Does the Ab Carver Pro Really Work?


Does the Ab Carver work?The Ab Carver takes an ab exercise that is widely regarded as effective and puts a product behind it. It is supposed to give you a lean and toned midsection, but how well does it really work, and is it more effective than doing these without a device?

Overview
This is from the same company that brought you other Perfect products like the Perfect Push Ups, the Perfect Pull Ups, and the Perfect Sit Ups. They’ve got a knack for taking traditional exercises and putting a simple device to them so that you’re able to perform them more easily.

The Claim
The makers of the Ab Carver Pro claim that their product will help you develop a stronger core, getting that six-pack that you’ve always wanted. They say their ab gadget has a kinetic engine, which accentuates the workouts by adding spring-loaded resistance and support that is lacking when you try to do these unassisted. It means that as you extend outward it provides resistance, which engages your core, and on the way back up it provides assistance so you don’t throw your back out.

They also say that you’ll be able to work out the oblique muscles because it lets you slant to the right and left, activating the muscles on the side of the body. The grips are designed to fit nicely in your hand, which cuts down on the amount of strain on other muscles, and makes you feel more secure and confident while performing the exercise.

The Hype
They are definitely riding on the success with their previously released products, and they also enjoy the benefit of positive word of mouth. It also has the added hype benefit of being designed by a former Navy SEAL, which most people equate to being fit and special ops-ready.

The Cost
There are three different packages that you can buy. The basic Ab Carver package includes just a pair of knee pads so you can be more comfortable while on all fours, and goes for $40, or 2 payments of $20 plus shipping. The next step up is $60 total and comes with the Perfect Push Ups as well. The most deluxe package has all of that plus the Perfect Pull Ups bar and goes for $90

The Commitment
You will need to use this on a regular basis in order to see results, and you’ll need to commit to a diet plan and aerobic exercise if you want to get a six pack.

Evaluation
You don’t need an Ab Carver in order to do the exercise that it assists with. All you really need is a smooth floor and a towel. Then you simply slide your arms out until you feel the stretch and the burn in your core. Then you contract your core and return to the original position. What the Ab Carver does is gives you sturdy handles to hold onto, and assists you so that you can ease your way into ab training with the assistance it provides.

Those that are in the know about fitness and bodybuilding point out that this is simply an upgraded ab wheel. Ab wheels are basically wheels with handles that let you do basically the same exercise, but don’t have it the resistance or assistance, which is why most people don’t use them.

The verdict from users is that this is a well-made product that stands up to repeated use. Most people that have tried it out have pointed out that it works as described. It may still end up collecting dust from non-use, much like treadmills and other exercise equipment. It’s just human nature to buy a workout product in hopes of turning over a new leaf, only to have it taking up space.

Final Ab Carver Review

We’re giving the Ab Carver Pro our Thumbs Up rating, because this is a company with a track record or providing quality equipment at reasonable prices. We’ve seen knockoffs go for less but then they end up breaking down or not working as good as you expect them to. With the positive feedback it’s received, and the fact that it doesn’t include a lot of moving parts, just an internal spring, you can expect it to work as advertised.

Our Recommendation
This makes a nice addition to any home gym, and it’s easy to store away when not in use. Your abs are a muscle group you can work every day, and core work not only makes you midsection look tighter, it helps with things like balance and overall stability. It’s nice that you don’t have to do crunches and sit-ups, and can still get a solid core. With the included knee pads you won’t get calluses on your knees and this is a good all around package.

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Huguett February 7, 2013 at 4:00 am

To be honest, all you need is your will to get fit and you don’t really need any other gizmos to build a body you can be proud of. But you know, I do believe that some fitness toys can help you get motivated or make things more interesting. At times they may even help you get fit faster. I like the concept of ab carver and all, but I don’t know that I’ll be spending money to get it. I do need to lose some weight and tone up though.

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Kaila Braley August 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

That’s what I was thinking. You can buy all of the get fit gadgets you want, but unless you have the will power to use them all the time, then you won’t get any sort of results. That being said, if you do have the motivation, sometimes something that makes it a little easier and more fun to get good results is just what you need.

I would like to try this product, because my abs are my problem area, and it would be nice to have an easy to use and fun device that makes ab work outs more effective. I do sit ups and different types of things at the gym, but I would like to try this one too. It looks nicer than other types of this gadget that I’ve seen.

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LUIS PINEIRO March 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I bought the Ab Carver a week ago and much to my surprise I started feeling it working on my abs; shoulders and arms the very first day! Its amazing and I recommend it to anyone who is physically capable of using it.

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andres Vargas July 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm

You can get a similar device for much cheaper than $40, although it probably won’t come with knee pads! This beings said, as far as the technology goes, this is a great tool for developing a strong core, which is essential for a good mid-section. But as I have said time and again in reviews of similar items, the key to good abs is diet. You can do all the crunches you want or spend hours a day using the ab-carver, but if you don’t carefully control your diet YOU WILL NOT SEE THE EFFECT! Yes your core will be strong, which is great, but you won’t se your abs until your fat levels are WAY down, and using this device does not reduce fat levels.

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Josh B August 5, 2013 at 2:05 am

I agree. There’s usually a better product out there for much cheaper. But like you said, if don’t bother to change your eating habits all it will do is make you gut protrude more. You will be strong nonetheless but if you want results you need to adjust your eating habits as well. You’re only going to achieve your loss if you do a combination of the two anyway. Exercising just isn’t enough to do the job unfortunately. You need to have both in order be successful with your weight loss goals.

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Tony October 24, 2013 at 2:50 am

I reverse the hand grips and start fully extended out and pull in so the resistance is not assistance. Nothing says to do this, in fact it is not the suggested proper use, but I like it.

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slick rick with a thick May 3, 2014 at 7:32 am

I jus bought the above carver. I am a body builder. In order to lift heavier weight one must have a strong core. Therefore, I recommend this product. It further appearing, my first use I could see the above carver engage the same muscles similar to six inches and dragonflies. However, it works it at a comfortable position for reputetion.

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Lonny May 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Been using this at the gym. Very effective and hits the muscles every time I use it where the ab/crunch machines needs a bit of resistance to get any results, This tends to leave my back mostly lower aching for a day or two.

Ab Carver Pro does it job when used correctly ….
5 sets 30-50 reps/2-5 mins is perfect for me.

You will fill it from day 1 too day 100.
Guaranteed.

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Andy November 26, 2014 at 9:16 am

I ever tried a similar product like this. But do beware of the spring loading direction. If not it will become a bodily hazard. I did this many years back not knowing the proper use of it. And in the I got the spring direction reversed not knowing …the next thing…I had the equipment ZOOM back at me and as a result my face landed on the hard floor and suffered a broken tooth.

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