Seriously will the ‘get a six-pack quick’ infomercial market ever slow down? I mean come on, do any of you actually buy these products? The fitness product marketplace shouldn’t continue to amaze me, but it does!
Today’s product up for Angry Trainer review is the T Core, and it’s a bit different as it’s supposedly made just for men! Now that’s a first – an ab fitness product that’s gender specific.
Here’s my take…
The T Core for men is basically a resistance device that allows you to train the abs in a seated upright position. According to the manufacturer, regular old floor crunches provide limited range of motion and strain your neck and low back. But with the T Core, in just 6 minutes and with three exercises you can target and shred your abdominals. You know the drill, use the product and you too will have abs of steel.
By taking the crunch of the floor, the T Core apparently turbocharges your abs training by increasing the range of motion and by adding additional resistance. In fact you can select 40, 80 or 120 pounds of added resistance by simply choosing a different color band. Plus by using the device, you can train upper and lower abs and obliques so your midsection will get a total workout.
How much for the T Core? It retails for about $30 plus $9 shipping and handling. And of course it comes with a bonus upper body workout DVD.
The Angry Trainer Says:
Okay you ready for this?
I actually kind of like this product AND I actually have used it. In terms of other ab products on the market, it does work – a bit. It’s challenging for sure. BUT, I will say your form needs to be spot on to use it. When you use it the right way, it does work the abs pretty good.
Now with that said I do have some issues. For one, there isn’t anything about the T Core that makes it a men only workout product. Women have the same abdominals and they function the same way. So there’s really no reason why ladies can’t use it.
Also, there’s a HUGE tendency to pull the handle down with you big lat muscles (like in a pull-down), so targeting the abs may be hard for some users, especially when they add the heavier resistance.
We’ve been through the myth of training upper vs. lower abs before here on the site and as you know you are ALWAYS training both (remember it’s ONE long muscle with ridges and separation), but depending on which exercise you select you may feel it more in the upper or lower abs. When using the T Core, I definitely felt it more in my upper abs .
My other key issue with the T Core For Men is that once again the importance of eating right and training your whole body is ignored. Take a look at the model in the infomercial – the guy is jacked, and he didn’t get that way by using the T Core. You need to eat well, burn body fat and use a complete fitness routine to get results like his. So while I do quite like how the T Core functions, I don’t see a real use for it. I think it’s too cumbersome, too reliant on perfect form to be effective and doesn’t offer much in the way of variety. Personally I think a better abs workout would include functional exercises like T-Squares, planks, chops, hanging leg raises and even some good old-fashioned sit-ups.
The Angry Trainer says: Works Okay, But Save Your Money
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