Pros: Great as a Paperweight. Comes assembled
Cons: Waist of $$$. Doesn't do what it is designed to do
This morning, while exercising, I was channel surfing, jumping around form infomercial to infomercial. It got me thinking of all the junk advertised. Products that are designed for strictly abs others for legs, some for your rump, and even one for women who wish to enlarge breast size (the mid-evil looking suction cup bra). One product came to mind, that I wasted money on, was the Torso Track 2.
The Torso Track 2 is exactly the same as the Torso Track but only with some extra features. The Torso Track is a T Shaped device designed to Target the Abs and on the 2 model the upper chest and shoulders as well.
The construction of the Torso Track is quite simple. The unit is approximately four feet in length, eight inches wide, and about five inches tall. At one end of the unit is an opening for you to change the resistance (Ill explain about this further on). Near this opening is a three-foot by one-inch square rod. This rod is lined with a series of holes in it; it flips down to lie on the floor, allowing you to position and stabilize the kneepad. The kneepad is a simple one-foot by 8-inch oval pad with two plastic pins on it. The pins go into holes, of the rod, to prevent slipping while exercising. Going through the side of the unit and the glider is a 16 removable handlebar that is used in the actual exercising process. The glider sits on two shafts that span the length of the unit. The glider slides through the length of the unit during the exercise process. Besides this there is nothing more to the Torso Track in regards to its design.
Exercising on it is actually very easy. First you lay the unit on the floor and then lower the rod onto the floor. Now placing the kneepad is pretty simple. Now get on all fours. Your hands should be on the handlebars and you abs should be right over the opening for the resistance devise. Where you knees hit the floor is where you should place the kneepad. Now you are ready to exercise. You start off on all fours, holding the handlebar, and then, with keeping you knees on the pad, you push forward with your abs until you are almost flat (legs and arms should almost now be fully extended making you look like Superman flying). After that you pull back up again using your abs (you should be in starting position now). You keep repeating this process until your workout is done. Mechanically what happened was that when you pushed forward the glider also went forward and then it came back when you came back. Pretty easy to use; dont you think?
What fun would exercising be without resistance? Under the cover are three bungee cords, attach to the glider, with weighted flat heads. In the opening is a place to anchor each cords head. You can use from none to all three. Unlike most exercise devices the resistance actually works backwards. The more resistance you put on (all three bungee cables) the easier it is to use. The reason is that the cords actually assist you on your way back up. The principle behind the unit is that the less cords you use the harder it is and the better it works your abs; more advance users would not use the cords.
What makes the Torso Track 2 Different form the original? Two things form what I was told when I ordered it: A longer three-foot handlebar and an electric counter. The Torso Track 2 actually came with both the shorter handle and the longer one. The advantage of the longer bar is that you can place you hands in two positions. The narrow grip position only targets your abs. The wider grip position also targets the chest and shoulders. The electric counter mounts onto the handle bar and a small magnet that comes with it, goes along on the plastic body on the path of the glide device (near the middle of the unit) As the counter passes over the magnet, once every other pass (because of a forward and a backwards pass), clicks off a tick. Each tick represents a rep. The counter also has a clock built into it to show time exercised.
I dont like the Torso Track because it doesnt do its job and you have to keep perfect form or else you can seriously hurt yourself. With the unit an instructional video came. The video showed assembly, proper form, and pretty much the only recommended ways to exercise with it. The proper form is to arch your shoulders up, stick out your chest, and your abdominal section sucked in. The best way to explain how to visualize this is think of a dog show. When the judge is checking out the dog, thinking of the dogs posture is the exact way you torso should be. If you break this form you will not get the benefit of the device and/or you can seriously pull a muscle on your back or upper legs. They recommended either 5 minutes of straight exercise for at least 3 days a week or to do a total of 3 sets of 45 reps for five days a week. I tried it both ways for three months and never got any results. I videotaped myself to make sure my form was good and it was. I just simply got no results.
I have been a constant on and off exerciser since I was 16 (meaning I know what I am doing but and not always sticking to exercising due to laziness). I have seen what works and what produces results. I have consulted friends on proper exercises to where they get results. I have also seen what doesnt work. The Torso Track doesnt get results. It looks nice but dont waste you money. I blew about $200 on it and will soon try to unload it at a garage sale. Learn from my mistake and just do some normal sit-ups.