Fat busting/Ab circle



  • My wife loves exercise machines the more gimmicky the better. So as an early Xmas present I got her the AB circle. It arrived today and as Im at home with the kids I decided to see exactly how authentic this thing is. We have an initial 30 day trial so the plan is to do at least 3min a day for the next 28 days. 28 days gives me a sufficient amount of time to actually achieve some results,if any can be, and leaves me 2 days to return it should it be a piece of crap.

    Hopefully it could also give other ferners an insight into whether or not its worth buying.

    Arrived this morning at about 10 and I've done 3 lots of 3min(one in each setting). While Im doing it I have to say that it feels mostly like Im working my hips, triceps and lats. Does not seem to be working my Abs at all. BUT about 5 mins after each set I have tightened up in the ABs considerably and Im going to feel it tomorrow. It seems to be working more than I bargained for. Early days though.



  • That's the one that swizzles side to side right? Are you finding that the movement on it quite loud?



  • [quote name='Milk']That's the one that swizzles side to side right? Are you finding that the movement on it quite loud?[/quote]

    Yeah that the bugger. I thought it worked on bearings and figured it would be loud. But it actually has 1 1/4 inch piping for the track and plastic rollers attached to the underside of the knee pads that just roll along the pipe. Pretty quite. My daughter was watching a movie and didn't seem bothered.

    First gripe would be as Im a fairly big lad* the knee pads have bugger all give to them. I'll have bruises in the morning so thats a major problem early on.

    Also works better on carpet. I have wood floors in most of the house and it slides a bit which throws off your rhythm something chronic.

    *Weight limit of 120kg too. Im 105 And I reckon you wouldn't want to be much bigger, a little bit tinny.



  • 3 minutes equals about 75 reps either side(150 all up is what the machine will indicate) so it is a fair bit of movement. I did my last lot at 4pm roughly on the highest incline and my mid section is sore, a good sore though which is a good sign.



  • Someone told me they saw it advertised on Goodmorning or something and you could barely hear the presenter talk. They must have misplaced the microphones maybe.

    I've seen the informercial a few times. It's more bearable than the Zumba one doing the rounds at the moment. In that one this guy parks his truck and busts out some Zumba in the back of the truck. He stops and and waves enthusiastically at some passing kids, who wave enthusiatically back. In real life I reckon the cops would be called right then and there.

    I'm only average height but I find I'm too tall for some of gym machines that are made for the home, well for those cheapish all in one sets anyway.

    Good luck with the AB Circle Pro-ing, be interested to hear how you get on.



  • Considering that as advertised 3min is like doing 100 sit ups I don't feel like I've done 300 the day before. My lower back is a lil achy and my hammys are a bit tight. But nothing in the stomach area.

    finished my 1st set for the day. Still nothing during the actual activity that feels like the AB's are getting a work out. Thought I'd do some Otago crunches as a comparison and almost an instant burn. Won't be doing any conventional sit ups for the duration as just for experimental purposes.

    I decided to give the dietary plan a go too so had a protein shake for breakfast and some fruit(7.30), having chicken'n'rice next(10.30), chicken'n'salad(1.30), protein shake and water(4.30) and then hopefully some fish and steamed vegies(7.30).

    Eating every three hours obviously cuts out the cravings for snacking.

    I'll throw in a run this arvo. Im just getting over a rolled ankle so at this stage it's just light stuff and right now maybe once or twice a week.



  • Is this machine endorsed by Chuck Norris ? if not I'd seriously doubt its effectiveness Raz xzxcool



  • If for no other reason buy the AB circle for the free instructional DVD, the chick who endorses this thing is fit as hell!



  • 3rd day and very stiff in the back and hammys are a bit tight. My abs however are still not really getting any benefit. Im determined to stick it out but if this back thing gets any worse Im sending it back....



  • [quote name='Razbra']3rd day and very stiff in the back and hammys are a bit tight. My abs however are still not really getting any benefit. Im determined to stick it out but if this back thing gets any worse Im sending it back....[/quote]

    Then you can order the next one that takes your fancy off an infomercial, use that for 30 days and repeat the cycle ! xzxcool

    Why haven't I thought of this, brilliant. xzxgood

    Anyone seen that one sponsored by Leanne from downsize me ? ( who incidentally looks like she should be practicing what she preaches a bit more )

    Apparently all you do is lean on it and it wobbles you into shape. Outstanding. All for 4 "easy" payments of 200 odd bucks....



  • Im a pretty healthy guy normally. I go for runs and do a fair amount of weights. I eat Maccas maybe once every couple of months when the kids demand it. So long story short Im not obese. So you can imagine my surprise to find that I seem to have lost a couple of cm off the waist in 3 days. I have modified my eating schedule though so Im not ready to say this AB machine is any good.

    Still stiff in the back and the major difficulty with this machine is that because it moves in a circular motion you are forced outward like a mini gravitron(fun park ride), so I find Im straining so much in the legs trying to stay on that the workout is all there, as mentioned several time already mostly in the thighs and hammys.

    MN5: I have to admit I really had no intention of keeping this thing. My wife however claims that it is already a miracle worker, for someone who used to live at jenkins gym she seems to know bugger all about quality equipment.

    Of course this may in fact be quality equipment......[size=7]not bloody likely[/size]



  • Lower back issues have stopped. Still a bit of a fight to actually stay on the bloody thing but Im fairly certain that has more to do with my size than anything to do with the machine.

    I can report Im starting to see some pretty good results. Dropped 2 kegs in under a week of use. Again though, I am using the diet plan too.



  • I watched the infomercial yesterday, it said it was $29.95 for the 30 day trial... so how much does the actual machine cost to keep it longer?



  • saw the add while at the gum this morning and now know what you;re talking about. My wifes best mate loves all gimicky things too, she'll love this thing!!



  • [quote name='Milk']I watched the infomercial yesterday, it said it was $29.95 for the 30 day trial... so how much does the actual machine cost to keep it longer?[/quote]

    A ridiculous $360



  • xzxshok amazingly i have lost 5cm of the tum! Wifey is looking mint too! I really wanted it to be a piece of shit but im starting to get addicted to it.

    Im not ready to make love to it and actually fork out to keep it but I can report it is not a pile of shit xzxgood

    Still one very big day to get through on friday, the timing of my trial was not ideal.



  • Well for the first time in maybe 3 years Im under 100kg. I'd say it has more to do with my diet plan than the actual machine but results are results. I've lost 6kg and its xmas!

    I would likely have the makings of a 6 pack by now if I had been simply doing regular crunches. But the effort involved with using the machine is so low I don't mind so much.

    If I keep at it and make this an on going part of my daily work out then Im likely to get the 6 pack in about a month. Of course though that would require me to actually splash out and buy it out right.

    Some pretty good side effects have been the definition I've gained in areas I wasn't expecting to. My arms,chest and shoulders are starting to get pretty buff. I do light weights regularly but nothing like Bart,MN5 or RB, but it wasn't until I started using the machine that I got this type of definition(if this keeps up I may consider b4 and after pics...). Again the diet is the likeliest contributing factor here.



  • hey Raz, you're right about the definitioin coming from the diet - you can work out all you like, any method, but your muscle is always going to be covered by fat unless you eat right!

    Get those before and after photos quick!



  • yeah, but great results all the same, well done that man!



  • [quote name='BartMan']yeah, but great results all the same, well done that man![/QUOTE]

    Cheers Im pretty chuffed about it.



  • Yep top effort Raz, you've gone south of the hundie and I've gone north 103 at last weigh in !!! ( would insert shocked face in here if I knew how to on the new layout )

    Hard to curtail a few cheeky beers and vinos at this time of year but I'm watching what I eat so should get back to 99-100 shortly provided I eat the meat and salad and leave the white bread alone !



  • Growing up in a household that served a loaf of bread at every meal and was expected to be eaten I found it initially quite hard giving away white bread. It was a few years ago now but when ever I have white now its so flavourless. I will eat the stuff still hot from the bakery but I'd take whole grain or vogels any day of the week thanks over regular white bread.



  • [quote name='Razbra']Growing up in a household that served a loaf of bread at every meal and was expected to be eaten I found it initially quite hard giving away white bread. It was a few years ago now but when ever I have white now its so flavourless. I will eat the stuff still hot from the bakery but I'd take whole grain or vogels any day of the week thanks over regular white bread.[/QUOTE]

    Yeah white bread is so stuffed full of "bad' carbs it isn't funny. Weird that bread is so hard to completely give up but I was proud of myself the other day. Steak, chops, prawns, a couple of sausages, lettuce and no bread in sight. Twas a farkin great BBQ I must say....



  • Okie dokie

    went away for a week. 2 things happened. I lapsed and was treated to some good old family hospitality for the entirety of that week. 3 Hangi in one week!!!! My first spear hunting jaunt, shit loads of fish(none speared by me) and I swear I ate an entire formula tin of steam pudding. You can't say no when your guest.....

    So a couple kegs back on.

    Next we returned to Casa del Razbra and realised we had not returned the Ab circle before the 30 days had ended. Stuck with it now.

    Im determined to get my moneys worth so Im doing 3 times a day and as an added stupidity Im doing crunches sets in between.

    Diet wise as mentioned on MN5 thread we have decided to cut the carbs at dinner. Last night had mussels,prawns and lemon fish with spinach and a sav reduction and I can report it was the shit!

    Tons of fun trying to find ways not to have spuds and pasta!



  • Interesting thread Raz - it's almost like you work for the company. Lower everyone's expectations at the start. Complain about the equipment. And then, BANG, you come in with the great results.
    (I know that's not the case though ....)

    Your holiday away sounded awesome - 3 hangi in one week, that's like heaven. Steam pudding as well. Man I'm envious.



  • Yeah you're not wrong. The whole thread has a cheesy informercial feel about. Purely unintentional and here's proof.

    I would say had I been doing normal low impact swiss ball work or Otago crunches for the same amount of time I would honestly go out topless to do the groceries.

    Now what it does do is give me a placebo to lead into my other fitness work. I start on that thing every morning and I feel good and then move on to other exercises. It does some good but not really what it claims to do.

    The diet plan that came with it is commonsense and I got bored with it and went in another direction. But the important point here is that the diet has to go hand in hand with your training regime.

    The people that they use in some of the ads would not actually be able to use this machine as it has a weight limit of 120kg but I was 107kg when I started and had I been 110kg I think it would have folded under me.

    So basically I'll continue to use it on the basis that it has cost me $133(more than i was led to believe) for the next 3 months and I don't like to waste money.....too late.

    Anyway I reckon its good for a morning wake up and hey I lost weight using it. Still no substitute for hard work so my endorsement of the AB Circle Pro goes as such:

    I wouldn't buy it if you don't mind doing crunches. They are going to get you faster results and cost nothing! If you have motivation problems(normal ab work is too much like hard work for you) and are willing to stick at it(as it will take longer to get desired results) then I would say maybe this thing is good for you.

    Nepia: was pretty good we got to Piha and my cousin said his mate was putting one in the ground. Just for about 20 people. Then the following day we went to my auntie house and had and another(shame with this one though as one of the boys on steam watch didn't do his job and let a lot of the heat escape. some of the chicken had to be turfed) then the day we left we stopped at a mates in Taupo and caught the end of his.

    All were boutique jobs though. Nothing like what you get on the Pa



  • Whats the new diet Razbra? Cutting out bread...what else?

    MrsPaj and I have decided to give it a good nudge after living the dreamfor way too long.



  • ditch the carbs at night Paj - that has worked for Clan McBartMan. so no spuds, pasta and the like at night - shed loads of veg, and shed loads of dead animal - whcih you fridge appears full of!!



  • @Paj. I took a page out of Barts book as an experiment and honestly not likely to be looking back. I have cut right back on the carbs at dinner and that goes for the liquid kind as well. Which is what I miss most.
    Introducing more fish too. My kids don't have enough seafood and my wife and I had always intended to have that as we ate little as kids.

    All well and good only a couple weeks in to be talking like its worked for for years but It really is surprising how the weight falls off. It seems ridiculous that something so simple can make much of a difference!

    Question Bartman. I have noticed that I don't snack anymore. No cravings after dinner which I thought would be the complete opposite of what I'd feel like. Normal or am I just weird?

    Edit: Paj the no carbs thing works for me more than most likely because of my families dependence on pasta, bread and spuds. So I don't really need to do much more at this stage.

    Im slowly learning about what meats are best(cuts specifically) Im finding it really interesting.



  • Dunno Razz - I have a protein shake and Mrs B has yoghurt and protein pwder after dinner (an hour or two), but we don't really feel like snacking either - not through hunger anyway. If it si through anything, it would be through craving sugar or something - especially as the weeks get closer to comp!

    If you do get hungry though after dinner folks - just load your plate up with more VEG - sans peas and corn and the spuds!



  • So why are peas and corn not good vegetables. I find that surprising.



  • [quote name='BartMan']Dunno Razz - I have a protein shake and Mrs B has yoghurt and protein pwder after dinner (an hour or two), but we don't really feel like snacking either - not through hunger anyway. If it si through anything, it would be through craving sugar or something - especially as the weeks get closer to comp!

    If you do get hungry though after dinner folks - just load your plate up with more VEG - sans peas and corn and the spuds![/QUOTE]

    cheers bart.



  • [quote name='LAKiwi']So why are peas and corn not good vegetables. I find that surprising.[/QUOTE]

    corn especially is very high in carbohydrates



  • probably are good veg - just high in carb like Raz says!



  • Yeah, but it's not like it's the carbs in white bread, candy etc. Or is it as bad as those?



  • when you are carb depleting for a BB diet - any carb is bad. I am sure they are not bad for joe blogs!!



  • Been a while since I've had McD's but bowed to pressure from My kids yesterday after we went to the movies. God I feel shite today. The same thing happened the last couple of times I've had it.

    Woke with the shits!!! Back in my fast metabolism days I lived on this stuff with no ill effects but jesus its like a laxative now.

    I think the good thing here is that Im becoming less interested in the foods that would set me back because they are not agreeing with me anymore. It was not ever an issue for me in the past, old story eat what I want and be sweet, age has a nice way of leveling the score though.

    It's quite embarrassing not having ever taken notice of my nutrition having played several sports to fairly competitive levels. One year changed it all though. I couldn't do anything(sports/work) and continued on my merry way food wise and 20kg later.... It's amazing how good getting rid of old habits can make you feel.

    Example of habitual eating: I would eat a pie and bacon'n'eggs sammies from a bakery almost everyday on the job and wash it down with a V. I'd drink maybe 4 of those daily.

    Every friday I'd shout the boys a big breakfast as a motivational tool and do the same with the my wife on sat and sun morning.

    Worst eating habit Pie sandwiches!!

    Just far too stupid with my diet and it makes me feel sick thinking about it now.



  • Raz - I was a two big cans of Demon a day man, and a cookie time cookie, morning and afternoon smoko..>!! Have not had a demon for almost a year now, and few cookie times when I have been allowed, but wow, the shit you eat when you look back!



  • Noticing that the lower back is getting less of a work out now and the ab's are getting a bit more of their moneys worth. [I]Still[/I] not as good as conventional sit ups but at least the actual target area is now being targeted!

    Think perhaps the weight I was carrying in the back has gone and my technique is a bit better. Straighter back me thinks.

    Went to Valentines(only place my daughter ever wants to go to) last night and was full after just the one plate. Forced myself to have some dessert(well maybe forced is a bit to strong a word). If you know me well you'd know that is way out of the norm. I used to go in for at least a 4 plate minimum and that doesn't include dessert.

    Weight update too. 99kg!!!!!! Fucking stoked. I'd left it for a while, weigh ins, just to see how far I gotten. Im aiming for 90kg so Im happy as!

    Edit: put on some weight over xmas so pretty stoked that its getting me back in shape so quickly.



  • I was always the same Raz - get your moneys worth. There is a place in Mount Maunganui - Kwang Chows or something, good cheap chinese tucker, all you can eat. I always wanted to take prop cyril in there with me and eat them empty. Couldn't now, that is for sure!

    UNder three figures is always a landmark, well done.

    And maybe I need an ab circle pro so I can exercise my abs without killing my hernia!


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