You can't channel surf these days without tripping over infomercials about abdominal exercise machines. The claims sound fabulous. The chiseled models look great. The messages are hard to resist.
Walk into any Health Club, and you will see everyone doing ab crunches. Crunches on the floor, crunches on a ball, crunches on a bench. But according to fitness expert Sean Gagnon: “Crunches are the most popular ab exercise, but they are not the most effective way to get great abs. You won’t see gymnasts or other athletes with great abs doing crunches. In fact, to get a lean, slender waistline, they do the exact opposite of the ab crunch.” Gagnon is Vice President of Ab Coaster, LLC, a New Jersey company that is launching a new abdominal exercise machine called The Ab Coaster® (). According to Gagnon, the new product is a huge hit in the professional fitness market because of its unique way of working the abs.
Now, about the two units that weren't included in our test. They were Perfect Abs and Abs Only, two of the most highly promoted abdominal exercise machines.
Asides from boosting stamina and strength, another benefit of an exercise machine is that it enables you to develop a good posture, which prevents lower back pain. Apart from beautifying your abs, the swinging motion in the abdominal exercise machine helps tone and sculpt your thighs, arms, chest, and shoulders, as well.