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Best New Home Ab Machines 2015 - Review the Latest
A Look at My Favorite Ab Machines on the Market from 2014 - 2015
If you're looking to get the beach body you've always wanted, then you're going to have to work for it. That being said there's a smart way and an easy way to get this done. We all know that the trick is diet and exercise, but machinery is important as well. For me I prefer to use something that specifically targets the area I have the most trouble with, my abs.
In order to target that area consistent workouts, proper body form, and the right machine are pivotal. Here's a look at some of the most popular ab machines on the market right now and my thoughts on each.
Remember that while using these products having the right form will also lead to success. Be sure to read the manual in addition to what I have to say below before getting started on any active workout regimen.
5 Good Ab Machines for the Money
Cheap but Effective Ab Machine - Duo Exercise Wheel
My Dad has used this every day of his life and now that he's 65 he still has a six pack. This wheel will give you not only stomach strength, but upper body strength as well. The smooth action of the wheel makes for a good, smooth workout for your abdominals.
The is made to give you a lot of stability; the wheel is made from plastic, not rubber which would be ideal, but it also won't break the bank either. The handles are molded for grip which could be an issue for people with different shaped hands. Everlast Duo Exercise Wheel
One solution to this is to buy some foam to put over the top of the handles to keep your hands from hurting.
This will give you an intense workout and at first you might not be able to do many repetitions, but be patient and you will slowly start to see your strength build so you can do more. Beginners may want to start by having their knees on the ground and work up to more stringent routines.
Overall if you've got about $50 to spend, then this machine should be at or near the top of your list. It's durable, inexpensive, and very effective. Another good option in this category is the Ab Carver Pro (shown below).
A slightly more expensive version:
Ab Rocket Twister Abdominal Trainer
Ab Rocket Twister Review
This chair is designed to work your upper and lower abs, along with your obliques. The backrest is padded with massage rollers that will move with your body. The seat is also padded and will twist and turn so you can target your lower abs and get more core strength.
There are three different resistance levels to help you get the right workout. You also get four DVD's to help you with your workouts and diet. The manufacturer states that with just five minutes a day you will be on your way to a great stomach.
Some users actually state that this machine is better for a beginner or for elderly people who need more core strengthening. The Ab Rocket Twister Abdominal Trainer is easy to assemble and is comfortable to sit on. Some people have said that they hurt afterwards or that it didn't feel like it was working right.
You must realize that any machine will require you to read the instructions and follow the guidelines so you are getting the workout it was designed for. As long as you are using your tool the right way, you should find this to be a good machine for your gym; and it doesn't take up a lot of space either.
Ab Lounge Sport
Don't be fooled by the name Lounge, you will not be lounging in this thing at all! This is a nice chair that supports the body well but focuses on the abs. With the jackknife design, you get full range of motion. Being able to bend backwards makes a good back and ab stretch before or after your workout; it feels very good! The Ab Lounge Sport is a machine that I personally own and it has done a lot for me. Many users complain that it doesn't give a good workout but what most people fail to do is tighten and squeeze their stomachs while using it. Or they grab the strap at the top and use their arms to pull them forward instead of their abs. If you just rock back and forth, you will get no results and that is easy to do.
You must be mindful while using this machine. This chair will hold up to 275 pounds and was made to be very sturdy. Other complaints about this chair have been that folding it up for storage can be a bit cumbersome; it might be a better fit for someone who can leave it up all the time and just jump in and out of it when they are ready to workout. Buyers should be aware that the canvas cannot be replaced so you must care for it well so you don’t need to buy a new machine. I’ve had mine for five years now and have seen no wear on the canvas at all; so as long as you treat your equipment with care, you should be able to use this for a long time.
Top Rated Ab Machines 2014
Ab-Doer Twist Abdominal Trainer
This is a machine that you can also use while seated. You then move with a swivel motion that will help you shed the fat off your abs. But the benefits don't stop there! You also get a workout for your inner and outer thighs, hops and buttocks. This machine was made to be very sturdy with heavy gauge steel parts.
The entire device was made to be ergonomically correct to eliminate any injuries while using it. While not in use, you can fold it down and tuck it somewhere out of sight.
It will work for all fitness levels and hold a weight of up to 300 pounds. Many users felt that there was not enough resistance with this machine. However, many other users said that it isn't as much about resistance as it is repetitions.
If you like having high resistance with fewer repetitions, then the Ab-Doer Twist Abdominal Trainer may not be for you. But even so, you can hop on this thing and do lots of repetitions within just 5-10 minutes and still you will get a decent workout. A fun feature is the massage roller that will give you a therapeutic massage while working out. Assembly isn't overly complicated but it does take a little bit of work to get it together.
ProForm Ab Glider
With this piece of equipment, you get two different motions for your workouts - a circular burn and an arc crunch. This dual motion technology is great for burning more calories. It is on a 180 degree rotation track that will give you smooth lateral motion and it also locks in place for vertical motion workouts. It was made with a strong sturdy steel frame for more durability.
The off-the-floor workout means that your neck and back are completely supported. It comes with workout DVDs and a weight loss eating guide. A drawback might be that the ProForm Ab Glider Sport Ab Machine takes most users around an hour to assemble once they first get the machine. Something else you might want to consider when purchasing this is how tall you are. Some users also say that having adjustable handlebars would be an even bigger benefit.
There have been some complaints from very short people who don't seem to do well on it and find it uncomfortable. Make sure you watch the video because this machine can do more than you think it can. For instance, you can also workout other parts of your body than just your abs; users have found that they get a more complete workout after watching the instructional videos. Overall, this machine seems to give people the results they are looking for.
Perfect Ab Straps
Users love these straps because they are well made and work well. You get entire upper and lower workout for abdominals and it attaches to any pull up bar you might already own; otherwise, the company sells one you can buy separately. It will also support people up to 300 pounds. It comes with a quick release carabineer so you can remove it easily. They are thickly padded for comfort and have heavy duty nylon straps.
You should be aware that the Harbinger 371000 Deluxe Ab Straps are probably best used by people who have upper body strength. This would not be recommended for beginners. But if you are looking to add something to your fitness plan, then consider these; they are small and easy to store so it also makes a great option for people who do not have the living space for a big piece of equipment.
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