Perfect Fitness Products Review

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We just received a box that contained all sorts of goodies from Perfect Fitness.  You may have seen an ad or commercial on the Perfect Pushup, a two handle set of rotating discs.  You place the Perfect Pushups on the floor, with the handles parallel to your body and lower yourself down, as you come up, you can rotate the handles until they are perpendicular.  Super cool and super easy.  These have been around at least since 2009 and seem to get better and better with each new model.  We have an older set that is still going strong after 5 years of active use.

So what exactly did we get? We received 3 great products including the Ab-Carver Pro, The Ab-Straps Pro and the Perfect Pushup Elite.

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AldenThe training principles and innovations behind the Perfect Pushup and other Perfect Fitness products originated with Alden Mills, a seven year veteran of the US Navy SEALs. While serving as platoon commander of SEAL Team TWO, Alden’s platoon was chosen for a study to determine why SEALs suffered unusually high injury rates. After learning that the injuries were linked to their age-old training methods, SEAL trainers switched to Functional Training. Alden learned firsthand how to incorporate these lessons into exercise routines that have become the foundation of techniques used at Perfect Fitness.

Alden later graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and became a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified professional trainer. Alden’s belief of using exercise as a key to gaining control of your life is the cornerstone of the company’s philosophy.

In 2002 Alden met Mark Friedman, a former college athlete and entrepreneurial business executive. The two founded the company that launched the BodyRev® Fitness System in 2004 and the Perfect Pushup in 2006. Their success led to the launching of Perfect Fitness, a leading designer of innovative fitness equipment.

Perfect Ab-Carver Pro

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The Ab-Carver Pro is similar to devices that use a wheel with handles called Ab-Wheels.  What makes the Ab-Carver much more unique are the performance handles, the wider carver unit, and the Kinetic Engine.  Alden gives a great explanation of the Ab-Carver in this video.

So what exactly do you get?  Two Performance Handles, Ab-Carver Unit with Kinetic Engine, Knee pads and User Guide.

Ab-Carver Pro Specifications

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The handles have quick release push pins to allow you to quickly add or remove the handles.  The Kinetic Engine adds resistance on the way out and assists you on the way back.  As one who has used Ab-Wheels in the past, both the resistance and assistance of the Ab-Carver makes it a much better option.  It also makes it much safer for those who have never done this type of exercise before.

Perfect Fitness has a great 3 Week Workout Routine (21-Day Challenge) using the Ab-Carver that I will have to try out.

Perfect Fitness Ab-Straps

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Got Pullup Bars…Check, Got Ab-Straps…Check, well then you’re ready for a killer ab workout.  The Ab-Straps enable you to do 3 main ab exercises including Knee Ups, Oblique Knee Ups and Leg Lifts.

So what exactly do you get? 2 Ab-Straps, 2 Steel Carabiners, 2 Steel Core Handles and User Guide.

Ab-Straps Pro Specifications

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Mounting these to a pullup bar is quick and easy.  Just unhook the accompanying steel carabiners, place the strap around the bar and connect the carabiners.  Once connected, you rest your elbows and triceps inside the Ab-Strap holders and grip on to the steel handles to perform Knee Ups, Oblique Knee Ups and Leg Lift exercises.

Perfect Fitness has a great 3 Week Ab Workout Routine (21-Day Challenge) using the Ab-Straps.  Looks like I am also going to have to try this out.

Perfect Pushup Elite

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Listen, you don’t get a perfect chest without performing a perfect pushup.  Well maybe that’s an overstatement, but we absolutely love the Perfect Pushup.  We have an older model that is still going strong, but these are even better.  They look great just sitting there.  Some improvements include looks, additional ball bearings for smoother rotation action and improved handles.

So what exactly do you get? 2 Perfect Pushup Elite Units and User Guide.

Perfect Pushups Specifications

  • Length: 8 inches
  • Width: 8 inches
  • Height: 4.5 inches
  • Weight: 2 lbs
  • Max Weight: 400 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Workout:
  • Retail: $29.95

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Perfect Fitness has some great workout routines and videos for the Perfect Pushup Elite.  Here are just a few workouts they have created.

Perfect Pushup Elite Workout 1

Perfect Pushup Elite Workout 2

Perfect Pushup Elite Workout (21 Day Challenge)

Here is a great video that goes over some of the exercises you can do with the Perfect Pushup Elite.

Overall Impression – Perfect Fitness Workout Tools

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The Ab-Carver is a super interesting device that can give both the novice and experienced user a good core workout.  The inclusion of the Kinetic Engine helps prevent roll-out injuries and is great for both adding resistance going out and adding assistance rolling in.  Of the 3 products tested, the Ab-Carver would be our 3rd choice, giving way to both the Perfect Pushups (Top Choice) and the Ab-Straps Pro.  Still at $39.95, it isn’t expensive.

I did notice my knees hurt a bit while using the Carver in combination with the knee pads.  To make it more difficult and less stressing on my knees, I did try it from a squatting position without touching my knees to the floor.  I found it much tougher, but thanks to the Kinetic Engine, it was still manageable.

Perfect Ab-Strap Pro

The Perfect Ab-Strap Pro are definitely going to be added into our workout routines.  We already do lots of pullups, but quite frankly have been slacking on our core.  The inclusion of Knee Ups, Oblique Knee Ups and Leg Lifts is wicked.  When testing it out, just after a few sets and a few hours later our abs were feeling it.  The straps are super comfortable and unlike many other straps we have tried without hand bars, they make it even more comfortable and easy to use.  The price point of $29.95 is very fair and the quality seems outstanding.

The only drawback we could find was height.  It would be nice to be able to raise the straps a little higher.  Having additional loops in the straps would allow you to adjust how far down the Ab-straps would hang.

Since the Ab-Straps require a pullup bar, I would suggest also getting either the Perfect Fitness Multi Gym or the Multi Gym Pro.  Both pullup bars look great and have an attractive price point.

Perfect Pushup Elite

Ever since we saw the new Perfect Pushup Elites, we knew we wanted to test them out.  As luck would have it, we were contacted to review them, so we jumped at the chance.

If you want one of the best pushup devices we have used to date, then you want the Perfect Pushup Elites.  They are easy to use, makes doing pushups more fun and look fantastic.  The price point is a no brainer for $29.95 retail.  It will be one of the best investments you can make for your home gym.

We would be really interested to test out the Rip Deck.  It has the workout qualities of the Perfect Pushups with other cool workout features.

Caution: One word of caution, the Ab-Carver Pro and the Ab-Strap Pro require the user to be 300 lbs or lighter.  The Perfect Pushups can handle up to 400 lbs.  If you are over the weight limit, you’re going to have to lose some weight if you want to safely use these products.

Definitely check out Perfect Fitness and everything they have to offer.  You will be glad you did.

Hopefully we will bring you other reviews including the Rip Deck and Multi-Gym.

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Tom Crandall

Totally into multi-sports including triathlon, swimming, cycling, running skating and movement in general. Love to trail run and hang outdoors.

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