Perfect Ab-Carver Pro Review
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I often wonder if my editor has a twisted sense of humor sending the Perfect Ab-Carver to a runner/cyclist. Sure I have abs somewhere under the layer of cookies, ice cream and pizza that I use to fuel my activities. Why not send me a thigh master? At least that would be a piece of cake, oh yes…pun intended. Not to fear, I do my fair share of abdominal exercises to help with my running and cycling. So… let’s see what kind of magic the Perfect Ab-Carver Pro has.
First Look at the Perfect Ab-Carver Pro
What’s in the box? The Ab-Carver Pro comes with a nice set of foam knee pads, two ergonomically rubber gripped handles, one spring enhanced wheel and some instructions to assemble the wheel.
The knee pads have a nylon strap that holds the two foam pieces together and combined with the foam in the actual pad it looks like a sure way to stay put wherever you place them. They are thick enough to be comfortable, but not so thick that they will be a nuisance.
The handles have a rubber grip that gives you a comfortable and form fitting feel in your hand.
They have a simple depression pin that snaps and locks right into the Perfect Ab-Carver Pro wheel.
The wheel has two rubber grip strips that go around the wheel that look to give it maximum gripping strength on any surface. The wheel also has a carbon steel internal spring. This will help push you by adding resistance, and pull you with assistance when you are doing your ab carving exercise.
What wasn’t in the box? An exercise regimen. I had to go to the website to find that. A simple 21 day workout…no problem.
The 21 Day Ab-Carver Pro Workout
I am no stranger to sit-ups, crunches, weighted crunches, planks or even the air bike. So in my mind I already had this little workout in the bag, right? Wrong! Day one is a simple set of 10 straight forward carving reps, 5 carving right reps and 5 carving left reps. To do a carve, all you need is your handy knee pads and your Ab-Carver Pro Wheel, place the knee pads under your knees, very comfy, place your hands on the ergonomic hand grips and roll forward into an almost plank position, while keeping your elbows in.
Boom! Reps 1-7 done at the intermediate level. I got this. This is basically a goofy upside down crunch, and crunches are pretty easy for me…and number 8…wait my abs are shaking…hold the boat…this is starting to get hard. Number 9 … barely done… “I might be in trouble here”. Number 10…..Ouch that is the floor I just collapsed on. Okay so I didn’t manage to do 10, but pulled off 9 and was able to carve left and right for 5 each after a brief rest. That was quite a bit different than any other exercise that I have ever done, I could feel the good ache of a workout in my lower abdominal muscles, my obliques, my triceps and my upper back. Thank goodness I get a day off before I have to try it again. Day 2 brought on some DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) like a good two hour gym session, that is pretty impressive considering it didn’t take more than 15 minutes to do. Day 3: I can still feel lower abdominal muscle soreness, “I should be okay to rip out 3 sets of 10 straight carves and 5 left and 5 right.” Place my knees on the pads, grab the grips, roll forward….and oh hell no…collapse on the floor. My abs gave up, I can’t do one, I am pretty sure that I am not out of shape, what the heck is going on? Time for another visit to the website to see if I am doing this wrong. Oh, hey look what it says on the 21 day workout, “Learn your limits”.
I can do 20+ crunches with a 45 lbs. plate on my chest, but this Perfect Ab-Carver Pro, definitely showed me who was the boss that day. With “learn your limits” in mind, I carved out 3 gentle sets of 10 and 5 left and 5 right. “Oh my lower abs.” When I say gentle, I mean, not carving / rolling the wheel all the way out to a plank position, but half way to what I did the first day. Something resembling a nice body triangle. I was definitely grateful for the spring roll back assistance this day!
I won’t bore you with the remaining 18 days, everything went as expected as long as I kept the “Learn your Limits” in mind. I was consistently able to extend out farther and farther as the 21 days progressed. The 21st day is the day to retest your progress and see how easy it is to do day one again. As expected, I didn’t collapse on the floor this time and I was able to do the 10 straight, 5 left and 5 right reps a whole lot easier than on day one.
On the box of the Perfect Ab-Carver Pro it says the target areas are the arms, chest, core and back. I will agree with three of those four, at the end of every workout session, I could feel muscle soreness (the good kind) in my core, my arms and my back. But I never really had any in my chest. Don’t get me wrong you use your chest for this exercise, but I just never felt the same intensity as the other muscle groups.
Final Thoughts on the Perfect Ab-Carver Pro
I didn’t turn out looking like the guy on the box with the perfect abs. Although this is no fault of the Perfect Ab-Carver Pro, had I adjusted my diet, the Perfect Ab-Carver Pro definitely has the potential to do that. Lose weight (body fat) in the kitchen and get fit in the gym. It did strengthen my core and I could absolutely tell when I was out on my runs, I felt stronger and I could tell my posture was better. And with cycling, my shoulders and back did not fatigue as fast on my long rides. So can the Perfect Ab-Carver Pro magically transform you into a magazine model? No. Does it help strengthen your core better than a crunch or a sit up? Without a doubt. If you want to get a good upper body workout and are short on time, the Perfect Ab-Carver Pro is a great solution. For more information visit : www.amazon.com/abcarverpro.