Spri FitAbs Plus

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Are Fit Abs a Plus?

Jan 30, 2005
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Durable, comfortable to lie on.

Cons:Not effective; deflates.

The Bottom Line: I can't recommend FitAbs Plus though I do like most Spri products. This just doesn't do anything for me.


Powerhouse Gym has several FitAbs Plus supports. It was only about a month or so ago that I decided to give it a try. I have tried it and tried it because I was wavering on my rating.

What is the FitAbs Plus:

The Fit Abs Plus made by Spri is a blue support measuring approximately 20 inches in length by 13 inches in width. It is designed to conform to your back giving me support. This support translates into doing abdominal and low back exercises most effectively so the claim goes.

It deflates and inflates. There is a plastic unit on the back that allows air to be blown into it. This only takes a few seconds. I have seen them being inflated at the gym.

It is made of a very heavy nylon material. I do not see FitAbs Plus used frequently. I am not sure if it is because people do not know what to do with them or they do not like them. The fact that the few in the gym are in perfect condition could reflect the quality or the lack of use. I like Spri products. I find them very well made in general. Feeling that way I will go out on a limb and say that even if the Fit Abs Plus supports were used heavily they will withstand that use.

How the Fit Abs Plus is used:

If you have ever been to a class or perhaps just from watching fitness videos you will know that it is important to protect your back when doing abdominal work. Exercises like leg raises which are done by lying down lifting your legs to the ceiling and slowly lowering them down can be particularly hard on the back.

You may have been told to make a fist and put your hands under your buttocks to protect your back. You may have been told to do a pelvic tilt to protect your back. In addition if you take Pilates you know that you must maintain a neutral spine when doing abdominal exercises to get the most out of the work you are doing and to protect your back. If you lift your pelvis to 12 on a clock you are not in neutral spine. If you lower it into the floor at 6:00 you are not in neutral spine. Move your pelvis into the middle and you are in neutral spine. You should have a small space between your back and the floor.

This is where Fit Abs Plus comes in. You put it under your back essentially creating a neutral spine. It replaces your fists and feels very comfortable to lie on.

Does that mean I like it? Not really. I have done ab work with and without it during the same session testing out this piece. I have experimented with putting it a bit lower so that it is under my buttocks more than it is under my back. Although it is comfortable to lie on if you want to take a nap I have found no advantage to using it. In fact there have been times when I have been using it when I have wanted to put my fists under me!

This could be because Fit Abs Plus deflates a bit when I lie on it. It does not seem to hold its air well. When I move it from under me it is flatter than it was when I was lying on it. However I can hear and see it come back to shape when I take it away. So the air is not necessarily escaping it just is not firm enough to not collapse under my weight and I am not heavy.

I am not recommending Fit Abs Plus. For $25.00 I will use my fists, a towel or look for other similar products that I like better. If you do buy it you will get an instruction sheet.

Please feel free to leave me a question or comment. You may e-mail me privately as well if you have other questions about weight training.

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