A while ago I stumbled upon an ad for the Crazy Abs Abdominal fitness machine and I was intrigued by it.
As you may have seen the ad yourself and many of my thousands of readers too, I decided to write this short review about it and how it work… and whether it really works at all.
So, read on the rest of this review to see what this machine does and doesn’t do…
How does the Crazy Abs Machine Work?
The Crazy Abs machine simulates the hanging leg raise exercise. You hold the handles with both hands, place both knees are the knee pads and the movement is to bring both knees toward your chest.
The pads move on the circular tube so you can get a pretty decent crunch like that.
Hanging leg raises are one of the best abdominal exercises I know. The only trouble they pose is that, for many people, this is a very difficult exercise to perform. Some people may not be able to do more than a few repetitions.
Working with a machine like the Crazy Abs can help you perform a similar movement to the hanging leg raise so I have no doubt that you can work your abs with it. You can also shift the handles to the side to better target your obliques.
First Impression… Where did I see this before
My first impression when I saw the Crazy Abs was one of Deja Vu. I had a feeling I have seen something like it before. Then it came to me: this machine greatly resembles the Ab Coaster. In fact, the two machines look very much alike and they provide pretty much the same sort of workout.
The Ab Coaster is a bigger and heavier machine than the Crazy Abs. This may be the reason why the Ab Coaster is about twice as expensive, selling at close to $300 while the Crazy Abs goes for less than $150.
However, the Ab Coaster is known for being sturdy so the price may be worth it if you’re planning on using it for a long time. As to the durability of Crazy Abs, the truth is that I just don’t know. I haven’t read any reviews of people who’ve had it for long enough to make a judgement. I haven’t read any complaints either.
What Kind of Results Can You Get
Nearly every ab machine I’ve ever seen is sold with the suggested promise that it holds the key for losing belly fat and inches off your stomach and that it will help you get flat abs.
The truth is not as simple, I’m afraid. Ab machines work your abdominal muscles and so can be useful for toning and strengthening purposes. However, they’re not the most effective way to burn belly fat.
The real way to burn a lot of fat is to engage in full body calorie expensive workouts that help you boost your metabolism and build lean muscle tissue. Working your abs does not lead to a focused fat reduction around your midsection. You can’t lose fat from a specific body part just because your training is focused on it. It doesn’t work that way.
Losing belly fat requires a great eating plan that gives your body the nutrients it requires and helps you burn fat, metabolic boosting strength workouts, and fat burning cardio exercises.
Toning your abs is of secondary importance, which is why ab machines such as the Crazy Abs exerciser only help you partly to achieve that flat abs you’ve always wanted.
That being said, it doesn’t mean that this is a useless machine. Working your abs is important and if you feel that having this machine at home will help you do that then go ahead. Get it. However, don’t expect amazing results from it simply because that’s not how things work.
Here is a video about the Crazy Abs machine: