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Ab Lounges have joined the ranks of garage sale fitness equipment, circulating from one pair of hands to another until someone decides to actually blow the dust off and break a sweat. The Ab Lounge itself resembles nothing more than a bizarre-looking chaise lounge, and Tony Little -- the Ab Lounge creator -- was famous for promoting its use as a chair when you're not working out. Its primary purpose, however, is to give you a challenging abdominal workout in a short amount of time -- perfect for a busy professional.
Step over the Ab Lounge so you're straddling it, facing the footrest. Hold onto the Ab Lounge's stationary side handles for balance as you sit down and place both feet on the footrest. Your heels should rest comfortably on the footrest with your legs fully extended, but not locked. If this isn't the case, stand up to adjust the footrest. Loosen the locking knob on the footrest support, adjust the footrest to a better position, then tighten the locking knob and sit down again.
Reach overhead and grasp the hand bars beside or above your head, depending on which Ab Lounge model you have. Inhale and lie back, swinging the Ab Lounge flat.
Keep hold of the hand bars and exhale as you squeeze your abs, "crunching" back up to a sitting position. This completes one repetition.
Aim for a set of eight to 12 repetitions the first time you work out with the Ab Lounge. That's usually enough for any general strength-training exercise, but if you can do more than 12 repetitions with good form, go ahead and build endurance by performing more repetitions. The Ab Lounge doesn't offer adjustable resistance, so doing more repetitions is the only way to make the exercise more challenging.
Add in a twist to work the muscles along the sides of your abs -- the obliques. In the lying-down position, twist your hips to the right -- about a 30- to 45-degree angle. Perform another set of "crunches" in this position to engage those obliques. Once you're done with this side, turn your hips to the left and repeat to work the other side of your obliques.
Use the Ab Lounge for a satisfying abdominal stretch. Just lie flat on the Ab Lounge, arms straight overhead and legs straight. Make sure you stretch to the point of tension, not pain; if the Ab Lounge provides too much of a stretch, you might be more comfortable doing the same stretch lying across an exercise ball.