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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scooby doo February 9, 2016 at 6:05 pm

Haha, you are a doofus!

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Marcie January 20, 2015 at 5:45 pm

I am a 71-year-old female with arthritis, scoliosis and a bulging disk who spent much of my day on a heating pad. After deciding I’d had enough, I started strength training at a gym specializing in the over-50 demographic; it wasn’t enough, so I bought the ab-carver pro. The wheel is wide enough to safely support me, and I appreciate the help the spring provides. I don’t like wearing my glasses when I’m exercising, so I used a black marker to more clearly label the left side of the wheel to prevent an accident.

After a couple of months of 3 sets, 3 x week, I have the beginnings of a 6 pack !

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L Adams February 4, 2015 at 3:31 am

Marcie, YOU ROCK! I hope when I’m 71 I have your positive attitude, and a 6 pack!

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MB April 18, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Thank you Marcie. I am 63 and was wondering if safe to use. I have lost 10 lbs and am working on the next 10 before I am satisfied. I have a stair climber I use and do some upper body exercises but now need to up the game a little more to tone and to keep from getting bored. This looks fun.

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SFC July 6, 2015 at 8:42 am

Wow! Ms. Marcie. You have inspired me to get back into the gym.

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alex May 12, 2015 at 9:08 pm

i just purchased the ab carver pro and i do not have much body fat in my ab region so if i just continue to work out with the product will i start to see abs

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De Ardis D. August 17, 2015 at 5:41 pm

I have been using the Ab Carver Pro for three months and could not be happier with the results. I work out four to five days a week and wanted a solid core exercise that would not become boring after a few weeks and this little gizmo fits the bill. I made some tweaks to my meals to take advantage of the core workout and continued aerobic training and weight training. In eight weeks I went from 26% body fat to 20% with a goal of 19%. I am 67 years old and feel as fit as ever, I will continue using the Ab Carver in my exercise routines.

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Jim September 11, 2015 at 11:58 pm

This is a great product. Using this daily and eating better has helped me look and feel better. This is 40 bucks well spent.

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Elizabeth October 28, 2015 at 3:33 pm

I am a woman, middle fifties, and I purchased the ab carver pro around 2 months ago. After using it twice per day, morning and early evening, I am noticing a more sculpted ab area. One reason I strive for a strong core is to avoid back issues. Also I want to retain my height and stature. Having said all that, it is my belief good posture and avoiding back trouble maintains a positive outlook and youthfulness.

I highly recommend this product.

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Janis January 5, 2016 at 2:49 am

I work roadshows and do not have any time to get to a gym, so I started using the ab carver morning and night in my hotel room. I do 120 reps a day and have aleady lost 3 inches around my waist and am carving and toning my mid section after only 14 days. I am not even dieting but still seeing real results. Not only that but my back, arms and neck have gotten so strong that I can roll out further without worrying I’ll wrench myself. I couldn’t be happier.

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Janis January 5, 2016 at 2:50 am

I work roadshows and do not have any time to get to a gym, so I started using the ab carver morning and night in my hotel room. I do 120 reps a day and have aleady lost 3 inches around my waist and am carving and toning my mid section after only 14 days. I am not even dieting but still seeing real results. Not only that but my back, arms and neck have gotten so strong that I can roll out further without worrying I’ll wrench myself. I couldn’t be happier. Get it and use it!

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Janis January 5, 2016 at 2:50 am

I work roadshows and do not have any time to get to a gym, so I started using the ab carver morning and night in my hotel room. I do 120 reps a day and have aleady lost 3 inches around my waist and am carving and toning my mid section after only 14 days. I am not even dieting but still seeing real results. Not only that but my back, arms and neck have gotten so strong that I can roll out further without worrying I’ll wrench myself. I couldn’t be happier. Get it and use it!

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John L February 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm

I have herniation on my L4 and L5. Just walking will often give me a back pain. It wasn’t as bad until one day, I did a simple sit up. So, I do not want to do sit ups.

That said, if this device can help me with my core, I will buy it. The question is… does it really help cut the fat? Obviously, you will need to do cardio to lose weight, but what I have heard is that sit ups and gadgets like these do NOT help reduce the fat. Granted, it builds muscles to burn the fat, but what one really needs to do is slow burning cardio, like power walks? Please help and clear the myths. Thank you in advance.

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Mary February 24, 2016 at 6:40 pm

I just started using the ab carver and,the first day I felt it working in my arms chest and stomach.I rested one day and still feel the work out so my question is should I continue when I no,longer feel pain?should you work out everyday?

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David Hardt February 29, 2016 at 7:48 pm

If you are doing a fitness challenge or just need fitness support join https://www.facebook.com/groups/Abcarverandfitliving/
This is different from the normal fitness groups, this is devoted to fitness challenges and overall fitness life. Post your blog, fitness video and progress pictures…Thanks for all the support. Here is my youtube fitness challenge for the Ab Carver. …https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhjFxEIbodgRm1Z223hdzvaPu5MNsxrqY

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bob February 29, 2016 at 11:30 pm

I like pie

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Jay April 8, 2016 at 10:28 pm

Picked this up at Costco for $20.

Took me a month or so before I could use it regularly. It tore my abs to shreds initially. It absolutely will yield results if you stick with it. I’ve lost 30 pounds in four months. It’s mostly due to better eating, but the Ab Carver gives me something to do at home. In the morning. At night. It’s good for you.

Male. 43. Herniated disc @ L5/S1. Never had a problem.

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Chas July 5, 2016 at 1:05 pm

I bought the AB Carver Pro at Wal-Mart for $21 the other day and felt the burn the first time using it. I use it in the gym between machine and free weight work and it works well to keep my core engaged instead of waiting until the end of the workout (yes, I could do crunches between sets but this makes AB work more interesting than what I have been doing.) Like any other workout gear, you need to use it correctly, regularly, and have a sensible diet if you want to see the difference you are making. Otherwise you will feel tight but won’t show it…

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