The good news is that after reviewing all these products, I have found a shortcut method to finding the most effective abs machine. Here’s what I believe it must do to be effective.
- Exclusively Target the Abs – Any machine you get should always target all your ab muscles and even your obliques. For an intensive workout, the machine should engage the intercostals, lower abs, upper abs and oblique muscles. Unless each muscle group is involved from multiple angles, your core will not grow.
- Comfortable for Your Body – Almost all ab machines I reviewed faired pretty well in the adjustability and comfort department. There were some notable exceptions though. Remember that an abs machine should reduce the strain felt on your back and neck, not increase it. A sore back or neck hurts your workouts by introducing gaps in regular routines.
- Complete Motion Range – No matter the method of an abs machine, it should involve full contraction and full stretch.
- Real Claims – Abs machines tend to overstate the facts and exaggerate the truth, but some companies go beyond by spreading false claims and inaccurate data. Do not believe adverts claiming “six packs in five minutes daily!”
- Pay No More Than You Are Comfortable with – You have a budget, stick with it. The majority of ab machines cost less than $100, and naturally, they come with huge claims. Spend wisely and do not get suckered into “try now for free and pay later” schemes.
If you find the product you saw on television here on my website, chances are it works. I spend a lot of time investigating each claim made on TV. In the end, my rankings reflect not just effectiveness and cost but also truthfulness of the advertisements.
Speaking of infomercials, many manufacturers now draw customers by offering their product as part of a grander system. In this system, you get the machine, an exercise plan, and a healthy eating guide. Please, do not decide based on the extras. If it were so easy to stick with a diet plan, routine and time, your uncle would have a flat tummy!