Cutting Edge Fitness - Trainer Tutorial
Introduction for new clients: The Abdominal machine
works the muscles that flex your torso forward from your hips. Abdominal strength
is essential for good posture, balance and breathing. These muscles are usually
referred to simply as the abs.
Targets Rectus Abdominis, Internal and
External Obliques, Transversus Abdominis
the weight pin.
- Set the seat position and then seat the client:
or lower the seat bottom using the brake lever on the right side.
a new client, set the seat to its highest position (1) and you can adjust it downward
if necessary after the client is seated. (But to raise the seat you will have
to ask the client to stand up.) The seat height is correct when the client leans
back and the shoulder blades make contact with the upper back pad.
the client to hang their feet over the front of the foot pads (not behind them).
The feet do not have to make contact with the floor.
- Tell the client to
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Use and Cues
newer clients review the movement pattern: Take hold of the handles, resting
the elbows on the elbow pads so that pressure can be applied to to both the elbow
pads and the handles. Keep your head stable or tilted slightly toward the chest
- do not move it during the exercise. Lock your upper body to the weight arm using
your hands and elbows, but do not pull on your hands. Crunch forward using your
abs and avoid pulling on the handles. Toward the end of the crunch, the elbow
pads will rotate back and away from your elbows, and the back pad will slide down
slightly on your back- continue to crunch with your abs and try not to pull on
the handles. Beginning with the third rep, try to hit the bumper at the bottom
and squeeze for a couple of seconds before beginning to lower the weight.
to the right side of the machine, where you can see both the client's full range
of movement and the weight stack.
- Count down and begin.
your head stable.
- Do not turn your head to look at the weight stack or
- Focus on your abs.
- Lock your upper body to handles
but do not pull down with your arms or lats.
- Squeeze for a couple of seconds
at the bottom (beginning with the third rep).
- When the client
can no longer move the weight smoothly, optionally provide resistance:
the workout log, note the total time, any weight adjustments for the next use
of the machine, and any other significant points or observations.
yourself to the side of the machine with your right hand on the movement arm near
the elbow pad or the handle (do not interfere with the client's hand or elbow
- Press up applying resistance during the negative phase, and
tell the client that they must push as hard as they can for 10 seconds.
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