I’m sure you’ve seen the movie 300? Of course, CGI was involved in a lot of the special effects, but those Spartan abs are real!
It’s certainly inspiration enough to move from couch potato to fitness fanatic and here’s a list of the five best ab machines to help you on your journey.
Top Rated Ab Equipment
You know what’s better than working your abs? Working your entire core. You know what’s better than working your whole core? Your whole body! Wonder Core has designed this training equipment to be the very best ab machine for everyone and anyone.
You don’t even have to worry about taking instructions on how to train with it properly because it comes with a 35 minute instructional DVD included.
Compare to most of the exercise gear I have stashed away (don’t judge me), the Wonder Core is very compact and easy to stow. It’s also easily portable for those of you who are traveling and or maybe you want to use before, during or after your gym workout?
Working out with friends is always more enjoyable for me than sweating alone. I’m kind of competitive you see!
- Comes fully assembled
- Adjustable knob for resistance and new resistance meter
- Free 35 minutes workout DVD
- Free nutrition guide
- Not just for abs, but for total muscle toning.
It really is a well-designed piece of equipment. You can see why it’s on the list as it’s possibly the best ab machine on the market.
If you’re looking for something different, then look no further as the Ab Carver Pro will get you toned up in no time at all! It’s a tough workout, and the best advice is to take it slow. This one is about perfect form, not how many times you can roll it.
In saying that, it will get easier the more you use it.
For the curious, inside the roller is a carbon steel spring kinetic engine which is designed to turbocharge ab and arm workouts.
It’s stable and sturdy enough to move to the left, right, or center with it.
It also comes with a foam knee pad, so you don’t have to explain those grazed knees to a concerned spouse. The handgrips themselves are rubberized, and you shouldn’t have any slipping of the hands while using them.
- Quadruple the width of a normal ab roller (makes it easier to use)
- Perfect for the oblique muscles due to the carving motion of left/right
- Angled handles engage your triceps rather than your shoulders
- Removable handles for easy storage
- Free kneepad included
The great thing about the Ab Carver is that it elongates the ab muscles. This will help with toning or for strengthening because of the load you’re putting on the muscles. It was also designed to take the typical problems you’d have with an ab wheel out of the equation – namely, they’re notoriously hard to use for beginners.
Yes, it’s a mouthful, but your abs will thank you for it! Touting a sturdy, ergonomic design, this is the best ab equipment for bicycle crunches. It’s also made to eliminate the back and neck strain that’s often associated with crunches. That’s one thing that has put people off doing them before, myself included.
It’s very easy to use, which again, ticks another box for the beginner. Functional enough for experts too, you can even use it with weights for extra resistance.
The instructions are very clear, and it’s basically four pieces that you attach together.
It's also worth noting that you can flip the device over for a total core workout.
- Perfect for abdominal bicycle crunch exercises
- Eliminates back and neck strain from crunches
- Easy to assemble
- Suitable for beginners and expertsClick to replace anchor text
- 22.5” x 24.5” x 27” (Length/Width/Height)
All things considered, this one might be the best ab machine for home use as you’re not going to want to be carrying it everywhere. Not that it’s too heavy, just that it’s not as compact as some of the other contenders on my list.
4. Ab Circle Pro Home Fitness Machine
So with this one, I have a little story to tell. My cousin has been overweight for a long time and didn't exercise generally. She did want to improve her fitness level, though, and she bought this particular machine.
It’s awesome! She was using it like an expert within a few minutes as it’s pretty easy to grasp and use. She didn’t miss out on her soap operas either, as she watched them while working out!
It works up a sweat pretty quickly, and you can feel your muscles enjoying the exercise after only a few swings.
If you also have problems with your weight, it’s good to know that the Ab Circle Pro is built with gym quality steel and built to last a lifetime, so you don’t need to worry about damaging it.
As with any new fitness gear, go slow and steady at first until you know what you’re doing.
- Very easy to use for beginners and the overweight
- Folds up for easy storage
- Three friction levels as you become more advanced/stronger
- Works your entire core
- Free exercise DVD and Nutritional Guide included
- Sturdy steel construction
All in all, a good piece of gear and it comes highly recommended from my cousin, as I said before. Because of its ease of use and long lifetime, it is for sure one of the best ab machines you can buy.
Another nicely designed piece of equipment, this abdominal chair can be used for some pretty effective training moves to develop your core area.
After using this chair for a while, you’ll see great results in your upper abs, lower abs, and your oblique muscles.
As with the other ab equipment on my list, I checked out YouTube to see if there were any good videos I could use while using it and I was pleasantly surprised. The videos are well made and informative on how to get the most out of the chair.
With it being a piece of furniture it’s also pretty easy to handle.
The backrest includes padded massage rollers that move with your body which makes the experience a lot nicer and stops you getting burn marks on your back!
With three resistance levels, it’s another ab builder that you can advance with, so it’s not just for beginners.
If YouTube isn’t your thing, a free DVD workout and nutritional guide are included. There’s no point putting all the effort into a great body when you’re still munching on fast food, right?
- Padded swivel seat is great for your core
- Free workout DVD and Nutritional Guide
- Multiple resistance levels, so it will always be a challenge
- Padded backrest makes it a lot easier on your back
- Designed to eliminate Neck and Back pain
A solid design and you can get a great workout in a short time. Awesome for those with busy lives or just dipping their toe into the world of fitness for the first time. It’s not really portable, but then it’s made for people who want to spend five to ten minutes on a good workout from the comfort of their own home.
By now you should have a good idea of what’s available to you. Which one you should purchase depends on your personal circumstances, level of fitness, and preference.
If you’re looking for a solid piece of gear to use at home, both the Ab Circle Pro and the Ab Rocket Twister make good buys.
If you really want to work your abs hardcore, like a Navy Seal, then consider the Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro. One of the designers is an ex-Navy Seal, and it’s designed to give you the best workout minus the usual difficulties of an ab roller.
If you want something that can give you a total body workout either at home or the gym and isn’t a pain to carry around, the Wonder Core Smart Fitness Equipment is a great choice. It comes highly recommended, and the results you can get with it are amazing.
For beginners, almost all of them are a good option, even the Ab Roller. Most of these companies customers are first time users of ab equipment, so they have to be designed with the general public in mind. Otherwise, they won’t be in business long!
It’s a straight choice then for whether you want something to use for just at home, or home and the gym, and whether you don't mind something bulkier, like the Ab Circle Pro, or you want something nice and compact like the Wonder Core Smart.
It is certainly worth saying one more time that your diet will go a long way to helping you achieve your desires. Most of the ab equipment come with free nutritional guides, and even if they don’t, there’s a wealth of information online.
With a little bit of research you will be eating the right foods and, with the right ab machine, you’ll be burning the calories in no time at all.