My award for the dumbest product: goes to the Pilates Ab Exerciser by Bally
Jan 23, 2010 (Updated Jan 23, 2010)
Review by Jo Levy
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:It accomodates people of all heights.
Cons:The price, it is totally unnecessary, it hurt my back...
The Bottom Line: Skip this one! If it sounds good to you buy one for $20.00.
I am so tempted to write an express review saying "This takes the cake for the dumbest fitness products on the market" but the what it is and what is it supposed to do, etc. wouldn't be answered so...
Recommend this product?
What is the Bally Pilates Abdominal Exerciser?
It is a bar with a strap and two pieces in which you put your feet. It is supposed to tighten your abdominal muscles and you are only supposed to use it for a few minutes a day until your core is in better shape.
It weighs a couple of pounds and has a one-year warranty.
It will work for just about anyone of any height and weight because it has an adjustable strap for your height and your weight doesn't matter because - well it just doesn't. I suppose if you are so obese or you have an extraordinarily large foot you may not be able to get your feet into the stirrups - that's what the things you put your feet into are called. Yes ladies they will remind you of stirrups!
I often talk about heavier people and perhaps older people or people with injuries who cannot get down on the floor not liking certain products. You will be on the floor with Bally's Ab Exerciser.
Let's talk price for a moment. I gasped when I found out how much the retail price of this thing is! It is $950.00. They are nuts - truly. Online you can find the same product without the Bally name for $20.00. Unlike my previous review in which I said that if you could get it for a good price then go for it, I would tell you that $20.00 is too much for Bally's Exerciser.
What you get:
You'll get a handle that is straight across. You aren't going to be holding onto this. It rests on your thighs. It has soft foam covering it.
You will get traction stirrups which lock your legs and feet in place. This is supposed to eliminate the need for help. Why do you need help - as in another human being - to do crunches? That is what Bally is talking about. You may be by now (if you are old enough) thinking of a friend holding down your feet ages ago while you did sit ups. You may be thinking of the times you put your feet under a sofa. Well if you still insist on doing sit ups like that then buy this. At the gym there are sit up benches on which we put our feet under bars to keep them in place. That is the motion Bally's Exerciser is simulating except for a ridiculous price and if you are home then use a couch!
You get a fitness guide and as I said a nylon strap that is adjustable.
Let's use it:
So here I am on the floor and I have slid my feet into the stirrups so my feet are on the floor being kept in place with the stirrups. I then pull the strap between my legs and adjust it so the handle bar is right above my knees.
I might do a regular crunch by having my knees bent, putting my hands behind my head with my elbows out to the side and raising my upper body while holding in my abdominal muscles.
I might want to work the sides of my core (obliques) by doing the above except when I go to raise my upper body I twist to one side and then the other or if I prefer, do 15 on one side and then change to the other.
I might also want to do some Pilates moves since it has the word in the name. It seems to me that part of the reason your abs will get toned, for example in Pilates, is that you are using your core to do the work. I found that Bally's Exerciser in some of the movements made doing them more awkward. But you can do the 100s or anything else you might want to do. The 100s have you flapping your hands 100 times while your torso is raised. My back hurt me by the time I was done. Just for your information- the 100s are quite an effective movement but the exercise does not need an exercise gadget for $950.00.
Jo's Final Thoughts:
I suppose if this were given to me for free I might use it only because I had it not because I needed it. This is the most unnecessary gadget I have reviewed. I laugh at the name of this. I guess Bally wanted to cover its bases by putting Pilates and abdominal in the name.
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