If you ever watch TV you must has seen at least one infomercial about this ab machine or that ab exercise equipment with the tempting promise of low belly fat and sculpted abs. Just the pictures of the models which promote these products are enough to stir up the imagination and send you racing to fetch your credit card.
But are you buying quality merchandize or just wasting your hard earned money? Do abs machines really work?
The answer isn’t simple. Some abs equipment can prove beneficial, but the majority of abs exercisers simply don’t fulfill the promise their infomercials make.
They just can’t.
It All Comes Down To Belly Fat
One of the greatest exercise myths is the one which deals in fat spot reduction. People still believe that it is possible to love fat from a specific body part. It is simply not true. You lose fat from your entire body according to your genetic makeup. When you exercise a certain body part, you can increase muscle mass, but fat will be burned off your entire body, not only from that location.
That being the case, I just can see how ab exercise machines can claim to be able to help you burn off belly fat. This is simply impossible. While exercising your abs can help to tone them somewhat, as long as you remember that the most important thing to getting flat and sexy abs is to burn stomach fat, you’re left with the conlclusion that abs machines aren’t a complete solution.
Are there additional problems with Abs exercise equipment
There are some common problems and complaints about abs machines, and while all these problems may not apply to each and every single machine there is, it does get you to think about the overall wisdom of using these machines.
One size doesn’t fit all
The first problem with abs machines is the matter of size. While some machines can be adjusted to try and fit your height, some do a very poor job of it, forcing you to work the abs while lying at an uncomfortable angle which may strain your neck and back.
Again, this isn’t true for all machines, but anything with a backrest is potentially deficient in this respect.
Many exercise machines promise to provide a range of resistance levels which should fit all trainers, regardless of their current fitness ability. Often, this is far from true. There are numerous complaints about various abs exercisers about them being very weak. It seems that many of these machines are only good for absolute beginners.
Break and Tear
Like any physical product, abs machines tend to break, tear, lose their elasticity, and otherwise malfunction. That is one of the reasons I focus on providing knowledge on this website. Knowledge is something you can apply anywhere, anytime, and forever. That is also why I recommend using an information based abs program like Truth About Abs, and not a machine to get you flat abs.
I always look at abs machines with a doubtful mind. If things were so easy, we’d all be walking around with 6 pack abs. Some abs machines can help to exercise your stomach and strengthen it, but for the most part, they fail to address the main issue which is to burn off as much belly flab as possible in the shortest period of time.