The V-Fit Tummy Trimmer is a piece of exercise equipment that is designed to give you a toned and flat stomach quickly and with minimum effort. I find it boring and a real chore trying to do actual sit up but whenever I would manage it, my stomach would tone up really quickly. As the saying goes, no pain, no gain but I am always trying to prove this idea wrong. I have used products similar to this before but when my last one broke, I went to Argos to purchase a new one is this is the product that I chose.
What does it look like?
The product looks a little peculiar on first glance. The body of the equipment is made out of a tubular frame that looks like a giant open mouth. On the bottom half is a comfy yet sturdy head rest and two flat feet to support the product. On each side of the frame, the tubing is padded so that it will feel very comfortable on your hands.
On the top half of the frame is a sit up counter that will monitor your progress and tell you how many calories you've burnt. On each side, there is a type of screw that can be removed simply so that the product can be made flat and therefore easier to store. Nevertheless, it is fairly large, so you will still need to find quite a large space.
How do you use it?
The product is easy to use and really doesn't take that much effort. You lie down with your head on the headrest, your hands on either side of the bar and with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. If you don't have an exercise mat to use, you'll need to find a carpeted or soft surface to lie on because when I used mine on my tiled floor, my spine dug into the hard floor, owch!
Using the frame as a support, you roll your body forward into a half sitting up position and back down again. The monitor will count this as one sit up and you repeat continuously. You can vary the activity by lifting your feet off the ground but with your knees still bent so that you are doing crunches. There are many other different exercises that can be carried out with this product and they are detailed in the accompanying booklet. It is suitable for both men and women to use.
How does it work?
The product works because the repeated action of using the abdominal muscles creates a tension in them. When this is repeated enough, the tension will remain in the muscles even after you have stopped exercising which means your stomach will appear more toned. When muscles are toning, they also begin to burn excess fat which means your stomach will be flatter too.
With continued use, I get a really toned stomach that doesn't wobble at all and it doesn't take much effort to get to that point. You can do quite a few repetitions before you feel any sort of burn but the trick is to work through the burn. I give myself a target number of sit ups that I need to do before I can stop. The product needs to be used regularly in order to keep the tension in your muscles and therefore retain your toned stomach.
What do I think?
The product is very useful for toning the stomach in an effortless way. You don't need to use it for an excessive amount of time and I find that ten minutes with breaks in between is more than enough. I aim to do 150 each time and then rest which sounds a lot but this product makes it really easy. I would be pushed to do 10 actual sit ups without using this. It doesn't make you sweat or get hot and bothered so I am able to do it in the morning before work without a problem.
It is comfortable to use and doesn't make your neck ache at all. If your neck starts to ache then you are not using your stomach muscles to sit up so make sure you concentrate on that area. It gives your stomach a toned definition very quickly if used regularly for small intervals throughout the day and for consecutive days. It is simple to store away and fits under my bed easily.
I love the fact that it has a counter as I need some form of motivation to keep going. The monitor is located directly above your head so it is simple to see and to keep check of how you are doing. It also has a calorie counter so you know how much you are burning although don't expect to see a high number here as you are just lying down after all.
There are a few problems that I have experienced with this product but most of them only appeared after I had used this regularly for two years. The first problem is that if you are over enthusiastic, the feet flip off the ground. It doesn't make you hurt yourself but it is annoying as you have to stop and settle the equipment back on the ground. This may also happen if you are using the wrong technique. My mother couldn't seem to use this equipment without the feet coming off the ground, but if you persevere this won't continue to happen.
The monitor's battery was fairly short lived and ran out a lot quicker than I would have expected. This meant that my piece of equipment was no different to the cheaper products without the monitor that I could have bought instead. I know I could have changed the battery but I never got round to it because I don't know how! I'm the same with watches although they don't run out this quickly!
When the bolts are removed, it makes it convenient for storage but it also makes it easy to lose the bolts. Without them you can't use the product and mine have been lost somewhere in the process of me moving house so at the moment, I am without a sit up machine. But I suppose that's my fault for being careless.
And finally, after a while the product makes a very squeaky sound with each repetition which can annoy others and sounds more than a little dodgy. A bit of oil on the joints may sort this out but again, I haven't got round to it.
The product costs around £30 and can be bought from most large stores such as Argos and also from many online websites. If you have the time or inclination to shop around you will probably find it for cheaper.
I am still giving this product high marks because most of the problems started years after I purchased it and could be fixed if not for my laziness and carelessness. It definitely tones the stomach in a fairly effortless way and I had years of use out of it before things went wrong.
When my family gave me a Sainsbury's Foam Exercise Mat, I sort of pre-planned that part of my get fit exercise routine would involve sit-ups. I then decided that in order to avoid straining myself too much, and through the recommendation of friends who already had one of these, I get one of these tummy trimmer devices.
Looking on Amazon, I was after something that was fairly cheap that, in effect, I could try out and then perhaps get a better version as I improved. At the time, this V-fit version seemed to top the limited list of those available on Amazon. I had a variety of mixed reviews, but at just short of £30, I thought I would give it a try.
It does come with a very good set of instructions, so assembly is fairly straight forward by just following the details. Once assembled, it does seem to be quite a robust piece of exercise kit. It is quite sturdy and seems to be well made, weighing in at just over 3 kg. Might also be worth noting that it doesn't actually fold flat, so with an overall sizing of 61 cm high by 61 cm long by 72 cm wide it may not be that easy to store away when not in use.
It consists of a thick round tubular steel frame for strength, where the key areas and grips are covered with a black expanded foam gripping tube. At the back, it also has a small padded section on which to rest your head.
The idea of this contraption is allow you to safely exercise and trim up your stomach and lower back muscles. Normally, most people would lie of the floor, legs bent, hook their feet under something and then jerk their upper body upwards towards their knees over and over again. But this process puts a strain on the lower back and the neck.
With this V-Fit, it is anatomically designed to allow you to do sit-ups properly without straining yourself. It basically supports your head and as you push on the bar that runs above your head, it pivots around itself and lifts your head and subsequently your shoulders upwards and towards your knees. If done correctly, it should be possible to do the sit-up without lifting your feet off the floor or having them hooked under something. It does become a bit of a technique thing and perhaps needs some perseverance. The first couple of sessions I tried with it, I was pivoting all over the place with my feet lifting up off the floor. But after a while, you learn that you don't need to push too hard on the over head bar and you need to just let the machine to the work to bring you up. Once you learn that, the whole process becomes much smoother and more pleasurable.
It also incorporates a 2 function exercise monitor which will record your exercise time, and more importantly, the number of repetitions. So as you come up towards your knees and complete the movement correctly, one repetition is scored on the counter. It does act as a little bit of a motivator as it drives you to do more and more repetitions to get yourself fitter.
Overall, I've been using this for a few months now and it has made my sit-up routine a lot easier to do. Not that I feel that the exercise is not doing enough. Quite the contrary actually where I feel that it is working and trimming me up. It's just that with this machine, I've now learnt to do the exercise properly and hence, feel that I am achieving the maximum benefit from it.
In summary, for the price, this V-Fit is a lot better than I was expecting and well worth the money.
So a 5* recommendation from me.
I bought the V-Fit GE1 Tummy Trimmer quite a while ago now, the idea behind it was I would be able to tone my stomach muscles in the comfort of my own home on days I was not going to the gym. You can buy different versions of the V-Fit but settled for the GE1 model due to the different settings it came with, to be honest they all worked in pretty much the same way but this one did have a couple of added extras.
The V-Fit came flat packed in a large cardboard box, it came in about 3 parts from what I can remember and was very easy to set up, the 3 separate pieces simply slotted together, there was no fiddling around trying to screw bits in place, for me this was a real benefit from the start as it meant you could buy the tummy trimmer, take it home and get started within a few minutes, I found it very quick and simple to set up. The whole thing consists of a round tubular steel main frame with 2 hinged feet to allow the whole unit to move smoothly and a square padded cushion to comfortably rest you head on. The V-Fit is black and silver metal with a black cushion, the tubular frame is partly covered in smooth expanded foam with padded grips, this is the area you hold, the foam and padded grips make it very comfortable to rest you hands on as you exercise, the foam is soft to touch meaning that the metal does not rub on your hands, possibly making them sore should you be using the equipment for an extensive period of time. The base and the cushion has the word V-Fit written in white letters on it.
The model of V-Fit I bought comes with a 2 function computer which counts the amount of repetitions you do and the time you do it in, I particularly liked this feature as it meant that I could keep an eye on how I was improving for example completing the same amount of repetitions in the quickest time or completing as many repetitions I could in a set amount of time. For me this helped me to push myself to do more, whereas without the timer and counter I probably would have just done a few each day and then gave up.
The idea of the V-Fit is that it trims and tone the stomach and lower back. To use the V-Fit you simply lay on your back with your head rested comfortably on the cushion, you hold onto the top of the of the frame holding onto the padded grips, you then basically perform a sit up, repeating this as many times as you can/ want. The first time I tried this I have to admit I did struggle with it and could not do many, but after a bit of practise my performance did improve. The V-Fit takes 2 AAA batteries which are not included. The modes are very easy to set and self explanatory, however the V-Fit does come with clear instructions in case you need some guidance but it really is a case of choose which of the modes you want and it is ready to go.
So far the V-Fit has seemed to be extremely durable, the main frame is said to be chip resistant and so far there is not a chip on mine. My V-Fit has had a lot of use so far and is still in extremely good condition and looks as good as new. What I particularly like is that the V-Fit can be dismantled, I find this very useful for storage, I take mine apart when I am not using it and keep it in the garage, by storing it in 3 parts rather than as one unit it can be stored flat and take up very little room, whereas when constructed it can be quite bulky and takes up a lot of space. The V-Fit measures 61cm height, width 72cm and depth 61cm, it also can take a maximum of 15st 10lb (100kg) in weight.
The V-Fit can be bought from various sports shops as well as online, I bought mine for £29.99, however I have now noticed that it is on offer for £19.99 in Argos, I think when I bought it at full price it was quite expensive for what you actually got personally I feel the reduced price is much more reasonable. Whilst it is durable and long lasting, it will not break after a few uses, £30 is a lot of money to spend out on this.
So far I have been reasonably impressed with my V-Fit, I do find it helpful to get a few sit ups in when I am unable to get up the gym, however to be honest it is not substitute to doing proper sit ups, I found after a while it does become easy and you can get so you rely on the frame of the V-Fit to help you perform the sit up rather than guide you meaning you are not using your stomach and back muscles as much as you should be, and that is the whole point of doing sit ups. I haven't really noticed any huge difference from using this piece of equipment, it has definitely helped me to keep the strength up in my muscles when I have had to have a bit of time off from the gym as it allows me to get a bit of a work out at home, but personally I think I prefer going to the gym and performing proper unaided sit ups. I think the V-Fit would be of great benefit to those who struggle performing sit ups unaided, I would recommend the V-Fit but not as much as I would recommend performing proper unaided sit ups.
I recently visited my aunt (a self-confessed fitness fanatic), who couldn't resist showing me all the latest additions to her already brimming gym. Amongst the equipment was a V-Fit Abdominus tummy trainer, or as I call it the 'cruncher'. I decided to have a go, before asking her it was effective, as I was thinking of buying some fitness equipment to tackle my abs. She recommended them, saying that they had worked wonders for her.
I later bought the V-Fit Abdominus tummy trimmer for £29.99 from Argos in store. I tend to be hopeless when it comes to flat pack furniture but assembling this item took only around 10 minutes. So the set-up is pretty straight-forward, but if you cant figure it out, there's a user manual included to guide you through the process. The tummy trimmer looks quite attractive in its design: the unit is mostly black which some matt silver to finish. It measures approximately 61cm in height, 72cm in width, 61cm in depth and weighs a total of 4kg. Also the item has an automatically positioned and padded head rest as well as comfortable hand grips. Located on the top of the trimmer is an exercise monitor which is powered through two AAA batteries (which weren't included) and displays information such as reps, calories burned, time, heart pulse and reset modes.
The digital monitor does look slightly tacky and it could do with a backlight to enhance the visibility during the evening. However the item is a bit of a novelty, the counter isn't necessary as I'm sure we can all count but admittedly it does provide some satisfaction to look up and suddenly realise you've done 150 reps.
As for the pulse monitor however, it never seems to function properly and sounds a bit pointless as it's not a highly strenuous workout that is likely to raise your heart rate significantly to begin with. Moving on, the maximum weight that the piece of equipment can withhold is 100kg or 15 stone 10 pounds. The product collapses slightly for easy storage, which is an added bonus as I've bought expensive ones in the past that sit around eating up tons of living space.
So what about performance? It certainly beats sit-ups shall we say. Thanks to the comfortable and supportive head rest, there's no sign of neck ache. The trimmer was admittedly a little tricky to get the hang of to begin with, but once you realise you have to use your stomach more than your arms you can really feel it working. It concentrates all the energy into where it should be - to trim and tone not only your abdominal muscles but lower back muscles also.
Since purchasing, I've been doing 200 sit-ups on a daily basis with the tummy trimmer along with my normal routine for about 4 weeks now, and am already seeing incredible results. It goes without saying that for the equipment to be effective, you have to put the effort in and stick with it to get the results you desire. Don't waste your money on a product that you'll probably use now and then and expect wonders from. For a bargain price it's compact, effective, comfortable and has a novelty monitor too! When used in addition to a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine - you'll soon be amazed at how the tu/mmy trimmer can transform your abs!
When the whole craze of home gyms and exercising in the comfort of your own abode began, it was these "Tummy Trimmer" products that became the major breakthrough initially playing on the vast desires of millions of people to trim their waist line.
This machine, like the hundreds of others produced by companies, is designed essentially to aid you in exercises working on your stomach and is basically an aid to sit ups. It costs around £30 at present and is competitively priced with rival products.
Out of the box it is very easy to assemble, the instructions are clear and all the tools are provided. It takes around 10 minutes to get up and running as it is quite weighty. Once assembled it feels well made and solid. Its quite large though so beware of buying this if you do not have the space available as it must be placed on the floor with you lying on it so you need a good amount of space. In all you will need the size of a single bed roughly free to utilise this.
The trimmer has a headrest and works on a pivot so you grab onto a bar above you and pull and the machine pivots pushing your head up. It has a monitor built in which handily clocks how long and how many sit ups you have done. This is a good tool as it means you cant cheat and will only click in when you have completed a proper sit up thus giving you a more effective exercise work out.
Did it work? I must saw when I was using this a few years ago when I was in training for my athletics career it really did work. Whether it worked better than normal sit ups to justify the £30 is debatable but nevertheless it definitely kept my stomach strong and defined and added some tone too with the right uses. The counter helped a lot and added to the motivated and goal setting and the fact it only clocks when you actually do a full sit up helped as it made sure I was doing the exercise right.
Definitely a worthwhile exercise aid with all the benefits listed above, justifies the £30 in my humble opinion!
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V-fit Abdominus Tummy Trimmer
We had one of these a few years ago and I have to say it wasn't really my idea to get one. I remember seeing these kinds of workout devices and they never looked that convincing to me. Is this one really going to help me in my workout? When we did get one I had to try it out and I have to say I was actually pleasantly surprised.
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 V-fit Abdominus Tummy Trimmer 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 V-fit Abdominus Tummy Trimmer 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 V-fit Abdominus Tummy Trimmer 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 is made from thick tubular steel and that gives it a strong robust feeling. It comes with a little computer that is placed in the middle right in front your head while working out. It's helpful because it shows you the amount of successful reps you have done as well it can show you the time you have been working out. It's just something nice.
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 V-fit Abdominus Tummy Trimmer 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.
I have owned the V-Fit Abdominus Tummy Trimmer for about 2 years now, and I have to say that it is a great piece of kit, which if used regularly can really trim / tone the stomach.
So what is it?
There have been many different reports over recent years about how doing sit-ups can cause damage to the back, spine, and neck, especially when not performed correctly, and I used to suffer from a lot of back pain if I had been doing a lot of sit-ups. The Abdominus Tummy Trimmer is one of dozens of similar types of 'Ab crunchers / curlers' available on the market, which are designed to workout the abdominal muscles while protecting the back and neck by supporting the head and neck throughout the exercise.
The V-Fit Abdominus Tummy Trimmer is the best 'Ab cruncher / curler', that I have used, and I must have used at least 15 different types over the last 10 years.
The design is extremely good, and it has 2 supporting feet which sit on the floor, to help improve the stability of equipment.
The framework is made from thick tubular steel which and makes it feel strong, robust, and sturdy, as opposed to the fragile, and weak feel that some other makes and models have about them. The steel tubular framework is then covered in thick black foam, to give a nice comfortable hand grip.
The headrest is black in colour, and has the V-Fit logo displayed on it in silver. It is really well padded, and shaped to support both the head and the neck.
Another great feature of the V-fit is the digital display computer, which is something that is quite rare on an Ab-cruncher. This displays the number of sit-ups that have been done, and can be re-set at the start of each set. Also it gives info on the number of calories that are being burned whilst performing the sit-ups. This roughly equates to 14 calories for every 100 sit-ups / crunches. The digital computer display is positioned on the main bar going in front of the head, and so is easy to monitor as you go along, but does take a little bit of adjusting to make sure that it is positioned correctly to record each 'up and down' movement, and so enable it to count accurately.
The cost of this piece of kit was £39.99 when I purchased it, but is now readily available on Amazon for £29.99. This is a little pricey when compared to other makes / models, but the quality is 2nd to none, and the computer display is very rare too.
It is very easy to follow the instructions that are included to put it together set it up.
***** Overall Opinion *****
My opinion of this piece of equipment is very high indeed. It provides great support to the head and neck, and gives the abdominal muscles a great workout. When I first bought it, I used to struggle to do 50 repetitions in one go, but have worked my way up to 250 reps at a time now. After completing the exercises expect some aching in the Abs the next morning - especially the first few times, but this is to be expected, and as they say - 'No Pain, No Gain'!!
The instructions also come with a handy guide to using the equipment, including different ways of holding the bars, and different leg positions to improve the workout, and target specific parts of the stomach.
Highly recommended by me.
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We have had one of these in the house for a while now and I recently began using it to help tone my abs. It works pretty well and is a good aid but I wouldn't say it's necessary. It works by positioning you so you're working your abdominal rectus muscles to the max. The 'anatomically designed headrest' suits my body very well and I can comfortably fit into it.
You work it by putting your head on the soft headrest and whilst holding onto the top bar lightly, you slowly raise up whilst tensing your abdominal muscles. The bar will raise with you, along with the rest of the frame. It puts you in a good position to work your abdominals without much help from your arms as they are already being utilised to hold onto the bar.
It works very well and I haven't had any problems with it. The frame is tubular and made of solid steel so it's very tough. It weighs around 3.2kg, which helps give your abs a better workout as you must bring the frame with you when you raise up. There is even a computer on the upper bar, which will show you how many successful reps you have done, and there is an option for time too, so you can keep crunching until time's up! There is also a pulse sensor, which I sometimes find hard to get going but it senses your pulse through your thumb when holding on. I don't really see the point of this on this frame, as it's not really meant for cardio.
It hasn't strained my neck or legs using this, which is great. You must flex your legs at the knee to be in the correct position whilst using this frame. I tend to tense my abs and move up before holding it a split second and SLOWLY going back down, as a lot of the work from your abs is done on the way back down as they try to support you and prevent you from crashing back down. Doing crunches fast on this and just swinging back and forth using momentum defeats the point of doing crunches at all. It's hard work but works really well. You can buy one of these for around £29.99 in most places including Amazon.co.uk where we got ours from!
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The V-fit Abdominus Tummy Trimmer is a great piece of fitness equipment if it is a toned, flat stomach you desire. This piece of equipment is basically a frame which helps you to conduct sit up exercises in the correct manner. It will not simply make you have a flat, toned stomach by doing nothing - you have to use it regularly! I use my Tummy Trimmer every evening and usually try to do about 60 sit ups. I do 20 reps lying in the traditional manner with my back on the floor, and 20 reps lying on my side and repeat for the other side. Some people simply use the Tummy Trimmer in the traditional manner but I personally like to do the side sit ups also as this helps to tone the muscles in the side of you stomach.
My Tummy Trimmer is black and silver, although I am not sure if it is available in other colours. It has a padded cushion for your head when you are conducting your exercises and it also has padded areas where your hands are positioned on the top bar of the frame. These padded grips also help to prevent your hands from slipping, especially important if you are doing a rigorous workout and build up a bit of sweat! The frame also has a stabiliser attached to either side so as the frame can easily move backwards and forwards without slipping. In addition, this piece of equipment comes with a monitor on the frame which provides you with information such as how many reps you have done, the time that has elapsed, and your pulse rate.
One thing I would say about the Tummy Trimmer is that it is not very easy to store unless you want to deconstruct it and reconstruct it every time you use it. The size of this piece of equipment is 61x72x61 cm and it does take up quite some room in my small flat.
If you are unsure how to use a piece of equipment such as the Tummy Trimmer it does come with a user manual included so no need to worry. You can also get some great exercise routines online which you can try out on your Tummy Trimmer if you want a change from the traditional sit ups.
Overall, I really like the Tummy Trimmer as it provides some structure for my sit ups and I know that I am doing them correctly and won't cause myself any injuries. I also like the fact that the digital monitor records my reps as sometimes you can lose count whilst exercising. The only down side would be the storage element and the fact that I can't hide it away anywhere, but if you have lots of storage space this will not be a problem.
The Tummy Trimmer is available at the following stores:
Argos - £29.99
Amazon - £29.99
Homebase - £29.99
You can get it a little cheaper online. Try Ebay with most prices around £15.
Excellent for trimming and toning abdominal and lower back muscles.