The “Ab Rocket” looks like a glorified beach chair. To use the Ab Rocket, you sit on the seat which is a couple inches from the ground as your back is supported by 4 back rollers. The back rollers are there to support your neck and back while also giving your back a massage.
On each side of the Ab Rocket, you have handles so you can hold on during your workout. The workout is basically meant to target the abs.
As with many ab machines, the Ab Rocket advertises that those who use this machine will lose fat in their core abdominal area. As great as that sounds, no ab workout equipment will ever eliminate fat.
The truth is — a person can do 600 crunches everyday, but if they consistently eat the same foods and do not have a fat-burning cardio routine, the fat will stay. You may feel your muscles getting stronger and even feel that your stomach is harder, but it’s going to be buried under layers of fat.
As far as quality of construction goes, it’s not uncommon to hear of the Ab Rocket breaking within a few months. The machine itself is made to fairly low quality standards, yet it still being sold for nearly $100.
The resistance springs, which are meant to help you bring your body forward, break very easily. The resistance springs do not serve much of a purpose unless you’re a first level beginner.
There is an attachment you can buy for the Ab Rocket that is supposed to help you work your arms, but it’s a waste of money since you’ll get better results using dumbbells and classic pushups.
As great as it sounds to do crunches and a back massage at the same time, save your money. If you want to lose fat, stop eating foods that are high in fat and calories. Start eating lean meats, plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy products.
Also, make sure to get a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per day whether this be taking a walk, jog, or doing jumping jacks. Add in some crunches and core exercises and I think you’ll see far better results than the Ab Rocket could deliver at any price.