I'm skeptical when it comes to ALL exercise equipment, especially all the "ab" machines available recently. I read a lot of reviews on this one and despite the negative ratings, this one looked and sounded way better than the others. The main idea I walked away with was that it's fun, but make sure you can assemble it before throwing away the box.
Pros: It IS fun! And it's not just your run of the mill ab machine, it works out your whole body AND does cardio. Watch the video, especially the 10 minute "Amazing Abs" video if you're ready for a real workout. It sure got my heart going, my muscles aching, and all in just 10 minutes. No more 30-45 minute workouts that I can't stand to do twice, just 10 minutes and my body was like one wobbly noodle lol.
Cons: You definitely need someone who's handy and has a variety of tools (and doesn't mind dipping their fingers into a bag of grease) to help you put this one together. I got to the eighth screw and couldn't get past it. My dad, with his garage full of tools, was the only way I got this thing together. They do have the option to have someone assemble it for you though, so if you're really stuck, they can help. Another thing that would make this better is to have something to stop your knees from sliding forward on the Knee Pad. After 10 minutes my muscles were tired and I was having trouble not sliding off the thing. I ended up having to use my feet to keep from sliding too far forward. Anyways, it would help. Someone also said something to help keep your legs from falling of sideways would be helpful, but I didn't find this to be an issue for me.
Tips: If you're short like me, I'm 5'1", it makes some of the exercises on the video harder (but not impossible) because they say to have your arms bent at a 90 degree angle and to do that I would have to pull myself way up on the "track" which I'm just not strong enough for yet. You have to make sure to focus on using your abs to do EVERY exercise, after all that's why you bought this thing! So if your abs aren't being worked, you're doing something wrong, it's NOT a flaw in the Ab Glider. You really have to focus on what muscles you are using all the time. At the beginning, I found it difficult to figure out how to do the exercises with just my abs, but it got easier after just a couple reps and when I found my back starting to hurt (another issue with being short), I was really just using the wrong muscles, my posture was wrong, etc. You'll get used to it, what muscles to use when, and you'll be glad you did! And once your abs get stronger, you'll really be able to do the exercises correctly without as much thought ;-)
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