I bet you’d love to have those dreamy abs as much as I do. Well, this little instrument will make it possible.
Also known by its adrenaline-infused moniker of the power tower, the captain’s chair is probably the best machine you can build your abs on if you’re desiring that perfect Hollywood washboard abs look. However, there are some tricks to using it, and not all models are equally effective. A captain’s chair well-used will get you a dream body, but used poorly and you’re just tiring yourself out pointlessly. Don’t go into your exercise routine ill-informed!
The machine is named for its resemblance to a chair, with armrests and a backrest, although it’s operated from a standing position without a seat. In a gym, you’ll see expensive models worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But a lighter-framed variant for casual home use will only cost around a hundred dollars in most stores. It is fairly bulky, and so you should plan out a space for it if intend to put one in your home.
To accomplish the primary ab-oriented exercise of the captain’s chair, one’s weight is balanced on the arms and back against the rests, while the legs are bent and lifted up till the knees are above the arms. So don’t do this one if your arms are weak! Your back should also be firmly planted on the rest and stable, or it can be strained easily. Most models will offer handles on the armrests to help with stabilization.
Once you’re in the right position and doing the exercise appropriately, it will only be a few reps before you feel the tension in your abs. As with all exercises, don’t overdo it. Instead, take a break between every set of reps, and don’t work your abs every single day.
If you’re self-conscious about your fat levels, you may also need to lose weight before you get the abs you want. The captain’s chair is a versatile machine that can offer a number of exercises, but unfortunately cardio-based ones aren’t among its repertoire. But cardio is one of the easiest exercise types to work into anyone’s lifestyle. Although time-consuming, it requires no real equipment to do properly. Even just a little jogging on a weekly basis can do a lot for weight loss. And the faster you shed those pounds, the faster you can see the muscles your abs are developing. So long as you remember to not expect more out of your body than it can give you under its environment, you’ll never be disappointed with your abs.
Dr. Michael Allen
Fitness Instructor & Fat Loss Factor Founder