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Ab Circle Pro Introduction
Who doesn’t want washboard abs? Unfortunately, crunches are the only true way to achieve them. Do not listen to advertisements that suggest one product over another. The fact is, if you want perfection, you have to suffer for it and crunches are your answer. However, there is ab workout equipment that hastens the process, getting you results sooner, so you stay motivated for longer. The Ab Circle Pro is one such equipment.
I will be the first to tell you that this is not meant to be a standalone product. Do not get swayed by all the flashy adverts and ripped models you see promoting the Ab Circle Pro. They invested a lot into the commercials and wanted to sell. To me, it is how much value a fitness equipment brings to your overall health and exercise plan that decides whether it enters my list of recommendations or not. With regards to that, the Ab Circle Pro does a decent job and hence gets my nod of approval.
This ab machine is built from steel and uses a frictionless track to pivot your body from one side to another as you hold onto the handles. It is the undulating motion of the machine that targets your oblique and abdomen muscles. I won’t talk much about the extra stuff this machine ships with since I find them useless for serious users.
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- Friction-free track lets you pivot your body to work ab muscles
- Challenges your upper, middle, and lower ABS and oblique's
- Three resistance levels; folds up for easy storage under a bed
Ab Circle Pro Review
As a personal trainer, my clients respond well to most routines except floor exercises. Those with some core strength quickly begin appreciating the returns they get from floor exercises, but for most who have never worked on their cores, floor routines can become a killjoy.
I first started experimenting with the Ab Circle Pro after watching an infomercial. At first, I was skeptical since there was hardly any resistance training involved and without resistance training, I feel abdominal training never really hits the mark. However, at the time one of my clients was having a hard time targeting his sides. I decided to get the Ab Circle Pro for him and test whether my assumption holds.
Personally, when I got on the Ab Circle Pro, it took a full five minutes before I could feel the effects on my side abdomen muscles. That is too much time considering how quickly you feel the effect using no equipment but just your own body weight. When my client used it, he immediately began feeling his sides. By the fifth minute his forehead was covered in sweat, and he begged for a quick minute of reprieve.
Over a period of one month, he used the Ab Circle Pro, and by the second week, he was able to perform a few floor and standing exercises that target the sides without losing his wit. That was when it hit me – the Ab Circle Pro targets home users with absolutely no physical activity. The Ab Circle will help introduce some core strength in an individual who has never worked out in his or her life, without stressing the back and other core muscles.
Today, I use the Ab Circle Pro on a regular basis for all my clients though I no longer use it in my personal routines. While it works great with beginners, pro users will gain zero to little advantage. However, you can try incorporating it into your daily schedule. For instance, alternate this machine with side plank crunches, wipers and side jack-knives. The swivel motion will help relax the side muscles while still straining them enough to prepare for the next set of exercises.
There are a few things I hate though. For starters, the pads and grips are inferior in quality, and I had to fashion knee pads out of foam just to keep my first Ab Circle Pro productive. The swivel motion puts a lot of strain on the slider surface, and you better keep it oiled every month, or it will rust quickly. Even the paint is subpar as it begins to peel in a couple of months’ time. Nevertheless, for the cost of this machine, the work it does and the ease of use – I would recommend this to any novice but only if he or she pairs it with other abs exercises.
Ab Circle Pro Pros
- The design does not take up a lot of space.
- Frame is sturdy
- The movement will cause no strain to your body or muscles.
- Takes a minute or two to learn how to use the equipment.
Ab Circle Pro Cons
- Only works if done in tandem with other exercises or part of a routine.
- Can be taxing on your knees, especially for those with arthritis or knee damage.
- Needs regular maintenance
- Parts are hard to come by, so DIY knowledge is necessary.
Ab Circle Pro Best Features
- Simple Design – The frame with slider and handle is easy to assemble as most of it comes preassembled with only a couple of connections remaining.
- Ease of Use – Simple sideways movement is easy getting used to. Unlike an ab roller that takes time for a beginner to learn, the Ab Circle Pro is effective for beginners from the first day.
- A Tested Product – Trainers and professionals all use the Ab Circle Pro for its comfort and ease. However, they do not rely solely on the Ab Circle. Remember to use it as part of your training regime.
- Targeted Results – The Ab Circle Pro works exclusively on the sides. Not many machines are designed specifically to target side muscles, and that is where the Ab Circle Pro wins in my books.
Ab Circle Pro Conclusion
Not all ab machines work your muscles to a pulp. Some are designed to be easy for folks who otherwise never exercise. The Ab Circle Pro is one such product. While it works great for folks starting out on the road to perfect abs, it is not a one-stop solution.
The design and function of the Ab Circle are ergonomic though padding and individual components suffer from quality control issues. If it did not retail for less than $60, it would never have made it into my top ten list. As it stands though, this is an excellent product if you want to start working those side muscles but remember to add in your own floor exercise routines for best results.