The Ab Carver Pro is an abdominal workout device that puts a twist on floor exercises by adding resistance to workouts that would otherwise have no resistance. This auxiliary device uses a kinetic engine to determine the amount of force generated, so each individual’s strength determines the intensity of the workout.
- Simple to use, but intense
- Ergonomic handles
- Kinetic Engine
- Easy on the back
- Limited color options
- Puts pressure on the knees
I’ll be honest: I’m a sucker for defined abs and any workout product that claims to help maintain them. The minute any new product hits stores, I’m all over them (I have a growing collection of workout aid products at the bottom of my coat closet). The problem with me is that any routine I try gets boring after the third week (and third is kind of pushing it), so I’m always in the market for a new product that changes up the game.
The Ab Carver Pro is designed to target the same muscles that standard calisthenics exercises typically target and more, because it expands your range of motion and propels your body in the chosen direction, giving you the freedom to push yourself that much further. As much as I love the burn of accomplishment that results after a particularly intense session of side planks and twists, I have to say, the Ab Carver Pro certainly simplifies the process by eliminating the pain caused by too much twisting early on, so you have the strength to keep your workout going longer.
So, Why the Ab Carver Pro?
In the past, I’ve tried exercising oblique muscles by doing the whole forward-stretch thing with a weighted ball (for those who have never used one, is an extremely difficult workout tool to guide for any exercise among the gracefully challenged demographic). Needless to say, that worked out a little less desirably than I thought it would. The Ab Carver Pro significantly appealed to me because the construction is rugged enough to be used on any type of flooring (though, for the sake of my knees, will be restricted to gym floors unless there’s a yoga mat handy).
One of the more attractive features about this gadget (that sets it apart from weighted fitness balls) is that it has an internal carbon spring kinetic engine that helps intensify your workout while still offering you support. As you extend your body and roll the device forward, the kinetic engine kicks in and provide resistance against you, creating tension for a stronger workout (and keeping you from shooting forward. And possibly face-planting.), but when you reverse directions, the engine recoils and allows you to gently ease back into starting position, preventing excess muscle stress and saving your back from a painful aftermath.
I’m sure I’m not the only person who has had the experience of feeling like their muscles could take more lifting or more pushing, but have had to stop a workout due to uncomfortable handles. The handles of the Ab Carver Pro are ergonomically designed, so your hands stay comfortable for the duration of your workout. Plus, they enable you to guide the gadget to the left and right to work your oblique muscles for a highly effective workout.
The unit is durably constructed from heavy duty materials to withstand long periods of frequent usage. The exterior of the Ab Carver’s wheel is covered in a rubber shell, which helps to create additional resistance and also stabilize the unit as it supports your weight (a huge improvement from weighted balls that roll amok any way they want to). Shallow treads ensure that the Ab Carver Pro never loses traction no matter how fast you go.
Although this product requires you to put pressure on your knees for balance throughout your workout, the constant back and forth motions of your body help alleviate enough stress so that you’re not over-straining them to a painful point. The kit contains a pair of specially designed foam knee pads that absorb some of the shock from kneeling, making it easier for you to continue working out for longer amounts of time and reducing the susceptibility to calluses on your knees.
Although the Ab Carver Pro is designed to target and tone the abdominal muscles, the kinetic engine’s resistance also creates a workout for your arms, so you’ll tone your arms and abs simultaneously.
Of course, as anyone who has ever made a significant body transformation will tell you, working out is just half of the transformation and toning process. For that reason, the basic kit also includes a Digital Workout program filled with instructional videos and tips on healthy eating to get your workout started on the right track. The Ab Carver Pro can be used along with any workout program that focuses on abdominal toning, but as always, consult a doctor before beginning any strenuous workout program.
The Basic Ab Carver Pro package is available directly from the manufacturer for just $40.00 or two payment installments of $19.95, plus shipping and handling.