 2001. She is a licensed acupuncturist in Asheville, North Carolina, where she also teaches yoga and consults individuals on holistic health and nutrition. She has been published by the "Mountain Express Asheville" and "Take 5." Premie holds a degree in literature from SD Mesa College and a Traditional Chinese Medicine degree from the Daoist Traditions School of Chinese Medicine.