Abs are made in the kitchen! There’s no way for you to get them to show if you don’t get your diet right, and lower your body fat. But, that doesn't mean you shouldn’t train abs, they are essential for athletic performance. And, by increasing their size, you will see them sooner, creating bigger separation between ab muscles. Here is what gym equipment you can use to train them better:
Ab wheels are a phenomenal way to train abs as they promote stability, but also stretching under tension, which is one of the best ways to trigger muscle growth. Ab wheels are also inexpensive, making them an essential piece of home gym equipment. Doing ab wheel rollouts will give you a tremendous ab workout, making those muscles burn.
Besides pull-ups and chin-ups, horizontal bars that you can hang from are an awesome piece of exercise equipment for working out abs.
By doing hanging leg raises, windshield wipers, or similar abdominal exercises you get to work your lower abs, but also obliques. These groups of muscles are often underdeveloped, at least when compared to your upper and middle abs. And best of all, to do them you don’t need anything fancy, a good old pull-up bar will do.
These benches are specifically made with ab training in mind. They put you in a negative incline position, which allows you to hir abs better, as it pushes your weight against gravity. Also, it is quite easy to increase the tension, by holding a plate over your chest. Situps are the core of any ab training, as one of the main functions of these muscles is to help the spine flex. Situp bench will only make the exercise even better.
Barbell with plates
There are so many things you can do with a loaded barbell or plates, to target abs directly. Landmine rotations, barbell rollouts with a barbell, or Russian twists, weighted crunches, just with a plate. Best of all, any gym has barbells, and you can use them for an abundance of exercises, doing your whole workout at once.
Any cardio machine will help you burn fat, which will make those abs show. But, no amount of cardio or ab workouts can outperform a lousy diet, so make sure you get that right. As for cardio machines - anything will do, but if you want something that is especially good for abs, it’s rowing. Jump on an ergometer, and start rowing. This is total-body cardio, and 15 minutes will do wonders. Any commercial gym with good equipment in Ireland has one. But if yours doesn't, a simple treadmill will do.
The truth is that for a great ab workout, you only need your bodyweight, and to be creative. The possibilities and variations are endless. Just make sure to hit all sections of abs, not just upper. If you want to push your workouts further, yes, you can use some equipment and other gym accessories. It will certainly make things more interesting.
But, as we said, it all comes to proper dieting and reducing that body fat. Abs training only supplements that, making your abs more visible, but it won’t uncover them in the first place, only diet will.