Monday, June 05, 2006

Ab Exercise Equipment

Every day in the morning at around five am, I crawl out of my comfortable bed to head to the gym. Don’t get me wrong. I love going to the gym as much as the other guy! Especially since it gives me the opportunity to shed all those calories that I gain guzzling bear with friends! And the glances from the girls are an added incentive. I enjoy the warm up sessions, the treadmill and most of all the weights and the multi station.

Doing bench presses with my buddy is one of the highs of my day. But if there is one piece of equipment I cannot stand, it is the ab exercise equipment. I have a theory that this particularly nefarious invention was the by product of an evil mind. A mind that was intent on torturing the fellow human being! As any ardent gym goer will tell you, weights are fun and push ups bearable, but using the ab exercise equipment is pure hell!

To be honest, I’ve tried my best. I really have! I go to the ab exerciser equipment each day, with a certain amount of dread no doubt, and submit myself to the excruciating agony of doing ab crunches. I don’t know if there is anything wrong with me or with the particular brand of ab exercise equipment in my gym, but I can never seem to get beyond two, or if I stretch myself, three sets. And even then, I find myself pooped, breathless and writing in agony at the end of the session.

Since using the ab exercise equipment in the gym was getting me nowhere, I decided to try and buy some other ab exercise equipment that I could use in the privacy of my home. At least then, my fellow gymmers would not have cramps from laughing so hard, seeing me struggle with the ab exercise equipment at the gym! So, I went and got myself this nifty little piece of ab exercise equipment called the ‘tummy trimmer’. Basically, it is a cardio-based ad exercise equipment that uses tension of springs to help the ab muscles work out. I brought it home with great glee, switched on my favorite exercise music, got into my track suit and gave it a try. If anything, it was much worse and a whole lot more painful than using the ab exercise equipment in the gym. During the first session with my own ab exercise equipment, I managed to sprain my back, pull a ligament or two and even pinch the flesh on my thighs with the high tensile springs!

It was worse than being wounded. Wounds I can understand. It was more like being mutilated by my own piece of machinery! I had never imagine that using home based ab exercise equipment could be so hazardous to my health! But the scars that first session left me with, forced me to believe that it was true. So it was back to the good old ab exercise equipment in the gym. While I’ve still not managed to get beyond three sets, at least I’m not being mauled by the equipment. And if my buddies can get a few laughs in the process, why not?

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