Top 5 Best Home Ab Machines Listed for Jan. 2017
There are lots of different ways you can work your abs (and also a lot of wrong ways), whether you want to sculpt your body into a perfect specimen – or just want to lose your flab and tone your muscles. Doing crunches on an exercise floor mat, or sitting on/lying on a balance ball will do a lot for your core, not to mention your posture. However, there are lots of ways to kick things up a notch (as someone who could really use some ab work, Emeril Lagasse, would say). If a mat, ball or pull-up bar isn’t going to be sufficient for where you want to go, there are now some amazing home ab machines available to help you get the 6 pack (or more) that you desire.
Lets get cracking – here are the top 5 best ab machines for home to consider.
1. XMark 12 Position Adjustable Decline Ab Bench XM-4416
One of the most common recommendations you hear from exercise experts when you ask about ab exercises, is to get an ab bench for your crunches, situps and other workouts. The XMark XM-4416 is the best GroomNStyle found. It’s made from 14-gauge 2-by-3 inch steel, so it’s exceptionally strong – strong enough to handle 400 pounds. The large, four-inch leg rollers are ergonomically positioned to maximize the benefits of your exercises while preventing back strain, and the vinyl covering on the bench is tear-resistant yet comfortable.
There are twelve different vertical height adjustments you can make on the Xmark bench, letting you change the angle of your ab workouts for maximum effect. There’s even a convenient support handle that lets you get on and off the bench when you’re hanging at an extreme angle (you can get as much as 45 degrees out of this baby).
One warning: if you’re taller than about 6-3 or 6-4, you probably won’t fit without your head hitting the ground.
An ab bench doesn’t have a zillion moving parts or details to consider; you want it to be comfortable, fully adjustable, sturdy and effective. The XMark XM-4416 checks off all of those boxes.
Key details of the XMark 12 Position Adjustable Decline Ab Bench XM-4416:
2. Ab Coaster CS1500
If you’re ready to make the commitment to a high-priced machine to help you finally lose those love handles and get your abs into shape, the $700 Ab Coaster is worth a serious look. It’s commercial grade and the same quality as the ones you’ve probably seen at the gym, made from all steel (with steel bearings and stainless steel rails), and its gliders are made from super-smooth nylon (much better than the sub-standard material they used up until a few years ago).
Using the Ab Coaster is easy (even though it’s hard work at first); basically, you’re doing hanging leg raises, which is the best way to work your lower abs. You’re just doing them without the pull-up bar – and without the back and neck pain you usually feel. From a kneeling position on the machine’s seat you use the grips and your stomach muscles to pull yourself up, as the seat coasts up and down the track. If you want to work your obliques, just position yourself at an angle. You can even add another 30 pounds of resistance with optional weight plates. A DVD showing recommended workout programs is included.
You’ll definitely feel the burn when you start your workouts on this machine, but that’s because the Ab Coaster works. $700 may be a lot just to get perfect abs, which is why the review team didn’t make this the top ab machine on our list, but it’s a terrific product.
Note – there is an entry level model PS500 available at around half the price – but with a lower quality of build.
Important specs for the Ab Coaster CS1500:
3. ProForm Ab Glider Sport
Yes, this is the same Ab Glider you’ve seen advertised on TV until you’re sick of even hearing the name. But guess what? It’s a nice machine at a low price, from a company known for its high-quality treadmills and other exercise equipment.
The Ab Glider is self-powered and effectively a lower-level Ab Coaster and Ab Circle in the same piece of equipment. Similar to the Ab Coaster, you simply kneel on the seat, grab the handlebars, and off you go. You pull yourself back and forth along the machine’s track to work your core, and can also swivel while you glide in order to work your obliques and other muscles (although the 180-degree rotation function can be locked out if you prefer). Your progress can be measured on the LCD monitor which keeps track of your workout. You’re not going to be able to do a workout for your abdominals without doing at least some work; the Ab Glider makes it as easy as you could imagine.
The machine is made from solid steel and quite durable, and the seat’s cushion is comfortable on the knees. It’s designed to provide high resistance so that you get the maximum benefit from your workout, yet the exercising itself is low-impact so it won’t test your joints. And since it’s purely mechanical, there’s little chance that you’ll run into problems with your workouts, as long as you have the desire to tone those abs.
Specifications for the ProForm Ab Glider Sport:
4. Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro
GroomNStyle are not quite sure whether you’d call this ab wheel a machine or not. We just know that it’s a tremendous way to work your core for ripped abs and powerful arms. An ab wheel, in our view, is vastly superior to just doing reps on a mat; it removes the possibility of doing crunches or situps incorrectly and not gaining any real benefit. Instead, you focus your activity on exercises which will really benefit your abdominals. And the Ab Carver is vastly superior to cheaper ab wheels, because of its design and construction.
Most cheap ab wheels are made of plastic, which is why they usually wobble around a lot before they fall apart. The Ab Carver Pro has a carbon steel spring to power the “kinetic assist engine” (a fancy way to say it’s what drives the rubberized wheel, which is extra-wide to provide complete stability whether you’re “carving” straight ahead or to either side) along with angled, ergonomic hand grips designed to work arm muscles as well as core abdominal muscles.
The Ab Carver comes with a complete 21-day digital workout plan showing you exactly what to do and how to do it. And even though it’s more than three times as expensive as the cheap ab wheels you can find, that just means that it’s $35 instead of $10. In our view, the extra $25 bucks can make a world of difference.
Key details of the Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro:
5. Perfect Fitness Perfect Situp
This one seems a bit strange when you first see it, but it’s amazing how something so odd can be so effective. In essence, this is a machine for everyone (we plead guilty) who has trouble getting their crunches done perfectly – you put yourself into the frame with your head in the comfortable head rest, your feet in the smooth foot clips, and grab the hand grips – and you’re ready to do effective crunches.
The way it works is that the frame “forces” your body to do both upper ab crunches and lower ab leg lifts at the same time, positioning you properly and applying resistance to the lower body. The design ends up working all four sets of your abdominal muscles (while supporting your neck safely) for an optimized workout. What’s also cool is that when you reach the full range of motion, the machine clicks so you know you’ve done the rep correctly.
Is a machine like this necessary to work your abs? Of course not. But it’s a great way to make sure you’re working them effectively, for less than $100. Not a bad deal.
Looking at specs for the Perfect Fitness Perfect Situp: