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Review Summary
Core strength is a term thrown around fitness clubs like sweaty towels; it’s the emphasis of many workouts and can be accomplished on anything from stability balls to kitchen walls. If you know how to pull your abdominal muscles in, you know how to begin core strengthening. If you hear it once from an exercise instructor, you’ll hear it a hundred times: the stronger the abs, the stronger the back. There are hundreds of pieces of equipment marketed that promise results like a 6-pack or a “washboard,” which may be a goal for some, but the chances of these kinds of results may be much less likely than many companies want you to believe. When the deep muscles of the abdominals and back are strong, the torso is stabilized; this is a good thing for health, endurance and appearance, so it is obvious that core strength is a great goal. Core360® is a machine that claims to incorporate two favorites in abdominal strengthening, a ball and a rocking frame. This product claims to cause the abdominal muscles to efficiently contract when used correctly, but we feel that this may not be the best approach to strengthening your core.

Closer Look
The CORE360 is advertised as combining strength and resistance training, Pilates, circuit training and yoga in one machine. The reason this product considers itself essential may be because it claims to allow the individual using it to focus on form without worrying about balance. Proper form may be critical for effective results in any exercise, including core strengthening, but not all exercise equipment may provide the right support for proper form. The central ball is designed to conform to the shape of your body as you perform the guided exercise routine, which includes pushups, leg lifts, side crunches and seated press. The resistance bands and cuffs needed to perform the exercises are included with purchase. Also included in the purchase is a Nutritional Guide, Instructional DVD, Workout DVD, foot pump, exercise chart and curl bar.

While this product may produce some reasonable results, we are still concerned that some individuals with minimal exercise experience may not be able to properly perform these exercises. The product appears fairly complicated, as noted by the photos of the various exercises. Without proper direction, it may not be possible to perform these exercises without the possibility of injury. For those looking for a simpler approach to core strengthening, we feel that there are other approaches available that provide easy strengthening without complex exercise equipment. There are even a few products available that work abdominal and other core muscles through electronic pulse technology, taking out the guess work and time commitment typically associated with in-home and at-the-gym exercise equipment.

Cost
The CORE360® is offered through a 30-day risk-free trial for $14.95 and appears to include free shipping. After the trial period is over, the product may be purchased for a single payment of $249.95 or six separate payments of $49.99. A money-back guarantee is also offered, but we feel that the trial period may not be the best available in the industry, especially since the product’s promotions claim to require six weeks in order to see the purported results. In our opinion, this product would be better if it offered a longer guarantee of around 60 days. As it stands, the product seems rather expensive for a basic exercise device.

Website
The CORE360® maintains a website devoted to promoting the machine and educating the consumer on the value of core strengthening. A downloadable exercise chart and an informational video are available on the website as well. We were pleased to see the ample information provided through this website, especially the clear descriptions of the product’s claims and its guarantee. Truthfully, there is very little in terms of the website that needs improvement; although we feel some of the claims made by this product may be a little overstated.

Positives
• 30-day money-back guarantee
• Limited trial
• Some testimonials are offered


Negatives
• Results as shown on the website may be a bit overstated
• This product may require careful training to be used correctly
• Results may not be guaranteed and may require consistent and time-consuming exercise routines
• Seems overly expensive


Final Thoughts
According to many experts, core strength may be the only defense against deterioration of torso muscles, especially the abdominal group. Strong abdominal muscles are as crucial for sustaining endurance as we age as they are for making us look better. This is the premise on which the CORE360® system appears to be based. However, we find some slight disadvantages to this particular training system.

Boredom in exercise leads to sloppy and ineffective strengthening, which eventually causes loss of interest. While the concept of this product may at first be novel enough to encourage exercise, we feel that this may simply be a repackaging of the same basic exercises. We feel that its added stability may be advantageous to some individuals, but the exercises must still be learned properly to be effective, and there is still a great deal of time and commitment involved in accomplishing the somewhat exaggerated results advertised by this product. This is not to say that these results are impossible, but we feel that some individuals may only see basic improvements rather than the rock-hard abs that the video on the website presents time and time again.

There are many options on the market today for toning and tightening the core muscles, but we feel that consumers need to be careful not to fall for slick advertising. Real results are important, so we always feel that finding independent customer reviews for products and equipment may be the best starting place for any search.

 

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