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118 reviews | 4.5 out of 5
Let's get to the main point first: The thing is doing wonders for my stomach after just two weeks. It works really well.
It's fairly quiet as there is no motors. Also as long as you do it right and don't overwork your abs it is pretty low impact.
The downsides are the price, I strongly suggest using Walmart's financing promotions to be able to afford this baby. It is worth the price no matter what but you can't beat 0% interest.
Another downside is the weight and dimensions of the box (Not neccessarily the product!). It's 73 pounds all together which makes for a terrible time loading and unloading the sucker from the store to your truck, and yes you'll most likely need a truck or van. Once you get it where you want and unpackage the product, the weight goes down a fair bit. It's in five pieces and the most heavy one is about 40 pounds. It's the one with the seat attached. If you have problems with lifting, I'm pretty sure you can delegate this one.
As far as putting it together goes, its not too bad. 5 pieces and all the nuts and bolts are already where they should be so its a matter of following the 5 step instruction, unscrewing some of the bolts and reconnecting them with the pieces that fit. Some of the pieces are a little hard to hold together if you're doing it by yourself so I recommend two people make it but I did manage to put it together by myself.
The slight downside is there is a little bit of a learning curve. It takes some effort to figure out how to use the product effectively. My suggestion is to try the position that you think the video is talking about for 10 reps (there is a counter). If your stomach isn't tightening up, change your position slightly and try that for 10. It took me 3 slight position changes before figuring it out.
One major upside - It works better than anything than I've ever seen and it's EASY. A few very easy to live with downsides that stop being downsides after one day. I"m pretty sure you won't regret buying this.
Actually it coasts, but all kidding aside -
I have one and ran across it at the WalMart site to see make sure it's not cheaper here - it's not.
My first job was a Health Club instructor 30 years ago - played college ball...I am pretty obsessed with staying in shape. This is an absolute breakthrough product that is far superior to any core or ab machine to date for a couple of reasons:
1) It allows move sequencing and range of motion to target the greatest amount of core muscles compared to any other exercise. It sort of combines the hanging leg raise that all gymnasts and high level atheletes do exclusively with the standard crunch, but without stress strain and pressure on lower back (which by the way prevents the abs from being worked to failure)
2) It creates a slight decompression on the spine while in use, which actually helps the back.
3) There is lots of high level press and other excellent reviews to back mine up at their website. Including the 2008 FIBO award - an International fitness consortium that rates nearly ALL new products every year.
Anyway - it is not often that a product of this caliber and innovation hits the market - I say "BUY"!!!
I received this product about 2.5 weeks ago. It was very quickly shipped and easily put together (I was able to do it without my husband's help and with my 3 year old running around). Once assembled, I used it immediately with no problem. It is very easy and fun to use - even my 12 year old uses it just for kicks. That being said, you do "feel the burn" after a few reps. It even gets you breathing hard.
I am 34, have a genetic tendency to gain around the middle, have gone through 2 pregnancies - and if that's not enough - both were c-section deliveries. No matter how much weight I lose, I always have the belly pooch. Sit ups on the floor are hard for me because I am a hygienist and we tend to have neck strain issues. I've tried everything through the years without success. This is my last option before a tummy tuck.
I have used this about 10 times in the last 2.5 weeks. (The manual says to always skip a day in between sessions- so with my work out scedule - that's 3x/wk.) I do about 100 reps each time - 30 each side and 40 in the middle. It doesn't take long at all for this many reps and it doesn't hurt my neck. After each session, there is a noticeable difference. I am so excited about the results that I wish I could do it every day instead of skipping a day in between. I look forward to using my Ab Coaster.
You do have to work on form..finding the right position, speed and number of reps for you. I still get sore after the sessions - so I know it's working. My clothes are already fitting better and my husband can definately tell a difference. It's very pricey for me, but it works - so it's worth it. I figure - it's cheaper (and safer) than surgery. So far, I am very pleased with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone wanting a firmer tummy.
Yes, you're right...it's expensive. That being said, it also WORKS!!!! I am loving my results that I'm getting from this machine! I DO recommend watching the instructional video clips on youtube, as they seem better than the one I received with the machine. I use it for just a few minutes about every other day and am getting results! They say you're supposed to "rest" your muscles every other day, but I think I'm going to try using it more often. I don't do a HUGE workout on it, just a few minutes...I also do Kettlenetics for overall fitness, but this machine BLASTS all the other kinds of ab workouts, I think! I LOVE IT!
Bought this because my daughter bought one in Jan.lost 55lbs lots of inches but she didn't measure to start.I have used it for two weeks and have lost 5in over all.Easy to use.Really think you need pick up truck to get as package is rather large and heavy.
My boyfriend bought me this machine less than a month ago for my bday. I love this machine so much, i can see and feel the result. I can see that my stomach is flatter (I am not overweight, i just have a stomach area problem). In fact, i get compliments on my look. other ladies in my house wanted to try it too. i also feel soared after each work out (meaning it works). please watch the instruction video before use because it seemed to be hard to use at first. you have to use your abs to move up and down, not your upper body. I recommend this machine to all the ladies, especially.
very good product! well built and easy to put together.
I'm a personal trainer and so far this machine beats them all! easy to use, easy on joints and back and u feel it! start off slow though, maybe 5-10 and go up from there. Starting off slow will also let u know if ur form is right or wrong. If ur back hurts the next day, ur form is wrong. take it slow and enjoy!!
I love this machine....was a bit hard to put one section together...you need someone to hold it up...and as far as the price....I have bought alot of machines...i have the total gym also...but this one in my opinion...could have been a hundred dollars cheeper...when your working out on the machine...you should know that your arms are going to be stressed and your back to...just do what's comfortable for you...i only did 5 reps..my first day. I've had it for 12 days and i'm up to 25 reps...i do 100 and rest inbetween...
I love this machine.
I was unable to use the Ab Coaster because I am to tall for it. I am 6'1 180 lbs. and when I was using it my rib cage was hitting the arm rest. When I would lean back I couldn't get it to move any. Also it put a lot of pressure on my lower back and I already have enough back pain as it is. If you are short then I can see the equipment working but not for tall people. Also when I put it together the frame was already bent some I guess it got like that during shipping because the box was a little beat up with holes in it.
Back to the old crunch style workouts.
It is not as easy to use as the commercial shows. It is a real workout on the Abs. I have just started a workout routine and I can only do 10 reps at a time. It is difficult, but you can definately feel it working. I have 4 months to get ready for bathing suit weather and I know it is going to work.
This ab coaster is great me & my girlfriend use it and its works well ... I dont regret buying it.....
The ABCoaster took me about 30mins to assemble - pretty easy. It is well built. It works my abdominal area (as advertised); and also importantly keeps me off the floor. I hate exercising on the floor.
The down side of it is the cost. I don't think it is worth $400 - perhaps $300. The other down side is that it is definitely not as easy as what you see on the infomercials or demos. This isn't a child's swing. There is a learning curve to using this piece of equipment effectively. Sitting on your legs as much as possible, top of feet pressed against back of knee pad, keep your back straight, and use your abdominal / thigh area to create your primary rocking motion. If you use your arms to pull you then you are really not working your abs effectively.
I am glad that I own and will definitely use it.
All those smiling people in the infomercials are definitely misleading - this isn't a swing. The slower you go on this product the more benefit you gain from it. It will be interesting to see how things after a couple of months of usage - it does work - I can feel the burn.
Being honest, $400 is expensive, but it's a great machine. It's not for people who are hard core athletic already.
It's for slobs like me with no abs. Worked out a few times already and it's quality and effective.
Okay, I am the queen of ab products and in the past none of them have worked. I ordered the ab coaster hoping it would be different, and guess what, it was. The ab coaster really does work!!! The first time I used it I got up the next day and could tell I had used the product. I also know why they only recommend you use it every other day, because if you use it you will be sore. I have been recommending this to all of my friends.
I love This Ab Coaster!
It is great for people with knee or back problems. I have fibromyalgia and it helps me to loose inches without the pain that I have doing crunches the old way. I researched and Walmart.com was the most reasonable and convenient place to buy the Ab Coaster.
I'm not sure how I feel about this product? I use it everyday. I do between 200-300 reps on it everyday. My abs have not changed at all. I've been only use it for four weeks, but I expected to see a little change. I do cardio at least four times a week and have a balanced diet. I expected better results.
I don't feel the burn in my abs like I would if I had actually did 200 or 300 sit-ups either. At this time, I would not recommend this product.
i have used this product for three weeks now and i absolutely love it !!! it was very easy to assemble. it is well made and easy to use. i actually look forward to working out on it. i am already starting to see results. i am glad i ordered it.
I have always been skeptic with products advertise on TV. This product does what it claims. It definitely works your abs and oblique muscles without straining your back. I love it, but you must eat healthy and include cardio work out to get result.
While the product seems to work like to says, in the ad, it specifies that a "digital rep counter" is included. The wire to hook it up is there, but no digital counter. I was disappointed about that, as was my daughter, whom it was a gift to. When I contacted the AbCoaster customer service, they say that they no longer provide that. But the advertisement on Walmart.com says otherwise. Was just a little disappointed you didn't really get what was advertised.
This is a quality product which is well constructed and has a clever functional design. It does have a learning curve which for me was made more difficult because it is not height-adjustable.
I am 6'5" and my wife is 5'4". We cannot not achieve the same position on the machine as the demo person (who appears to be 5'6" or so) and so had to try (we are still trying) different variations on the recommended postion to get one that works. It would be better if the console and elbow rest were height-adjustable.
Never-the-less this motion is the only ab workout I have found that does not hurt my damaged lower vertebrae in my back and so I am sold.