Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Electromyographic Analysis of Abdominal and Low Back Muscle Activity During Core Exercises Performed Conventially and Using a Portable Training Device

K. Sell, J. Ghigiarelli, J. Kitsos, S. Pletz, K. Lengel, N. D’Agostino

The benefits associated with strength training for the abdominal and low back musculature are well established. Commercially available abdominal training devices are common features within exercise facilities, however there is considerable debate over the efficacy of such devices to elicit abdominal muscle recruitment and activation greater than conventional modalities. 

National Strength and Conditioning National Conference
Lee Brandon, CSCS with Research Doctors from Hofstra University
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the abdominal and low back muscle activation generated ruing common abdominal exercises using an abdominal device [the AB-Inforcer, (AI) and a conventional exercise mat (MT)}.