This XtremepowerUS Abdominal Crunch Coaster review will explore this product in an attempt to ascertain whether it can help you to get a more impressive six pack and core.
If you want to get an amazing looking six pack, then it is crucial to understand the fundamentals of how to train the core. The problem here is that a lot of people will focus too heavily on the same few exercises that they know all too well. That means sit ups most of all and it also means crunches.
The XtremepowerUS Abdominal Crunch Coaster aims to provide an alternative to that kind of training at home that theoretically should be able to provide a better and more targeted challenge. But can it really deliver? Let’s take a closer look and find out!
Overview and Features
The XtremepowerUS Abdominal Crunch Coaster is an ab bench that works a little differently to the kinds of ab trainers that you might have at your local gym. The big difference here is in the way that the machine has been designed to be a ‘bottom down’ machine.
Often, when you find ab machines at the gym, you’ll find that they involve a seat that keeps you upright and two handles that you can hold onto on either side of your head. The machine will then bend with you as you pull those handles downward and toward your knees. The result is that you’ll be performing a crunch motion while pulling against resistance (weight) to make the challenge harder.
This machine turns that idea on its head however. Here, you will keep your upper body upright and in a fixed position, while it is your knees that will move by sliding along a rail to take you through a predetermined range of motion.
This process allows for a particularly quick method of training the abs. The kneeling pad slides quickly up the rails while offering just the right amount of resistance to make it something of a challenge. You can also increase this challenge yourself if you have lb weights by attaching them to the weight peg. The best part is that this movement is actually quite fun to perform – so you may find yourself training more often as a result.
There are some other likeable features here too. For one, the machine is adjustable to ensure that it will perfectly match your height. At the same time, it also has the ability to slightly twist along the seat – which means you can train slightly different areas such as the obliques.
The machine is well made. It doesn’t have too large a footprint, but at the same time, it is sturdy and stable and won’t shake around as you use it.
The big question though, is whether the XtremepowerUS Abdominal Crunch Coaster can offer enough of a difference as compared with regular sit ups. Can it help you to actually build a toned and impressive looking six pack?
The answer of course comes down to you and how hard you train. But there are definitely some notable advantages to using a machine like this.
Firstly, the XtremepowerUS Abdominal Crunch Coaster takes you through a predefined motion that has been specifically chosen for its ability to target the rectus abdominis – the plate of muscle found on the front of the stomach.
This is where many people actually go wrong. The precise movement that is often used by newcomers when training their abs with sit ups actually doesn’t target this area at all. Instead, they will often end up engaging their hip flexors instead: the muscles that would normally be used to simply raise the legs straight up. They are folding at the waist, rather than crunching the abs.
What’s more, is that the XtremepowerUS Abdominal Crunch Coaster allows you to add extra weight to the movement. This is important, seeing as many of us require extra resistance and stimulus in order to build those abs – the problem is often that the ab work we do is too easy and thus doesn’t cause microtears in order to trigger hypertrophy.
Oh and the speed of the motion means this is also very well suited to training in a more cardio or HIIT fashion. This way you can burn fat while toning the abs and potentially create a ‘metcon’ style workout. This is important too, seeing as ‘resistance cardio’ (cardio against resistance) is actually thought to be one of the most effective tools for weight loss and creating more visible abs.
While this machine is well made and well designed for training the abs, there is no such thing as a perfect product!
One slight issue with this machine is that it is relatively inflexible in terms of how you want to train. In other words, although it works very well, you won’t have a lot of option when it comes to trying out different types of exercise and the like.
At the same time, it’s worth noting that this type of design doesn’t lend itself particularly to very high weights. This works best as a more ‘toning’ oriented device, rather than something that you might use in order to build a lot of strength as a pro athlete.