Is the Perfect Push-up and the Ab-Lounge worth buying?

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    Jun 24, 2008 10:09 AM GMT
    I'm trying to turn into a rogue bodybuilder/model to earn money for college while saving as much as possible. Two machines now interest me, the Perfect Push-Up (which is really not a machine) and the Ab-Lounge.

    Are they gimmicks or the real thing?
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    Jun 24, 2008 11:01 AM GMT
    According to my trainer, they're crappy gimmicks.
  • NYCguy74

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    Jun 24, 2008 4:28 PM GMT
    Forget the others the only exercise machine you will ever need is the Hawaii chair.


    I can only imagine the weight i'd loose, course that would be from puking from being nauseous.
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    Jun 24, 2008 4:44 PM GMT

    Yeah, because the perfectly fit blond above really needs a quick-fix-ab machine.

    Poster, there is no quick fix for solid down and dirty HARD WORK. One of those machines, just the name makes me laugh: ab lounge!? I 've been through so much pain and work to perfect my abs....I don't remember any lounging being involved. Further more, the only perfect-pushup I know about is the traditional one where you just get down there on the floor and do it!!

    If I could recommend any gadget it would be an AB ROLLER, it's a wheel that you stabilize your legs and core to roll a wheel away from you and roll it back: I can say it really works because I used it with fantastic results.icon_biggrin.gif
    No, in all seriously, it really does work, something about that rolling motion and the first time you do it, you can feel heat and muscles working. Ofcourse, the creators of the Ab Roller never claimed to make getting abs easy. Any product advertisement that does should be suspect to you right off. Getting abs is not easy and if these gadgets really could deliver on no-pain no-fuss abs, everyone would have one.

    Only few can manage the work and determination it takes for real abs, which is why so few achieve them.

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    Jun 24, 2008 4:49 PM GMT
    I would take the money that you would spend on the perfect push up/ab lounge and instead hire a really good trainer for a session or two, and have him teach you the perfect form for push-up's and sit-up's. The "perfect push-up" is not going to instruct you how to activate your core, keep your back straight, your shoulders back - and the many other elements of form that make a true perfect push-up. To me, there is nothing more satisfying than doing a push up or pull-up and feeling your body totally strong and aligned. You don't need a gadget or gizmo for that. Good luck! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 24, 2008 5:16 PM GMT
    I did buy a pair of Perfect Push-Up handles, and I like it. The rotation is a nice variation to a standard push-up, but what innerathlete is true. When you use these, you do need to make sure your core is engaged, even your glutes and hamstrings need to be engaged to maintain that plank formation.
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    Jun 24, 2008 5:29 PM GMT
    well i have the perfect push-up at my house. I will just say it does alot more for you then any standard push-up or even the push-ups u do on a balance ball inverted. When you do them properly you can feel it in your abs. The Ab lounge thing a friend of mine had and it was a piece of shit. It worked better as a chair than anything else.
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    Jun 24, 2008 5:33 PM GMT
    Ab-Lounge never intrested me, however, I have the perfect push up and it help define my pecs. Just follow through the program and you will notice the change icon_biggrin.gif.
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    Jun 26, 2008 12:13 PM GMT
    ChicGymGeek saidI did buy a pair of Perfect Push-Up handles, and I like it. The rotation is a nice variation to a standard push-up, but what innerathlete is true. When you use these, you do need to make sure your core is engaged, even your glutes and hamstrings need to be engaged to maintain that plank formation.


    Couldn't agree more. On a positive note... Wal-mart has the perfect "push-up" on sale for $9.99... so even if you decide that they're not for you... at least you didn't spend that much money. They're also great for travelling. Mine have been around the world a couple of times.
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    Jun 27, 2008 5:15 AM GMT
    I bought the perfect push-up in February of this year and I like its concept/ I have seen more definition in my chest now than I have ever seen in my whole life, I can actually feel my pecs slowly, but surely coming along. The heavy strain I would endure for a regular push-up is no longer a problem. I thought it was a good investment and I didn't regret my decision in buying this product. However, I will have to use it and work out a lot more before I see real muscle mass developing. I think this because guys with an ectomorph body type, like myself, have a harder time getting muscle to form.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 27, 2008 5:44 AM GMT
    They have cheap knock-offs of the Perfect Pushup for less money now. If you gotta have one, go cheap.

    The Ab Lounge is a clothes hanger. And somewhat dangerous, from what my physical therapist tells me.
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    Jun 27, 2008 9:28 PM GMT
    Another option for the Perfect Pushup is two 5 lbs dumbbells, provided that they have rounded edges. They work just as well and for a lot less money.
  • basildog

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    Jun 28, 2008 12:16 AM GMT
    KYDRA_KHAN saidI'm trying to turn into a rogue bodybuilder/model to earn money for college while saving as much as possible. Two machines now interest me, the Perfect Push-Up (which is really not a machine) and the Ab-Lounge.

    Are they gimmicks or the real thing?


    I actually just read a review on the perfect push up and there is no benefit from using the perfect push up or doing a regular push up according to the EMS (elector muscle stimulation)The only benefit that they said is it could lower your chance of injury to your shoulders and elbows.

    The Ab Lounge is a joke and is just a gimmick. I tried it once it was so easy you could feel nothing working.

    If you seriously want to be a bodybuilder/model you are going to have to hit the gym. Find I nice cheap one. I just started at LA Fitness and they are only like 39 bucks a month. That is like a $1.30 a day, I am sure you could do without a snack or two and save a buck 30 a day for the gym.

    Just my 2 cents.
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    Jan 04, 2011 7:31 AM GMT
    Being a sucker of those commercials I bought the stupid perfect push-up and it felt astronomically worse than a normal pushup. In theory it should work, but the damn device was so poorly constructed it didn't rotate smoothly but abruptly. So much damn friction. I dunno what to do with the damn things now..maybe chuck em at some damn birds or wear em as fake bras or something.
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    Jan 04, 2011 7:37 AM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidBeing a sucker of those commercials I bought the stupid perfect push-up and it felt astronomically worse than a normal pushup. In theory it should work, but the damn device was so poorly constructed it didn't rotate smoothly but abruptly. So much damn friction. I dunno what to do with the damn things now..maybe chuck em at some damn birds or wear em as fake bras or something.
    You musta got a shitty set. I've been using mine for almost a year and they still rotate smooth. I love them.
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    Jan 05, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
    I use the Perfect Pushup everyday and I find that it works well.

    Jake, mine also seem to rotate smoothly. . . maybe you got one that was messed up
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    Jan 09, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    It looks like the consensus is the perfect pushup is a pretty good device. I have it and like it. However, do not expect it to perform miracles. You need to do a lot more than pushups to have the body you are striving for.

    And, do not waste your money on the Ab Lounge (as literally everyone here has said). All it did was hurt my neck, and I didn't really feel it much in my abs.
  • 24hourguy

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    Jan 10, 2011 2:04 PM GMT
    As a supplement to your regular work-out routine I think they would be good. Anything that changes things up and challenges your muscles is good. I would not spend a lot of money.....check Ebay, Amazon or Overstock I'm sure there is something on there -even if it's a knock-off
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    Jan 10, 2011 2:05 PM GMT
    NO!
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    Jan 12, 2011 2:22 AM GMT
    I am using the "perfect pushup" handles and I love them - they work and are very sturdy even though made out of plastic. I thing others agree based on the Amazon.com reviews. I haven't used the abs lounger.
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    Mar 25, 2011 4:52 AM GMT
    The AB Roller you can use a scateboard as well for use of the Roller. works the same way.
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Mar 25, 2011 5:36 AM GMT
    I had the perfect push up and I never used it. I do regular push ups and it works just fine for me! I say save your money!!
  • vintovka

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    Mar 25, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    The perfect push up handles have worked well for me and the fact that they reduce torsion on the shoulders, elbows and wrists is no small thing (particularly over time). The ab lounger thing looks like an expensive piece of shit (as noted by others). As an alternative to a personal trainer you could also do a couple of drop in classes at a yoga studio and have them show you "plank" and "side plank" which both engage your core and do not require any equipment at all. If you develop good form in plank it transfers directly to good form in push ups with or without handles.

  • MikemikeMike

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    Mar 28, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    Push ups yes other BS ur talking about NO.
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    Mar 28, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    JAKEBENSON saidBeing a sucker of those commercials I bought the stupid perfect push-up and it felt astronomically worse than a normal pushup. In theory it should work, but the damn device was so poorly constructed it didn't rotate smoothly but abruptly. So much damn friction. I dunno what to do with the damn things now..maybe chuck em at some damn birds or wear em as fake bras or something.
    You musta got a shitty set. I've been using mine for almost a year and they still rotate smooth. I love them.


    Of course, PaulFlexes also has a ShakeWeight.... and so does one of my housemates! The other housemate is a physica rehab guy, and goes poo-poo on all these crazy machines.

    Me? I go to Planet Fitness for $10/month and am bigger than I've ever been!