Ab Circle Pro sells for $199, Body by Jake Ab Scissor Ultra sells for $159, and the basic “old school” Ab Wheel sells for $10.
The ironic thing is that cheap little ab wheels are more effective than either of these over priced, yet wildly popular, ab machines. The crazy thing is according to the merchant, over 700,000 Body By Jake Ab Scissors have been sold to date.
Who knows how many Ab Circle Pro units have been sold, but it has to be a ton judging by all the recent infomercials on TV late at night or early in the morning.
[Getting flat abs or a a six pack is mainly about diet. The Ab Circle Pro advertises that you do “Cardio & Abs at the Same Time”. Technically they aren’t lying, except that the type of cardio performed will do very little if anything to make a difference.]
I Wish I Had Those Advertisers on My Side (Not Really)
Advertisers are getting better and better. I was shocked at how many Thighmaster units have been sold worldwide. I have read as many as 10 million have been sold since 1988.
I don’t want to necessarily slam these companies for trying to make money, but are they really offering good value for the money? It isn’t that I’m against expensive pieces of equipment.
When I eventually setup a home gym, I will drop a $1,000+ just for an Olympic Bar, adjustable bench, and a power rack…but it will more than payoff over time.
Read This Before Buying Any of These Ab Devices
I am guessing that many people will find this post while researching the “Body by Jake Ab Scissor Ultra” or “Ab Circle Pro” in Google. Anyway, most of the reviews you see in Google towards the top of the page are from affiliates promoting this product…making money when you purchase the product.
I have nothing against making an honest buck online, but in this case, I wanted to save you some hard-earned money.
[Don’t think for a second that these professional fitness models got their defined bodies from these devices. To be honest I think the main spokeswoman’s abs are too defined anyway! I realize that she works hard, but I doubt most women want a mid-section like that.]
You Won’t Lose Weight Using These Devices
The infomercial you just watched was done by professionals…they know how to push emotional triggers in a way that makes you want to buy regardless of price.
The bottom line is that these devices will work your abs a bit, but do very little in the way of helping you lose weight.
Where the “Ab Circle Pro” Results Come From
This disclaimer on the testimonial page says it all…”The complete Ab Circle Pro system includes a reduced calorie diet and regular aerobic exercises…Participants ate a reduced calorie diet and did the Ab Circle Pro workout regularly.”
So in addition to the ab workout (which was suppose to be cardio at the same time as the ab workout)…the participants did extra cardio. They also reduced their calories. The diet is the real reason behind the fat loss and the cardio helped a bit as well.
The Ab Circle Pro played a very marginal role in the results you see on TV as well as the website.
$10 Ab Wheels Will Do A Better Job Tightening the Mid-Section
At almost any sporting good store or places like Sears or Target, you can find Ab Wheels. They range from $8-$100. Don’t go for the expensive ones…I have had a cheap little plastic ab wheel for close to 10 years and it has served me well.
The key with this simple piece of equipment is that your mid-section is doing all of the work, not the device. It doesn’t really need to be more complex than this. No need to spend any more than $10-$15 max.
[The cheap little ab wheel I have looks almost exactly like this.]
What About Those Fancy Instructional Videos?
Well, thank goodness for Youtube! You can head over there right now and see several examples of good ab wheel workouts. This gentleman does a good job of explaining form.
The main point is to make sure you don’t hyper-extend your back. I don’t like to crunch my abs hard at the top, but I do insure that my back doesn’t arch and that my abs are supporting the resistance, not my spine.
[You will see people doing these from their feet…I feel it is safer and just as effective to stay on your knees. It looks cool to go from your feet, but in my opinion you are asking for a back injury.]
I Use the Ab Roller As A Way of Doing an “Advanced Plank”
In case you don’t know what a plank is, here is a post I did explaining planks and an ab workout I have done for quite a few years: 7 Minute Abs? 8 Minute Abs? What About 6 Minute Abs? In fact…If you are a beginner, I would recommend doing this routine for a month before adding in the ab wheel.
What I like to do with the ab wheel is roll it forward a foot and hold that position for 30 seconds then another foot or so and hold that position for 30 seconds and just a bit further and hold that position for as long as comfortable.
I like to use it for tough static holds to generate serious tension in the abs. I do this maybe 1-2 times per week at home in addition to my plank workout.
No Need to Get Fancy to Lose a Bunch of Body Fat
Honestly…I know that this won’t sound as fun as those late night infomercials, but simply eat less. To find out exact eating strategies, you can go to blogs like this one and get a ton of useful info.
Find 4-5 good sites and set aside a few hours instead of watching TV and you can learn a ton of strategies that work. Again…if you are dead set on getting the “Ab Circle Pro” or “Body by Jake Ab Scissor Ultra”, you will still have to insure your diet is right.
If I can’t save you from spending $199…at least let me help you with your diet!
[Be careful when dealing with advertising! Here is a video of a fitness model who was a spokesman of Hydroxycut, admitting to using steroids to achieve his look…not Hydroxycut. I think his physique looks way too big and unnatural anyway…but I respect him for telling the truth. He was fired as a spokesperson almost immediately after stating this fact.]
Note: What do you guys think about me calling these companies out? Too critical? I don’t like messing with someone’s way of generating income, but I also don’t like seeing people spend money when there is much cheaper and superior alternatives.