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Ab Coaster: Another ab machine that will end up in your garage?

By Krizia

ab_coasterI rarely do ab exercises anymore and my abs are firmer and flatter than ever before!!! Yes, you read that correctly. Once a trainer told me many years ago that you cannot target train (aka train to lose weight in one part of your body without losing in other parts of your body)  to lose fat in one specific part of your body and that you needed an overall fat lost plan to be successful, that was the end of my torturous sit-ups (which I never enjoyed doing in the first place).

These days, I work out my core with exercises that are inspired from Pilates and yoga. I also do a number of core exercises on the floor, the bench and I even do one with the cable machine (this one can easily be done with an exercise elastic band as well).

Also, when I do any type of exercise, I make a point of contracting my abs and holding my core as steady and strong as possible, so I’m basically working my abs along the way and not waiting until the end of my workout to sit on a mat and do 500 sit-ups.

Every year, there is a new batch of ab machines that hits the late night air waves (aka late night  infomercials that I like watching so much) and the market to lure couch potatoes in changing their ways.

As I was channel surfing (late one night), I saw an advert for the Ab Coaster. You should have seen my face because the minute I knew what this was all about, I was already rolling my eyes.

Wait a minute, I’m mistaken, I didn’t see the Ab Coaster for the first time on an infomercial, but rather on the Shopping Channel. From what I could see, the Ab Coaster is a fairly big machine and I don’t think you can fold it and hide it anywhere in your home. The whole point of the Ab Coaster is to help you perform assisted leg-pull-ups (where you pull your legs to your chest to create a crunch effect). I see really strong guys doing this exercise unassisted at the gym by gripping the top of the cable machine and lifting their legs to their chest while swinging in mid air. I’ve even seen many guys add up to 90 lbs of weight (they grip the weight with their feet) and do those types of leg-pull-ups and I can assure you it does NOT look easy.

I guess, the manufacturer of the Ab Coaster thought they would be offering the same benefits.

Now, my problem with this machine and pretty much every home-exercise-machine that I’ve ever seen (other than the Boxflex which is on a totally different planet of effectiveness) is that none of them take into consideration two important things: 1) boredom from performing the same-old-same-old exercise rain or shine 2) lack of muscle confusion. When you keep doing the same exercise, you will see results early in the game, but will quickly plateau as your body gets comfortable with the movements.

To be fair to the manufacturer, I’ve not tried their Ab Coaster machine, but at $349 CAD/$399 US (you’ll be paying 4 payments of $99.95), it begs the question:

“Will the Ab Coaster really deliver results or will this be yet another exercise machine that ends up in your garage?”

I’ve done a few searches on YouTube and found videos or a number of people who seem to be suggesting that they are getting good results from their Ab Coaster machine.

I’d love to know if any of my readers have had such great results. If you’ve tried the Ab Coaster, don’t be shy in leaving a comment below!

You might also want to read what I think of the Slender Shaper: Slender Shaper fat burner and muscle building machine

Here are a few Ab Coaster videos you might find interesting:

Ab Coaster promotional video:

Ab Coaster how-to videos:

Ab Coaster how-to videos – more exercises:

Ab Coaster review done by a woman:

Paul’s consumer review part 1:

Paul’s consumer review part 2:

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9 Responses to “Ab Coaster: Another ab machine that will end up in your garage?”

  1. Ab Exercise Machine Says:
    June 4th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    […] Ab Coaster: Another ab machine that will end up in your garage I guess, the manufacturer of the Ab Coaster thought they would be offering the same benefits. Now, my problem with this machine and pretty much every home-exercise-machine. […]

  2. Rebecca Says:
    November 7th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    hi there,
    just tried this once for the first time today in a store. Obviously can’t speak to whether I’d get bored with it or not but I found it marvelously FUN! Much more than any other machine i’ve tried in the gym or at home. Certainly it IS large and unfoldable so you should have dedicated space for it. And $400 is high. but just my two cents, I hate ab work and this was dare I say it: enjoyable.

  3. Rick Says:
    December 4th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I use one at the gym – its a great exercise to do along with a circuit workout – I’ve had good results.

    Not what I would consider a good piece for home use since its not something you can do for more than 5 minutes.

  4. Donna Says:
    February 18th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I purchased one used from someone for $200 so much more affordable, however I do more than just this, I work out in the morning to wii active fit and evening, bowflex treadclimber, total gym , ball so basically added it to my home gym for a more toning exercise, I hate being on the floor to do them, just my 2 cents. SO far So good.

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    November 20th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

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  7. Joe Hussar Says:
    February 24th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    The intent of the Ab-Coaster is not a panacea. It is, however, a credible adjunct to my home gym. The results, after two months, are what I expected. Not being overweight, the machine strengthens and tones my abs. This is important to me in my training as a master’s breast stroke and butterfly swimmer where ab conditioning serves as pivot for strong kick, undulation, and lunge forward.

  8. Athkar Says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 11:35 am


    I would like to ask you, did you really try it out? Is it worthing the money?

  9. Matt Says:
    January 18th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I purchased this at Costco for $139.00 after trying it in the store. We love it. My wife and i are runners, averaging 20 miles a week this is a perfect machine for us to mix in. there are plenty of exercises you can do on it besides the two major obvious motions. Just like anything else, u get out of it what you put iin. Don’t knock it it till i try it and try it for at least 10 sessions. It may end up in our garage one day but not for a long long time. Totally worth $139.00