Total Core Fitness review
Finally got my Total Core Fitness machine. It’s kinda heavy, about 7kg. It was very easy to assemble, took me less than 2 minutes to connect a couple of attachments then I was ready to go. I tried it out immediately, and initially I thought I wasn’t getting a workout since I could easily get up with aid from the machine. (This was just a couple of situps). When I tried it out again, I did 35 situps in no time and this time I did notice my middle section feeling a little burn. When you lean back the machine provides resistance, so I suppose this works out my back. And when you get back up the machine helps to push you back up, so it was quite easy to get up initially, but as I did more situps it became a tad more difficult – but still a lot easier than getting back up without any assistance at all. It might be a different case for a person who weighs 200 lbs or more though, I’m not sure. I weigh about 145lbs and plan to lose 30lbs.
It really was very easy to use, just sit, lean back, get back up…. you can do it while watching TV, you won’t realize you’ve done 100 situps in no time. Unfortunately, the Total Core did not come with any guide (except for the assembly manual) on how many situps you need to do to lose inches in 10-days that they mention in their infomercial. So, I’ll play it by ear I guess. Actually I plan to use it as often as possible, but probably pace myself in the first few days. (Update: I called HSN and I was informed that the exercise getting started guide DVD, meal plan, etc. are not included in the product released here in the Philippines. It’s replaced instead by the HipHop Abs, which I think is a better deal.)
I have to mention that I think the 2 products: Total Core and HipHop Abs, would probably be effective by themselves also. It was also a nice touch that the HipHop Abs package included a tape measure, and a card to record your body measurements, before and after completing the workout plan. I was planning to buy a tape measure and was pleasantly surprised to find it included already. Just for the record, my waist measures 35inches… this from a girl who used to think a 28-inch waist was big. So you can see why I needed an ab workout machine. 🙂 I plan to use just the Total Core machine in the first 10 days, just to see if it really works, then combine with HipHop Abs later.
I’ll post an update later when I start losing inches… hopefully soon. Am I too optimistic that this will work?
It’s been several years since I posted this, and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of comments that this post has received. I don’t have anything positive to report however, since I stopped using the Total Core after about a week of not seeing nor feeling any improvement. There is a saying that when there’s no pain, there’s no gain. I absolutely felt no pain when I was using the Total Core. And I did not see any difference. One week is probably not enough time, so it could have worked for somebody more patient than I am. I have modified the theme of this blog to highlight the comments of those who have shared their experience with Total Core, whether good or bad. Thanks for reading and hope we could all stay fit! Happy crunching!