The Airslant Bodyslant Inflatable Slant Board is perfect for anyone to do to ab exercises. It is inflatable, weighs almost nothing, and takes up almost no space when it is standing on end, or even laid down on its side against a wall. This remarkable self-maintenance tool allows you to comfortably lay down with your feet above your head, simply and easily.
Ab Exercises Using the Slant Board
People who do ab exercises frequently sought out new or more challenging methods to work muscles to avoid reaching a fitness plateau. With a slant board, it helps avoiding a plateau. When exercising on a slant board, you work against gravity by performing upward exercises on the board. Alternatively, angling your body to make a resistance exercise work the muscles different ways. You will need to warm up with five to ten minutes light cardio exercise before beginning.
You can perform ab exercises such as crunches and sit-ups on an exercise slant board. From a decline position, you add intensity to each exercise, as long as your slant board has a device at the top which you can secure your feet. Alternatively, have an exercise partner or two hold your ankles. Perform leg raises from an incline position by grasping the board or a secure object positioned near your head. Keep your legs as straight as possible as you raise them until they’re roughly perpendicular to the floor. You can also do leg raises with the exercise slant board declined at a shallow angle.
A slant board may be as simple as a long board propped up at an angle with straps near the high end to secure your feet. A high-tech board may have braces at the top through which you hook your feet and it may be adjustable so you can change the angle. In effect, an adjustable or incline exercise bench performs the same functions as a slant board. You can also make your own slant board from a long, sturdy ironing board or a wooded plank 5- to 6-feet long and 18 inches wide. Prop one end of your homemade slant board against a chair or another piece of furniture to set the angle.
Use the Exercise Slant Board to also target the following areas of your body:
You can do chest workouts on a slant board, which targets different areas of your chest. By angling the board between 30 and 45 degrees, lie on the board with your head higher than your feet. This focuses on your upper pectoral muscles. Just lie with your head on the board’s lower end to clearly define your lower chest. Do the exercises, such as bench presses and flyes, using the regular methods you usually would do on a flat bench. Perform presses by pressing the weight straight up to the ceiling no mater of the angle of the exercise slant board.
Work Arms and Shoulders Using the Exercise Slant Board
With the exercise slant board, you can perform a biceps curls workouts from an inclined position on the board. Work your triceps with extensions or close-grip bench presses. You’ll perform extensions differently, depending on your position. If you’re using a dumbbell from an inclined position, for example, hold the weight above your head with your arms extended, then bend your elbows to lower the weight below your head. From a declined position, begin with your arms straight and the weight above your middle chest. Flex your elbows and lower the weights to the sides of your head. Perform incline front or lateral raises to work your shoulders.
The Exercise Slant Board Targets the Back
To emphasize your back muscles on a slant board, you’ll typically lie face down with your toes on the floor. To perform a reverse lateral dumbbell raise, for example, hold a dumbbell in each hand, then extend your arms around the board so the weights are in front of your chest. Begin with your palms facing each other. Maintain your elbow bend as you raise the weights up and to each side until the top plates are almost at shoulder height. You can do a dumbbell incline Y raise from the same position, but you’ll begin with both arms hanging straight down toward the floor. Lift each weight up and to the side, keeping your arms straight, so your torso and arms resemble a Y shape.
Exercise Slant Board Features and Reviews
With the inflatable exercise slant board’s rise at the feet is approximately 15″ to 16″ above the floor, depending on how much air you allow in the unit when inflated. It is perfect for anyone to safely begin a practice of Inversion Therapy or ab exercises in the comfort of your own home, and it’s convenient for any amount of time you choose to use it.
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