Pros:inexpensive, different, fun
Cons:getting the blades in and out if you have arthritis
The Bottom Line: I like this. I think it has a lot to offer a great variety of people.
I had to get try Gold’s Gym ABS Advanced Body System. Although this is an “As seen on TV” product I bought it at Wal-Mart for $39.00. The price is certainly right – well depending on how it works.
Recommend this product?
We are promised “jaw dropping abs, strong, toned arms, lean, shapely legs, and all in 10 minutes a day." (from the box) At first I was ready to write that I do not think anyone has to work their abdominal area for 10 minutes a day. I think 5 minutes of proper crunches or ab work a few times a week if perfectly adequate especially since jaw dropping abs are more about nutrition than anything else. However, since I have been using it, I have changed my tune because ABS isn't just about your core.
What I got:
~A stability ball. I should have realized right then and there that the 65 cm ball is too big for me. At 5’ 4” tall I use a 55 cm ball. Still since I am just sitting on it the size isn’t a real negative; however, if you are 5’ tall you will not be comfortable with the ball. Note that not all exercises require a ball.
~A pump for the stability ball.
~Three DVD workouts: ABS Total-Body Workout, Abs Core Workout, and ABS Leg Workout. I think you should watch these but be aware that you are going to see perfect bodies. These are bodies few people can get and certainly not with just the Gold’s Gym ABS. The instructors are personal trainers. The DVDs take you from warm up to cool down and from easy to more difficult.
~ICON’s usual 90-day limited warranty.
~A 59-page “8-week to Healthy Eating.” It has meal plans, grocery lists, recipes and a place to keep notes.
~Two nicely foamed wraps for around the handles of the main part of this gadget. The wraps attach around the handles with Velcro. The handles have rubber but this just adds another layer especially since some of the exercises require the use of your hands in a meaningful way.
~The main piece to this system is a 24 inches long by 5 ½ inches in the center blade. This is certainly portable and can be stored in your closet where it will probably collect dust. Just joking!
Let’s use Gold’s Gym ABS:
This system gives me two resistance levels. There are latches on both sides. Sliding open the latch on each handle I remove the end of the blade from the handle and then release the latch. This decreases the resistance. To increase the resistance I slide open the latches, put one end of the blade into pegs in the handle and the let go of the latch. I must say I found this part more difficult than any of the exercises but I do have arthritis in my hands. So I went to my husband to try the latches. He had a difficult time doing this as well but over time the ABS system loosened up and made it easier to get the blade in and out. In a nutshell I am taking out the blade for the least resistance. The blade goes back in and really does offer a great deal more resistance.
Exercises on a stability ball:
I discovered after a few times that I could work my core just by sitting on a chair. The blade is vertical and as I bend forward I crunch. There is no pain in my neck or back at all and the faster I go the more I work. I find crunches to be easy but effective with the most resistance. The resistance is estimated at 20 to 45 pounds, which is nice. If anyone has done crunches with a 25-pound weight you know that you feel that workout!
Most women will be taking out the blade to work their legs and arms. As an example I sit on a ball, put the outside of the blade on the inside of my legs and hold the handles. The "blade" is now in a curved position. I squeeze. This simulates the adductor (inner thigh) and abductor (outer thigh) movement you might do with resistance bands.
To work my arms I put the ABS on my legs and squeeze like I would a pec dec.
A great exercise I love is putting my head on the ball with my butt off the ground. So I am now working my glutes. I then take the blade and put it over my head and squeeze the handles together. This is a great chest exercise.
Jo’s Final Thoughts:
I love Gold’s Gym ABS System. If you follow me you know that surprises me. It is great for so many people. If you work out in a gym but want to get 10 minutes of exercising in later in the day in front of your TV, this is it. If you are new to working out and want something a bit unusual that will work every body part, you got it. I think the ABS system gives a little something (or a lot) to everyone.