THECLASSICKAT: I definitely know that doing core (ab) workouts can become both boring and mentally annoying. I certainly felt that way about the Bender ball, planks, sit-ups, crunchers, etc. A few years ago I found out about ab straps/sleeves and am firmly convinced that they can be an important part of someone's overall exercise regimen. However, they are not for most people; and I agree with SERGEANTMAJOR that a good, vigorous full-bodied routine will work the core quite well. Probably, many of us spend too much time trying to work the core (abs) when the time could better be spent on more of a full-bodied workout.
I also bought a low-priced Power Tower, and use the dip station to hold my legs out, slightly bent, for a minute or so. It is very similar to a plank, but since I am not using arm supports to hold my weight (gripping the handles only), I am also working the upper body, such as the forearms and triceps.
I also agree that if a person is mentally strong enough, quality trumps quantity. However, if one wants to be in for the long haul (i.e., the rest of his/her life, so to speak), he/she has to hit upon exercising that he/she can enjoy or tolerate for such a long period. I have tried things like High Interval Intensity Training (quality and not time-consuming), but I found out that doing that for very long (a couple of weeks) made me hate exercising. So I do quantity and have been consistently exercising for over 5 years now.
Best of luck!
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