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I have always been over weight with a few wobbly bits but what I really noticed after my daughter was born was how the shape of my tummy area changed and if I ever did loose weight or tone up, this was the last area to improve so I decided to invest in some sort of exercise machine to help.
The trainer comes flat packed (in 5 separate parts) but it was really easy to assemble, it even has step by step pictures in the instruction leaflet on how to do.
It currently retails at £10.99 and is only available at Argos; you can order online (but this is subject to the £5.95 delivery charge) or buy in store. One of the reasons I like Argos is the check and reserve facility, you can check stock at your local store and reserve until close of play the following working day.
To look at, the product is very simple in design, the metal frame and the head cushion is black and the handle bars are cushioned with bright blue thick foam.
Having had an ab-exerciser in my younger years, I started to look around and was amazed at the price range of the these products, some in excess of £30 so to buy this one at less than £10 proved to be a bargain.
What I love most about this is it is really easy to fold down and store away, just a few clicks and it is ready to slide under the bed or in the cupboard, I like to keep mine behind the sofa so at night I can do a couple of 100 while still watching television!
Using the abdotrim is really easy, you just lye on the floor, place your arms on the handle bars above your head and roll forwards. It is really low impact and to be honest, I don't really know I am doing it, especially if there is something good to watch however the results are noticeable. Within a couple of days of using, my 'work' trousers definitely fit differently. Rather than just doing the standard roll forwards, I do like to change it a little bit by doing the same exercise but perhaps lying on my side, legs up in the air, or squeezing my legs together in time with lifting. By doing this, it not only adds a little variety but also helps target different areas/muscles.
Overall, I would recommend this, the only downside is the squeaking (but a bit of WD40 would sort that), and therefore I would give 5 out of 5 stars.
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I've had this for absolutely ages - at least five years if not more! It was originally my Mum's but she never used it so I ended up having it and I like it so much that I decided to bring it with me when me and my boyfriend moved in together.
Although it is quite basic looking it is easy to use and actually quite fun - it's a nice change from stepping and twisting and although it isn't hugely effective as it is very low intensity I do feel that it has helped me tone up a little more (when used after I've being running etc rather than as a main way of exercising) and it definitely burns a few extra calories. If you are quite unfit then this will be a great way to start upping your exercise and it's a nice little addition to all of my other home fitness products.
I have no idea how much my Mum paid for this but as it's part of the Argos value range I can't imagine that it was very expensive and the current retail price is a very reasonable £10.99. Although I've had mine for a while the design has not changed at all. It is basically a half-square shaped large frame which is covered in blue foam. Using it is simple - I just lay down, flat on the floor or my exercise mat with my head on the raised cushion bit and my knees bent with my soles of my feet flat against the floor. I then place my hands on the handles which are easy to grip. Then I just use my arms to push myself fowards and upwards, tensing my stomach muscles as I pull myself upwards. I then gently ease myself backwards so that I'm flat on the floor and repeat this process until I start to feel bored or sore.
It is easy to do but quite tireing and I find that after ten minutes my arms and belly are quite sore and my neck tends to go quite stiff as well because I have to stay in one position when I'm using it. I don't often do much longer than ten minutes because of this and also because it can get quite repetitive. It's important to use it properly and tense your muscles rather than just rocking back and forwards else you won't see any results and on the ocassions that I didn't get into the right position or had my arms at the wrong angle it made my back feel quite strained.
I usually wear my wrist weights whenever I use it to burn even more calories and I've seen an improvement in my stomach; it looks and feels more toned and my core strength has definitely improved in the four(ish) months that I've been using this a few times a week although as I do quite a lot of exercise I am not sure if the improvement is purely down to this. Either way I feel fit and it is easy to do and I don't feel like such a slob when I've not been to the gym as I'm able to get this out and lay and exercise while I watch telly! It is much easier than sit ups and as long as I am laid flat and stay in the correct position when pulling myself upwards it doesn't hurt my arms or back. It does bang against the wooden floor even though it is padded so I'd recommend using it with a gym mat.
The only minor disadvantage that I am able to think of is that it is quite bulky and it's not able to fold up or anything. This isn't an issue for me though and I just keep it in the garage when I am not using it - it's light enough to transport from one room to another.
This Abs exerciser from Argos is a basic version of the ones found in pretty much every gym around the country and it is fair to say that you get what you pay for. It is a cheap piece of equipment given the price of £9.99 however this means it does have its limitations and is not the most comfortable abs exerciser that I have ever used.
The Abdotrim Exerciser is designed to make it easier to do stomach crunches as it takes the strain away from the back and neck area which is a common problem when they are done normally. It is easy to assemble straight from the box as there are only a few parts to match up and the instructions are easy to follow if you need to but intuition will tell you what goes where and once constructed it is pretty secure. I was not overly impressed with the headrest, it is not really contoured to fit teh head instead it is a roll of padded foam cushion that sits across the neck and while it does provide some support it is not a patch on the one I use at the gym.
The metal frame and padded hand rests are well constructed however the movement of the ab cruncher is not as smooth as I would have liked and while it is perfectly ok for me my other half says that it does not feel strong enough to him. It is a quite wide frame as given the price I feared it might be too narrow for him.
The other big negative with this is that once it is set up you are not really going to want to dismantle it and it does take up a bit of space because of the frame. As something that we only use if we cannot make it to the gym then it is perfectly ok especially given the cheap price however it is not something that I would be happy using every day as I'm not convinced how long it would last it we were both using it a lot. It is well worth using an exercise mat with it as well to prevent damage to your carpet.
Given the price it is not bad value however I will only give it three stars as it has a few design faults in my opinion.
I am a bit of a loser when it comes to new fitness fads. I love the idea that a new piece of technology is the answer to reducing my little pot belly. I came across this fascinating contraption that aided and assisted sit ups concentrating on toning up is my stomach.
It sounded to me like a great solution and had a shop around. I came across the abdotrim tummy exerciser in Argos for just under ten pounds. It seemed like a good bargain so I went for it.
The item came flat packed so was easy to get home. Putting together was so simple with a couple of screw ins and step by step instructions (takes around 2 - 5 minutes). Once built it is quite a chunky object so I keep it in the garage. I would not recommend having in the house all the time as it is rather large and quite an obscure shape to put away. It is built up like with a metal frame like a cradle with a comfortable soft head rest. There a two padded handles that you hold to keep you in position to complete sit ups. The handles are easy to grip and your hands do not slip. The metal frame is black and the padded head rest and handles are blue. It is all water resistant and so easy to keep clean by wiping down. It is sturdy if built well. Every few months you may want to tighten the screws to make sure it does not become rickety.
Doing the exercise is so simple. Simply lie down resting your head on the head rest and hold onto the handles and continually do sit ups. The cradle will rock and keep you in position for a complete sit up.
This is a great deal of hard work and you can really feel the effects of it. Your stomach will strain and be pushed to limits where a normal sit up just cannot reach. After four weeks of daily use I could see my belly become more toned and losing a bit of puppy fat.
If you are willing to put in the time and effort then this will do wonders for your tummy. This is not a get slim quick scheme. This is a long arduous workout that can produce amazing results.
I paid £12.99 for this ab exerciser from Argos, that was a few years ago now so I am not sure of its price now.
The handles are made of soft foam and are comfortable to hold. You hold on to the handles (laying with your back on the floor) and roll your body so the roller makes your abs crunch. It's just like doing sit-ups but the roller helps you along. Does it work? Well, I certainly felt the exerciser working my abs. It didn't hurt, it just pulled. You may feel your stomach (abs) aching for a few days after using this as the roller is working muscles that you wouldn't normally use. This feeling goes away after a few days, it's just a case of your muscles getting used to it.
Did I feel a difference after using this? I am pleased to say that I did. My stomach wasn't that much flatter but it felt more toned and my muscles felt stronger. This was based on fifteen minutes a day of using the roller. The great thing about the roller is that it doesn't take any assembly, you just store it and get it back out whenever you like. It is quite big though. It can't be folded down, so I just store mine at the bottom of my wardrobe.
The roller is strong, durable and easy to use. It will last you a while. I will award it the whole five stars as it's a cheap and easy way to exercise your abs.
Last year, I visited sunny Florida for 2 weeks in July, this was our 3rd stay and the first time that we decided to add water park tickets to our package, normally I wouldn't like to get in to my bikini in public, I am quite slim but like everyone I have 'problem' areas on my body, in my case its my stomach, I would love to have perfectly toned abs and have spent quite a bit of time perfecting them.
I shopped around a bit and decided to go with my cheapest option, the Argos Value Range Abdotrim Tummy Exerciser, it is simply a device that helps you do sit ups more correctly and much easier than if you were doing them 'free style'.
So I went to Argos and filled in my little order sheet and ordered, paid for and collected my new Tummy Toning machine, I was looking so forward to getting it out of the box and giving it a go.
When I got home, I found the Tummy Toner in pieces all ready to be assembled, it came with an easy to understand manual, and with the help of my fiance, we had it up and ready to use in less than 10 minutes.
This machine has a black foam cushion for you to rest your head on and blue foam covering the black bars for you to hold on to while you exercise to make it a more comfortable experience. This machine is quite sturdy and you can do your sit up exercises quite easily on it.
It takes up a bit of space and once it is set up isn't really that easily stored so if you are buying one, you should think carefully of where you would put it, I have a room with some gym equipment in my house so I just added it to my collection, so it is safely stored away from my nieces and nephews when they come round to visit.
Exercising with this Tummy Toner is really easy, you just hold the bars and rest your head on the foam cushion lying down, and then pull your body up along with the bars to do 'sit ups', you can do as many sit ups as you like, I like to do 100 every other day, though I will admit that some times I forget or just decide to be lazy and give myself a break.
I have been using this Tummy Toner for over a year, and I can see results, i started seeing results from when I started using it I seen results in about 3 weeks or so, my stomach started to tighten and it looks much more toned than it did before I started using this exerciser.
The only negative points that I can think of about this machine is that it does not have a counter to count the amount of sit ups that you have done in a session, or a timer to time how long your session has lasted, in fact there are no electronic features on this Tummy Toner, though this has probably a lot to do with the fact that it is very well priced at under £10.
When I bought this in Argos last year, it cost me under £10, I think it was £8.99 to be exact, which was as much as I was willing to pay for exercise gear. For the use that I have got out of it, I think that this was a really great buy and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to work on their abs and tone up a bit.
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I have had three children, and all three were delivered by emergency caesarean section, which quite frankly, left my stomach muscles shot to pieces! Even before children, when I was quite fit and active, I would say my tummy muscles were in worse shape compared to the rest of my body and I never had a lot of core strength to begin with.
A year or so after my last daughter was born, I decided I needed to do something about the state of my stomach - all the surgery on it has left me still with a somewhat rounded stomach, giving the appearance that I am a few months pregnant! I tried to do some stomach crunches on my own, but just didnt have that core strength to do more than a couple at a time and wound up getting frustrated. I began looking for a cheats way out, and was about to fork out for one of those belts that send electric currents into your tummy, when I spotted this in the Argos book.
When I first purchased this a few years ago, I spent £9.99 on it, although a quick look at Argos's current pricing shows it is currently selling at £8.99. It doesn't come with many health warnings, although it does state that the maximum user weight should be 15 stone 10lbs, or 100kgs.
Easy to assemble, this equipment is an almost U shape with a padded neckrest piece along the back, which you rest your neck against. There are then two bars which come up on either side of your head, and the ends are padded. You place your hands on the padded handlebars, with your elbows above the bars pointing out. It is simple to use, using your arms and the handlebars, you push down towards the floor, and using your tummy muscles aswell, you lift your upper body into a crunch.
I was amazed at how simple it was to use and the fact that it made doing the crunches so much simpler. I was using my arms as well to aid me, but was still using those tummy muscles and could feel them having to work. Whereas before I was struggling to do five crunches, I was finding it so much easier to 20 plus.
One downside to this is because of the shape of it, unless I plan on taking it apart every time I use it, it is a pain to store away. I have a small cupboard under my stairs which I store all my workout equipment in and I always find that one of the handles has got tangled up in something and it takes me forever to get it, giving me a workout before I have even started!
I also don't find I use it as much as I used to anymore. I found that after using it for a month or so, I had increased the strength in my core enough for me to be able to do my stomach crunches without it. It then sat in my cupboard for months and months without use. In fact I only got it out again this year after going a long time without doing any workouts, and I wanted a little helping hand to get myself kickstarted again, and that will probably be the only time it gets used again now, is if I take a break and then start again (which, being a woman, I most probably will, so won't throw it out!)
So if you are like me and have zero core strength, this is a great buy to help get some, and it does work, after using it for a month, just 3 or 4 times a week, I had lost 2 inches off my stomach, so it was helping make a difference. The only problem is it is rendered quite useless once you have built up that strength and feel you can go it alone.
Argos Value Range Abdotrim Tummy Exerciser
I bought this in Argos around three years ago now and at the time I think I paid around £10 for it. I bought it as my husband had one when we first met and although it had seen better days he thought it was great.
As the one he had was awful and this one was on offer I bought it, when I got it home and unpacked it from it's cardboard box I was a little disappointed to find that it was slightly different to the old one. The previous one was more rounded in shape whereas this one has corners!
It needed putting together and I am sure it had six screws or thereabouts, the black metal poles slot together to form this frame and the headrest sits in the allocated place. The bars are part covered with foam tubing in a blue colour.
Using the previous tummy exerciser was simple, as the frame rolled really easily, this one however is sat on pivoting hinges and it doesn't seem to move as fluidly as the other.
Seeing as I had thrown the other one out we were stuck with this one so I thought I'd best use it!
Laying on the floor and getting into positon on this rocking frame was simple, but getting yourself into the correct position for rocking is a little harder. You can do 20-30 sit ups using this and not feel any burn in the tummy muscles, this is how you know you are doing it wrong!
So I tried again and this time a little higher up I could feel something happening, this time I could feel the burn and it felt like I was actually exercising this time.
After doing a rep of about 30 I stopped and rested for a while and then done another 20. I felt pleased with the amount I had done and planned on building this up over the course of time.
Later on in the evening I could feel in my tummy where I worked on and was pleased with the effects.
My husband who is larger than me finds this model of the abroller smaller and less comfortable than the other but he can still use it effectivly.
It does help with exercises and can assist you in the hardwork that is a sit-up!
Having a complete ab workout?
I think I have been a bit obsessed about having a six pack since I was sixteen years old. Unfortenately my addiction to food and my laziness have never helped and I never really got that six pack. So these days when I workout I don't go for the idea that I will ever get a six pack, but I do like a flat stomach. I think working out is very important and not only for looking good. Strong muscles will help you during the day with everyday tasks and hopefully will help me when I'm older.
The Argos Value Range Abdotrim Tummy Exerciser is something I bought a bit in a impulse but I knew it was the right exercizer to buy. Normally I'm very sceptical about products you see at home shopping channels where they promise you that this machine will get you a six pack just in one week. Well I knew that that wasn't the case but I knew that this machine would be effective in my workout.
I have always preferred the 'old' way of doing abs training as I felt it was better because you where using your muscles on a better and more efficient way. It's the same really with a free weight workout because a machine may help you in your workout but with free weight you are the one having the control of your muscles. The key lays in doing the movement in the correct way and I think here lays the key why the Argos Value Range Abdotrim Tummy Exerciser can really help a lot of people.
The key in all workouts is doing them in a correct way because if you don't you won't see any results and second you will suffer from a lot of muscle pain like back pain. With abs training if you don't do the workout correctly you will suffer with back pain but also neck pain and you won't see any results soon. The Argos Value Range Abdotrim Tummy Exerciser helps in this department by making sure you will have the correct position while working out. It helps supporting the neck and head.
I like the design of the Argos Value Range Abdotrim Tummy Exerciser and it feels very secure while using it. It feels very light during the workout and the head support makes sure your head is on the right place. The framework has a thick padding and that gives it a strong robust feeling.
Like I said in the beginning it's important that you have the right position while working out and this device really helps you with this. Not everyone has a personal trainer to watch you while working out. The Argos Value Range Abdotrim Tummy Exerciser makes it easier to work and it's certainly better for your neck and back. It is still hard work though to get that perfect abs that's one thing that never changes.
The Argos value abdotrim is another one of those exercise items that I used to use all the time but has lately been consigned to the back of my cupboard. The reason for this isn't because I don't think it is any good but more because I think that I get a better ab workout from my exercise wheel instead.
I bought the abdotrim a couple of years ago and although I can't remember exactly what I paid it is currently being sold for £8.99 which seems like a fair price for it.
The abdotrim is a tummy tonner that you use to roll back and forth working out your stomach muscles.
Most people will be familiar with ab rollers and this one is no different with the exception of its shape which is a little bit more square and less curved than most of them are. You just need to place your head on the padded headrest and then you grab the arms and rock yourself back and forth which tightens the stomach muscles and improves your core strength.
It essentially does what doing a sit up would for your stomach but with this doing a sit up is made much easier. I'll be honest my core strength isn't so great and I struggle to do sit ups which is why I like exercise equipment that helps me. With this I can do considerably more sit ups than without it. My stomach muscles still hurt afterwards but in the moment the placement of my hands on the arms of the abdotrim make the rocking motion so much easier to accomplish.
Even though it definitely makes doing sit up a whole lot easier you need to be careful you don't become lazy and start using just your arm muscles to push yourself up and this won't help you get that flat stomach and makes using the abdotrim a waste of time.
For the money the abdotrim is quite good quality. Even though I have owned it for absolutely ages it is still in perfect working order with no missing bits or it looking a little worse for wear. The padding on the abdotrim makes it comfortable and it has the dual purpose of making it easier to grip so that you can do more sit ups without your hands slipping from the arms.
I do think it is quite narrow and I have to squeeze my shoulders in between the arms and it is a tight fit but I am 6 foot and quite broad. Other than this the only other problem with it is that it might make it easier to work out your abs but you do still need to work and the old adage of no pain no gain really applies to this.
WHAT IS IT?
An abdominal sit up exerciser from the Argos Value range.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
This abdominal exerciser is very flimsy and that means it doesn't feel like its supporting my weight properly. It arrived in three pieces but was very simple to fix together using the supplied bolts and washers.
To use the exerciser you rest your head on the padded pillow, grip the handlebars and rock backwards and forwards. It has quite a smooth rocking action but isn't curved enough for me to do my sit ups to the point of making my tummy muscles feel like they're working hard. The padding is also not thick enough to make exercising with it very comfortable, this is more apparent on the head padding as this is ridiculously thin and means I can feel the bolts and metal bar on my head each time I pull myself into sitting position.
The padding along the handles is very thin too, this isn't as much as a problem as at the head of the exerciser but if you use it for more than a few minutes at a time the bars will start digging into your forearms as you pull yourself up.
The idea is a good one as it allows you to do sit ups with a little more support, unfortunately the flimsy design of this one means it's not worth paying for as even though it's cheap the quality is appalling. I am only able to do around 20 sit ups at a time using it before the pressure on my head becomes too much, I like to do 100 sit ups as part of my exercise routine and that's not possible with this uncomfortable exerciser.
1 Dooyoo Star.
For years i have been wishing to have a flatter more toned stomach and spent a fortune on diet pills, gym memberships and home exercises equipment. As my stomach is the one part of my body needing the most work its the one part i hate the most , i long for the day i can wear a bikini on the beach instead of a tankini. I purchased the Argos value range abdotrim tummy exerciser in hope to help make stomach crunches easier and not so straining in hope that my flat stomach wouldn't take long to achieve.
Argos value range abdotrim tummy exerciser cost £7.99 around 10 years ago now so unsure if Argos still stock this model. It comes flat packed in a box with a short instructions to build the abdotrim up.
Setting the Abdotrim up was easy to do as the frame is made from stainless steel and had foam covers, each piece of pole had a small numbered sticker on it and each pole slotted into another then just screwing on the nuts to the bolts. The head part screws onto the frame at the bottom and looks like a pillow, it has a leatherette cover over the padded area and is blue in colour to match the blue foam covers on the rest of the fame.
Argos value range abdotrim takes up a lot of room and hard to store unless you take it to bits and store it back in the box, it measures roughly 27 inches tall and 27 inches wide. The abdotrim can take male and females up the the weight of 15 stone.
I use the abdotrim on top of my exercise mat for a little extra comfort and basically you lay down with the back of your head onto the pillow attached to the abdotrimer frame. A hand needs to grip around the handles at the top of the frame and you push the frame forward with your hands and weight which forces the abdotrim lifts the head and shoulders up making the stomach crunch or that's the idea.
The abdotrim is very easy to use and takes little effort to move the machine and no effort not even a sweat during use.
I used to work the abdotrimer for one hour everyday without braking a sweat however after a month i noticed no difference at all to my stomach witch concerned me as i expected to at least see some shape. After talking to my trainer at the gym he explained ab trimmers actually only cause you to move the arms and shoulders and do very little to the stomach and swore by doing normal crunches is the only way to get a flatter tummy and to ditch the abdotrim.
The abdotrim stayed built up in the corner of my room for ages with washing piled up on it. This novelty tummy exerciser does not work and can not work all the muscles in the tummy , if you want to tone your tummy good hard work with stomach crunches do work. I have started of slowly doing 5-10 everyday and it is hard to start with yet i feel happier with the way my tummy is changing and feel i have actually worked to get my tummy to look more toned.
I do not recommend the Argos value range abdotrim its hopeless.
I have bought numerous items from Argos in the past and my general opinion has always been 'I won't be shopping there again'! Unfortunately when we make statements like that the inevitable always tends to happen at some point! I ended up regretting this one, too.
It was around 4 years ago now that I underwent surgery which involved a vertical incision right on my abdominal wall (known as a laparotomy). Unfortunately this meant that until I had gained enough strength and recovered over time that I couldn't even sit myself up in my bed without nurses intervention. I did eventually manage it and built my strength back, but I felt I such go gentle with exercise and that this was an area of my body that I wanted to concentrate on. I bought the Abdotrim Tummy Exerciser from the Argos Value Range as a temporary measure to give me a hand during sit-ups.
The Tummy Exerciser is designed to help strengthen your abdominal muscles as you work out. The Exerciser itself isn't at all comfortable to use, and I never got used to the way I operated it as I don't think the design had had much thought put into it. The idea is that by making just small movements thatn a full sit-up you will concentrate your energies into your abs. Ultimately the work-out turns out to be most uncomfortable and the frame is of a poor standard.
Priced at around the £10 mark it was never going to be the greatest piece of kit, but I did expect some comfort at the very least. I think the trainer worked, however, but not without me feeling I would have been better to have spent a little bit more on a better model. The suggestion is that you should start off with just a handful of crunches. I think I started with 10 or a dozen and built up from there.
The Argos Value Abdotrim Tummy Exerciser certainly has its limitations and is by no means going to be a permanent fixture in your gym - it wasn't built to last! The packaging advises it is only meant for those weighing up to 100kg, so that just shows how sutdy it really isn't!
I am overall reasonably happy with the way this product served its purpose and for the price I wouldn't say it left me feeling robbed. Unfortunately it isn't an ideal product if you wish to use it regularly. I found it adequate for my needs to recover from surgery.
As everyone knows, the pinnacle of fitness and an example of how to show it is best described by having great ab muscles. Not many people realise that this comes from a combination of good eating, and strong 3x a week ab exercise, hitting the variety of different ab muscles that you have. This little product, a mainstay in most gyms, will help you with the latter, meaning that if your diet is good, you will very quickly have a good set of abs on you.
The product is essentially a rocker, you place your head on the nice bit of padding at the back, put your arms on the top, where the blue pads are, and rock in a crunch like fashion. If this gets a bit easy, you can add weight to make it harder.
This product is like a cheaper, slightly less good quality version of the thing you see in most good gyms. However, that does not mean it is rubbish. It perhaps won't take as much of a beating as the gym alternative, but then only you are going to be using it, not a host of sweaty gym folk. It easily allows you to do the workout you do in the gym, in the comfort of your own home.
I like having this about the house, despite it being my mums, as it really means you can target the abs hard. After a hard weights session at my gym, it is really difficult to drum up the courage to do some ab work. This product means I can take on the abs on off gym days, meaning I get better recovery, whilst also feeling fit, healthy and hurting the abs.
HOWEVER - TAKE NOTE. DO NOT EXPECT THIS PRODUCT TO GIVE YOU A SIX PACK IF YOU EAT RUBBISH. GOOGLE DIETING TO BUILD MUSCLE IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR FURTHER ADVICE. A COMBINATION OF THE TWO WILL WORK WONDERS.
At just £10, this is a great budget product.
These 'tummy trainers' are all over the market and are meant to help you strengthen your abs. I personally don't like them and have previously used this Argos version at a friends house, which I felt was awful. It's of very poor quality and I don't find them comfortable anyway but this one is probably the least comfortable you will find. The headrest is very thinly padded and the handlebars have a poor quality padding around them too.
The tummy trainer is available from Argos for £9.99 so it's quite cheap. However I feel this 10 pounds is still a waste of money! The frame slots into two black parts that sit towards the front end of the frame. It moves reasonably smoothly but I feel it could be better. You are only meant to do small movements with this as the positioning of your hands means you are really purely using your abs to move. It does work in this sense, but it's very uncomfortable and of poor quality. When I say it's uncomfortable, i don't mean my abs hurt when using it - you'd expect this! I mean that the frame seems poorly positioned and the head rest is uncomfortable and slightly small and hard, which makes it less pleasurable to use.
You should do sets on these of around 8-10 good crunches to start and you can slowly build up as your abs strengthen. This tummy trainer is not recommended to be used by anyone over 100kg in weight, which isn't surprising as it doesn't seem the strongest and most sturdy piece of equipment anyway. You can't blame it really though as it is from the Argos Value range.
You should still try and keep your feet still and firmly on the ground whilst using this tummy trainer, or you'll actually be using your gluteals to help lift your torso. This is where a training partner can come in handy as they can gently stand on the edge of your toes to help keep your feet on the ground as you use the equipment. The tummy trainer is quite easy to clean and wipe down as it's all made of plastic and foam. Overall I wouldn't recommend it as there are much better ones out there on the market, which don't cost too much more and are a lot more comfortable and feel more natural to use.
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