One of the most popular ab crunch machines on the market, the PS500 is able to support up to a three-hundred pound person, and is designed for height ranges of four feet to just under seven feet. Able to help you meet your fitness goals right at home and made from high quality materials, this model was rated as a consumer favorite.
The Ab Coaster PS500 is one of the most durable Ab training machines out there mainly due to its steel construction and 1.5″ rails. From the foam pads to the bearings and handles, everything is pure quality and the price tag reflects on that, making it a not-so-budget option. Still, if you are looking for a home machine that won’t take up too much space and isn’t hard to move around, this is a good choice. The additional instructional DVDs will definitely help with your choice as well.
If you want to learn more about ab machines and see which are our top picks, head over to our Buyer’s Guide! Now, let’s dive into its features now and see what it is really made of.
Overview And Features
The machine’s steel tubing is durable and heavy duty, covered with a powder coating finish. The model’s heavy welds make it easy for it to effortlessly support up to three-hundred pounds of weight. The knee padding is made with high quality foam and both the knee and arm padding are designed for durability and comfort. The knee pad base is adjustable; allowing you to change the angle that you work your oblique’s in order to target the love handle area.
How This Ab Coaster Puts Your Body to Work
The workout this machine has to offer will affect the abs in much the same way as a hanging leg raise. If your ab muscles are weak then you’ll have a difficult time completing more than a few hanging leg raises. That type of exercise will engage your lower abs, all the way to the uppermost abs. Performing basic crunches won’t engage the lower abs enough to do certain exercises. You’ll need to have a strong core in addition to upper body strength in order to complete hanging leg raises with the correct form. Because most people are unable to do that type of advanced exercise, this is where the Ab coaster will come in handy by preparing your body for advanced workouts.
When it comes to getting your dream abs, maintaining a proper form while training is the key. The Ab Coaster trains the abs in the exact same way as the hanging leg raises exercises. It does that without causing the type of strain on the body the latter would do. This machine effectively engages the entire core and continues to challenge your body, even after you have reached your fitness goals.
Some Ab gliders have similar training characteristics to the Ab Coaster. The ProForm Ab Glider is a good example to that.
Materials & Construction
The all-steel construction is definitely the highlight of this product. The 1.5 inch rails, the molded foam pads, and the steel bearings create a piece of equipment that can withstand a lot of weight. There are curved track guides in place here which will guide your body through a good lower ab lift. That eliminates any possible strain on your neck and makes it easier for your shoulders as well. As a whole, the construction here is made so that it primarily focuses your exercising on your abs.
The seat is designed in a way that it allows motions in all directions so that you can put the pressure on your obliques while the resistance plates allow you to set a difficulty suitable for your training level.
With its practical dimensions and upright design, the Ab Coaster PS500 Exercise Machine can fit into most living rooms without a single issue. For a machine that allows such an intense workout and has such training characteristics it is amazing to be able to fit it just about anywhere you like.
One additional feature that we absolutely love about this Coaster machine is that you are getting free instructional DVDs on how to use it, how to train, and what exercises you can do. Those are a great thing to have, even though we are living in the era when everything can just be googled or looked up on YouTube.
Apart from that, you are also getting a “Fast Track” diet plan that will help you stick to your training goals easier.
One quality issue consumers pointed out involved the machine’s nylon rollers. The nylon rollers carry the knee pad platform along the machine’s frame. Because of their function this component will take a lot of wear and tear over time. Consumers noted that the nylon rollers on their machine had to be replaced, which is not covered by the product’s warranty. However, this issue was exclusively related to earlier versions of the machine and not by models produced later than 2012.
Advantages & Disadvantages
- Very sturdy
- Compact design
- Durable construction
- Quality materials & padding
- Perfect addition for your home
- Comes with instructional DVDs
- The nylon rollers are a weak spot
- Can feel a bit expensive for people on a budget
Conclusion & Rating
If you are looking for a ab workout machine that will take your abdominal muscles to the next level you shouldn’t really look any further. The only downside of the Ab Coaster PS500 is that it is a little more expensive than traditional machines. Still, the very durable construction, excellent workout properties, and practical dimensions make it stand out from its competition. For those reasons, we gave it a solid five out of five stars rating.