Are you looking to purchase an ab machine, but don’t have any idea as to which one you should go with? If so, then this post will be helpful in that decision, as we will discuss a couple of myths that you can use to judge whether or not an abs machine is right for you, and we will give a suggestion for a cheap, easy-to-use alternative to solve your problem.

First of all, let’s look at the myths surrounding abdominal muscle exercises. Most advertisements that you see for machines for targeting your abs make dubious claims, such as:

“Get great abs in just minutes a day!

Easy ab workouts!”

These are just two very common examples, and each one of these has a major flaw. Can you really get a great ab workout in a few minutes per day or via an “easy” workout? Maybe you can in the world of late-night TV infomercials, but in the real world, it’s not likely.

First, if you want great abs you are going to have to work hard at them and you are going to have to work smart. There are no workouts that do this in three minutes per day.

Second, exercise alone won’t give you the results you’re looking for. You need to combine your workout routine with a proper diet. Doing sit-ups won’t remove the fat just from your stomach, as these sales pitches would have you believe.

Bottom line: if the machine you are looking at makes claims such as these, you may want to consider very carefully whether you really believe them before making an investment of money, time and effort that will leave you frustrated and poorer.

So, is there a good “ab machine”? You can actually get a great, safe abs workout without even purchasing a big machine. If you want a simple but effective abs workout, then just go buy a swiss ball.

Swiss balls are a fun alternative to all the hyped up abs machines on the market. They target your muscles – or allow you to do a better job of targeting them. They’re cheap (less than $30 in most cases), and are very portable and take up very little space.

No, they don’t provide “easy, three minute” workouts, but they do provide workouts that – combined with a good meal plan and your persistent effort – will actually work.