The Ab Circle Pro just made its rounds on the Home Shopping Network back in July. This so called "treadmill for your abs" is endorsed by fitness celebrity Jennifer Nicole Lee. The first thing that struck me was the amount of hype created around this ab machine. What better way to get people talking then to create countless promo clips of Jennifer launching the product on Ft Lauderdale beach and of course the testimonials. Who knows if they're real or not. You have to admit the design is somewhat intriguing. Can you really get an ab workout going around in circles like that? Here's a list of the pros and cons of this latest ab trainer device.
What Consumers are Saying About Ab Circle Pro
- Gives you a great workout and you can really feel the burn on your sides and abs.
- It gives a spine strengthening stretch.
- Takes only 3 minutes to put together with an allen wrench.
- Really does give you abdominal and cardio exercise.
- Side-to-side motion focuses on both your obliques and abs.
- Targets your core with a smooth, circular sliding motion.
- Easily converted to work your buns and thighs.
- Three incline positions challenges your fitness levels.
- Folds away for easy storage.
- Small and transportable.
- It’s very challenging to the body and yet a lot fun to swing on.
- Comes with a 1 year limited manufacturer's warranty.
- Please see Mauria's comment below regarding quality control issues.
- If you have bad knees, this is not the machine for you, unless you put some kind of cushion on the knee cups.
- You're body is working out in a way that it's not meant to. Even if you have good knees the weight on it from the exercises puts force on your joints and cartilage.
- Some people are surprised to learn that after the trial offer of $15 it costs $200 total.
- The machine has a weight limit of 275 pounds.
- The knee pads need to be softer and wider.
- If you have any problems with the product it will cost you around $50 to return it.
A few people report that their machines are defective.( I'm assuming its quality control issues in the factory. Not all the machines are like this.) They vary from....
- One report of the screws in the lower section of the circle showing signs of wearing through.
- Screws showing signs of wear and tear and rotation of the knee pads started catching on those screws which end up wearing through the surface.
- The circle began to crack.
- Ball bearings in knee pads came unglued.
- Bar holding knee pads together keeps popping out.
- Red paint starting to flake off.
- The rocking motion was a struggle and it appeared to be breaking down on the rollers.
- People opening the box and finding various parts missing.
Here's a recent Consumer Reports test you might want to watch. It doesn't seem like they are completely unbiased though. They just seemed to have written off all infomercial products.
A Few Tips
- If your knees are sore you might want to use knee pads to keep you're knees in place while exercising.
- Machine slips around while you use it on a bare floor so it's more effective to place it on a carpet.
- It works muscles you don't normally use and during the first few days of getting it you might be tempted to use it. It might be better to start slowly so to prevent from getting stiff and sore.
- Important to read the [tags]ab circle pro[/tags]directions to get the most use out of it.
- The site mentions that you need to regularly check to make sure the screws are tight.
Ab Circle Pro is supposedly made with gym quality steel that will last a lifetime. My biggest worry would be getting a faulty machine and having to spend $50 to send it back. Of course you don't need to spend $200 for this machine just to get in shape. The media does a great job of promoting and making women want a body like Jennifer Nicole. On the other hand people are quick to label all infomercial products especially ab trainers as scams and you can’t judge them all the same. Some people are enjoying the Ab Circle Pro machines and getting results. (The ones that didn’t get the faulty machines) Also please see Maurie's comment below. Have you bought the Ab Circle lately? We'd love to hear how is it working out for you...