Are you an infomercial junkie when it comes to the latest abdominal sculpting machine or device? There are a ton of ab exercises for women and men; devices, gadgets, huge machines, whatever the market claiming to be the next big thing. Many of them are extremely overpriced, yet wildly popular. Just to name a few: There is the Ab Rocket Abdominal Trainer which sells anywhere from $130 new to about $70 used. The second is very popular. According to the merchant, 700,000 Body By Jake Ab Scissors have been sold which can cost you about $150. Who knows how many Ab Circle Pro’s have been sold which can be a whopping $200. Obviously people are buying these like crazy because you can catch a late night or early morning commercial with these products. The funny thing about this…. Ab Wheel exercises are way more effective than any of the popular ab machines and it will only cost you about $10 !! (I will explain later in the article)
Always Make Sure To Read The Fine Print
The disclaimer on just about every testimonial page whether it is an ab machine, cardio workout, or the latest exercise program includes something like this…. “The participants were subject to a reduced calorie diet with the addition of regular exercise.” Don’t believe me? Just wait until the next fitness oriented commercial comes on and look at the fine print at the bottom of the screen. They will all have something close to. If they don’t they’re lying. You see the diet is the real reason behind the fat loss. The cardio or other “regular exercise” is just another means to boost their fat loss efforts. The actual ab machine plays a very marginal role in the results that the commercials and websites claim to make.
There Is A Reason Why Companies Have Phenomenal Advertisers
Let’s be honest, advertisers are great at what they do. Think about all the funny, annoying, or just plain catchy commercials that you can’t get out of your mind. They are there for a reason. Think about it. Do you remember the “Thighmaster!” Since 1988, nearly 10 million of them have been sold! It makes me laugh every time I see it. That product was the biggest piece of junk I have ever seen. Yet, everyone and their mom owned one. You better believe I had one in my house when I was growing up…. except the only action it got was when it was used as a catapult for my action figures! My point here is not to slam the companies, but are they offering a good product for the money?
There Is Nothing Wrong With Paying Good Money For A Piece Of Equipment
If there are certain pieces of equipment that I need to help form a home gym and it may cost me a couple thousand dollars is fine. It will more than pay off over time and it will all help me reach my fitness goals. What I don’t believe in, is spending crazy amount of money on a product that claims to do something that only diet can take care of. Just knowing that ab exercises for women as well as men can all be achieved without fancy equipment is a breath of fresh air for those who feel a little bitter about previous ab products.
(I really hope you don’t think that these professional fitness models got their physiques from just using a device like this.)
The Fat Will Not Melt Off By Using A Device
The infomercial you just watched was done by professionals…they know how to push emotional triggers in a way that makes you want to buy regardless of price. Yes, these devices will work your abs a bit more than a crunch, but really have nothing to do with losing fat. I want to remind you again… The diet is the real reason behind the fat loss and the cardio or regular exercise is what fuels your efforts even more.
Why I Think Ab Wheel Exercises Do A Much Better Job Of Tightening Your Tummy
Now that we have established that fat loss is achieved by a caloric deficit and cardio, we can now turn to the actual sculpting and tightening of the midsection where the flab was once covering. The reason why I like the Ab Wheel so much is because it really has nothing to do with the actual device. It allows your midsection to do all the work and it will only cost you about $10.
Let’s Give Thanks To YouTube
Here is a little instructional video from YouTube that gives you an idea of how it is to be used. This guy does a very good job explaining the form so that you don’t kill your back.
I like this exercise very much for sculpting my stomach because it works like an advanced plank. Two days a week I use ab wheel exercises at the end of my workout. The other two days I end my workouts with planks. I will typically do 2-3 sets of planks at two minutes each. I am usually smoked after that.