Product Type: Argos Fitness
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Member Name: kaitlinsmummy
Argos Value Range Abdotrim Tummy Exerciser
Advantages: A cheap but effective abdo trim machine, ideal for all ages.
Disadvantages: Not very pretty, feels a little flimsy.
I have been attending my work based gym for many years now, but always find myself gravitating toward one particular piece of work out equipment, the sit up machine!
Since having my children (both by caesarean section), my stomach has always been a funny shape and seemingly muscle-less, so after doing my extensive cardio workout I always have a go on it.
I decided that due to me only getting to attend the gym when my husband is off work it would be a good idea to get a machine for home too, and hopefully be able to persuade myself to exercise at home too (not an easy feat once I have finished work!).
After perusing the Argos book, I came across what is deemed as a "value" product, so of course is not as nice looking as some of the pieces of equipment in the range, but as it is £19.99 cheaper than the value one I was willing to forgo looks for personality!
The abdo trim comes flat pack, so before use you have to do a little construction, which isn't as easy as the instructions would have you believe, though the hollow metal bars are clearly labelled the construction took two of us, and I encountered self tightening screws too, not something that initially came to light, and this took the construction time to around ½ an hour rather than the few minutes anticipated.
Once constructed the frame seems quite flimsy, with the handle bar parts actually wobbling when being used, also (and even though there are two different height settings for people with smaller arms) the arm bars seemed a little too long for my pigmy arms, though I still managed to use the frame.
To use you lie on your back with your head on the thick cylindrical foam head rest, you then lay your body into the position you would have it for a bog standard sit up, once ready you hold the arm bars and gently pull your top half and head upwards as though you are trying to sit up (hence the name!), if you are doing it right you will feel your stomach muscle contracting, hold for a couple of seconds and gently lower yourself down again.
The frame is designed to work with any body types with the only restriction being weight, with this being (quite randomly) 15st 10lb (100 kg).
Does it work, yes actually, it does! The frame is never going to be as pretty or smooth to use as any of the abdo trims that are deemed as "roller" types, but due to plastic feet on this frame design there is a distinct roller feel to it, though as with the roller design has to be used either on carpet or an exercise mat as the frame will sip the second you roll up and put pressure on the joint.
This (as I mentioned earlier), was considerably cheaper than the roller type sold in Argos (www.argos.co.uk), and only cost me £9.99, which in fairness you can tell when you see it, but as for functionality it does as it should, be an aid to sit ups, without jarring the neck or shoulders, so can be used by any age.
Thanks for reading x
Summary: A nice and cheap machine.
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