Toning the midsection of the body is difficult and time consuming. As a result, many companies have entered the marketplace with their version of the machine they claim will get the job done. Ab Coaster®, by Tristar Products, of Wallingford CT., is a new entry, having been around a little over a year. The Ab Coaster® uses a bottom-up method of working the abs with users resting their knees on a set of kneepads attached to a movable track. The kneepads coast on the track as the upper part of the body is stabilized. As the knees are raised and brought forward, the coaster effect causes the abs and obliques to be exercised.
This machine weighs in at around 70 pounds of steel construction and a digital workout counter is attached to the assembly. The company mentions that results are best when a diet and exercise program are also in effect and includes a DVD workout plan, an exercise plan as well as a meal plan. The company also offers a 30 day return policy and a 60 day warranty on the machine. Money will be refunded in full less shipping and handling and the expense to return the product is the buyer's responsibility.
How Does Ab Coaster® compare to The Flex Belt?
|The Flex Belt®||Ab Coaster®|
|How much does it cost?||$199.00 plus $12.95 S&H||$399.80 plus unknown amount of shipping & handling|
|Are there any 3rd party clinical trials to back up the claims?||YES. Multiple Clinical Trials. In a 6-week clinical trial: 100% of the participants reported that their abs felt more toned and firmed & 92.3% felt the firmness of their ab muscles increased.||NO. There are no published 3rd Party Clinical Studies.|
|Is it FDA cleared? Please note that most products are not required to be FDA Cleared. This is a status that makes the Flex Belt unique.||YES. The makers of The Flex Belt are the first and original to gain FDA Clearance for this type of product.||NO. This does not mean it is unsafe – the clearance was not required.|
|Do you need exercise while using it?||NO||YES|
|When can you use it?||While at home, at work, watching TV, surfing the net, exercising, folding laundry, cooking, talking on the phone, helping the kids with their homework, taking a walk... virtually anywhere and anytime.||While exercising.|
|Can you tone other parts of the body?||
YES, you can add additional toning units that are specifically designed and fitted to be worn on other parts of the body. These additional units are individually FDA Cleared to toning, strengthening, and firming these specific body parts. Click here to learn more about the Flex Range of products.
|Is it portable? How big is it?||YES, comes with free travel pouch and weighs less than one pound||NO – must be used in a gym or stored away when not in use like in a closet or under the bed. Weighs about 30 pounds.|
|Is it discreet?||YES, the belt is very fitted to the stomach and not bulky in any way. The remote is very small and tucks away in a small pouch on the side of the belt. You can wear it discretely under clothing and while doing virtually anything.||NO – must be used while exercising in a gym or at home.|
|Does it require hard work or motivation?||NO, you do not need to exercise during a Flex Belt toning session||YES, requires time to exercise and hard work for a good toning session.|
|Does it require batteries?||No. It comes with a rechargeable power supply unit.||NO|
|What is the "Satisfaction Guarantee" period?||For a full 60-Days any order can be returned for a full refund.||60 Days|
|What is the "Product Warranty" period?||Two Years||60 Days|
|Do they ship internationally?||YES||NO, and does not ship to Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, US Virgin Islands and Alaska|
|Do they have toll free ordering and customer service?||YES: (800) 222-7154||YES|
|Is there bonus material with your order?||YES! Your Flex Belt Order Comes with a Free One Year Subscription to either Fitness, Elle or Maxim Magazine (retail value is $50) and 30 Days Access to Our Patent Pending Online Meal Planning Technology (retail value is $50). These generous gifts are special limited time offers presented by our sponsors. A combined value of $100 in bonus materials!||Included DVD, diet, workout and nutritional guide.|
|What is the delivery time for domestic orders?||Approximately 1 week||10-15 days.|
We feel the strengths of both The Flex Belt & Ab Coaster® are evident. Our mission is to help our customers achieve the attractive figure they want and we hope that The Flex Belt and/or Ab Coaster® helps you tone, tighten and strengthen your body. This information was provided to help you make an informed decision. Good Luck with whatever product or program you choose.
--The Flex Belt Nutrition Team