Ab Circle Pro: you might need knee replacement surgery
Jul 31, 2009
Review by Jo Levy
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:off the ground, easy to use
Cons:cheaply made, hurts, doesn't work
The Bottom Line: This is a horrible product. Don't waste your money on it.
Along the way while traveling I used the Ab Circle Pro in a fitness room. I had seen the infomercial and so many infomercials on products that I was a bit jaded even by the thought. By I tried to be open minded.
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The facts and claims
Ab Circle Pro is a machine that is round and is made to target the entire abdominal area and the obliques, which are the muscles on the sides. You can do this and get a cardio workout all in three minutes!
It uses what is called a circular force technology so I went from side to side. It comes with a nutritional guide, a DVD, and a couple of batteries for the small display which shows time, number of repetitions, and the calories burned.
The maximum weight of the user is 275 pounds. The machine measures 25 inches long by 26 inches wide by 36 inches high. It is made in China and comes with a one-year limited warranty.
Using the Ab Circle Pro
I do often mention that ab machines which are off the floor are helpful to those with arthritis, other conditions, or are overweight. Getting down on the floor can be hard if this is you. The Ab Circle Pro is off the floor.
The way it works is simple. There are two knee cups on which I put my knees. There are two handles I hold onto and as I do I swivel from side to side. You might read that there are three levels of resistance. That is not really true. You can raise the Ab Circle to three levels so I suppose it seems to make it harder. I will continue but the bottom line is that even without major knee problems being able to put my knees on the cups in any comfortable way is impossible. It downright hurts.
You may often hear people say when talking about weight resistance that you should use muscle and not momentum. With the Ab Circle it is so easy to hold onto the handles and go side to side using no muscles just momentum. Really you can go around and around all day long (let alone three minutes a day) and it will do you no good.
There is also the back issue. Some may find it uncomfortable because of the nature of the form the Ab Circle puts you in. One thing about it that I like though (If the knee pads didn't hurt) is that when I take out a pin I no longer go in a circular motion but my knees go in and out in an abductor/adductor way working the inner and outer thighs. That is an extra bonus but you will be better off with a pair of ankle weights to work that area and if you are intent on circular motions buy a hoola hoop!
About the price
Like a lot of infomercial products what you hear is not the final price. So the deal sounds great. You will pay $14.95 for a 30 day trial but keep listening or reading because you then pay 5 payments after that of $39.95 plus $34.50 for shipping. You can also pay $199.75 plus shipping. I did find it online for $199 and no shipping.
In any case it does not matter to me because I think it is a horrible product. It is not sturdy and feels cheap. The steel feels flimsy. You can buy an extended warranty but I feel as if you will be adding fuel to the fire.
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