Ab Circle Pro Featured by Fitness Celebrity Jennifer Lee

by Theresa on August 3, 2009 · 9 comments

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

Advantages

  • 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.

Disadvantages

  • 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....

  1. One report of the screws in the lower section of the circle showing signs of wearing through.
  2. 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.
  3. The circle began to crack.
  4. Ball bearings in knee pads came unglued.
  5. Bar holding knee pads together keeps popping out.
  6. Red paint starting to flake off.
  7. The rocking motion was a struggle and it appeared to be breaking down on the rollers.
  8. People opening the box and finding various parts missing.

Click Here to find Ab Machines on Amazon that actually work and are reviewed by consumers



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...

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1 maurie d'andrea November 8, 2009

Have used the machine for less than 2 minutes.It is a disaster!Middle lock pin dislodges.Swing arm loosens immediately after 30 seconds.The website assistance says they will return email complaint within 48 hours.That was 4 days ago.Still waiting!
Honestly it is poorly made.Avoid at all cost.

2 Theresa November 8, 2009

Oh geeze! Thanks so much for reporting this Maurie…Guess another fitness product bites the dust. :(

3 Jock Strap April 19, 2010

Of course you have to diet as well as exercising!!! If you eat 5000 calories a day and work off 50 through exercise you will end up huge… There is no easy solution to loosing weight and getting toned other than hard work and will power. Come on people, use your brain and stop being nieve. These products are just tools to help you loose weight and tone up but you have to do the work yourself, the machines won’t do it for you!!!!

4 Matt July 6, 2010

I was recently given an ab circle machine…it was in the box, brand new. I put it together last night…a 6 year could do it in less than 5 minutes. I went ahead and used it for a couple of minutes last night. This morning I actually watched the instructional video and did the short (3min) workout and could feel the tightness in my obliques from the night before. I have to restrain myself from using it too much right now as I can feel my abs sqeezing as I go back and forth. What I worry about is the wear. I can already see the gray pain wearing off around the rim. Is there a lubricant that I should use to minimize the wear? I know it says to wash with soapy water, but does that help?

5 Theresa July 7, 2010

That’s a good question but to be honest with you I’m not really sure. It’s unfortunate but I’ve heard that what you’ve experienced is a common problem. Can you get through customer service at all? I put the link above. If you find the number busy then I would try to email them.

6 Abby March 2, 2011

I have read many mixed reviews about the ab circle pro. However, one great tip that I have come across is that if you find for sale a new ab circle pro, make sure you get the extended 1 year warrantee. That way, if you do happen to have issues with the equipment, you can get it fixed or exchanged.

7 whitney sandberg November 7, 2011

hi! I was just wondering if this machine is really affective? And is it quiet?

8 Theresa November 9, 2011

From what I heard it’s not been getting very good reviews. It’s actually quite noisy from what I heard. I’ve added the new Consumer Report video so you can see the review.

9 abey gunaratne January 10, 2013

I bought a Ab Circle Pro about 1 yr ago and the Ball bearings in knee pads got cracked and the balls came out. could you send me a set of ball bearing or tell me from where i could by a ball bearing

abey gunaratne
393 stephensons rd
mt waverley , vic 3149
0405310077