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Ab Doer 360 Review: Does it Work?

Ab Doer 360 Review: Does it Work?
2.7 (53.75%) 32 votes

Ab Doer 360 is an exercise chair designed to burn calories while working abdominal muscles. Does it work? Read our Ab Doer 360 review.

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About Ab Doer 360

Ab Doer 360 is the most recent offering in the “Ab Doer” line of exercise equipment. The product website is getabdoer360.com, which was first registered in July 2016. The screen capture below shows the official product website in February 2017.

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Claims & Features

  • Over 3 million Ab Doers sold (all models)
  • Padded seat
  • 360-degree movement
  • Targets core
  • Massage while exercising

Cost

Ab Doer 360 costs $214.75 plus $19.99 processing and handling. This can be made as a single $234.74 payment, or as part of a $14.95 30-day trial offer which breaks the cost into payments.

Ab Doer 360 Review

Ab Doer 360 is the latest in a line of “Ab Doer” products that have been around for about 20 years. It was developed and promoted by fitness guru John Abdo.

Virtually every model of Ab Doer has had a legion of fans, as well as a steady stream of critics. Perhaps the most popular version (prior to the release of the Ab Doer 360) has been the Ab Doer Twist.

All models, including the 360, feature a seat and two arm bars. Workouts are performed from a seated position as you twist, rock, and rotate your core. A new feature with the Ab Doer 360 is the “Fluidity seat.” This floating padded seat wobbles when you sit on it, which forces you to continually correct your position by using core muscles. There is also a greater range of twisting motion that can be achieved with this newest model. Two massage pads have also been added, which roll up and down the center of your back as you move back and forth on the machine.

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Most Ab Doer users will tell you that the workouts are enjoyable and can be performed even while watching television. The device doesn’t have a large footprint within your home, and can be folded away for easy storage.

There have been a number of infomercials extolling the health benefits of Ab Doer 360, but you should keep in mind that the dramatic results shown in the infomercials can only be achieved by combining exercise with a sensible eating plan.

Any piece of exercise equipment is only as valuable as the time you put into it. Those who find Ab Doer machines to be enjoyable feel that their investment is justified because it helps keep them moving, while other forms of exercise have failed to spark their interest. Those with certain back problems may find value in the Ab Doer 360 due to its constant back support. In many cases this support will be superior to simply doing crunches and situps, which put stress on that region. Of course the various twisting and bending exercises could also be more problematic to those with back issues, and this will depend on each user’s specific constraints.

Keep in mind that you can’t spot-target weight loss. No matter how much you sculpt your abs, the layer of fat on top of that area will only come off as a result of overall body fat loss, and not from working the muscles underneath.

I’ve also seen a number of older Ab Doer machines at second-hand stores and garage sales, so there have certainly been people for whom this type of device did not work. That can be said about even the most popular home gym devices, however.

In the end, Ab Doer 360 will probably earn about the same rating as its predecessors, which tend to hover around the 3.5 star range. If you think you’ll use it over the long haul, you’ll probably enjoy it. If you’re on the fence, or if you’ve turned past exercise machines into coat hangers, you may want to consider less expensive options, or look for an older model that isn’t as costly.

Alternatives

If you’re looking for an inexpensive device to work your abs, you may want to consider something like Speed Abs, a $15 piece of equipment with one purpose and a high consumer rating.

For a higher-end home exercise device that targets abs, the Ab Coaster Max may be something to consider in the same price range as Ab Doer 360.

For a seated workout, you may want something like this Resistance Chair Exercise System by VQ ActionCare.

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Your Ab Doer 360 Reviews

Tell us what you think about Ab Doer 360 by leaving a comment below and a star rating above.

  • Irma Ryan

    Paid $300.00+ for ugrade of this machine more than a week ago. Did not receive any acknowledgement for payment. Sent email–no response. Be very careful about sending these people your money.

    • Elaine Fiorentino

      If you paid with credit Card start Dispute proceedings also contact whatever shipping method they use in your area and call the Fraud department.

      • Purchased AB Doer 360 based on advertisement shown. At time
        of purchase was assured product could be returned if dissatisfied. Upon receipt
        of unit, discovered during assembly that it was NOT exactly as shown in
        advertisement. Core bar foam different spiral design, no foam covered contour
        arm bar and seat design was without marked templates. Customer Service was
        unresponsive. Upon first calling, was
        told I would receive a call back within 24 hours. No such call received. Called back after 24
        hours only to be told that there was nothing that could be done about the unit
        I received versus unit as exactly shown in advertisement that I thought I was
        purchasing. Woman said unit advertised that I was referring to was for a
        limited time only. Directed her to AB Doer
        360 website that clearly showed her statement to be untrue with a picture of
        the unit still being advertised that I thought I would receive with no limited
        time only notices shown. She then would only talk about the same physical
        benefits I would receive using the unit received versus unit shown. Told her I
        still wanted unit as shown in advertisement. She said nothing could be done
        other than to RETURN THE UNIT AT MY OWN EXPENSE and then proceeded to provide
        me a return merchandise authorization number. Reportedly shipment to me was
        $14.95 shipped by Fed Ex overnight. Upon
        taking the unit to Fed Ex for return shipment the cost to ship the unit back
        was $73+ to ship by ground (cheapest rate quoted). I was told that when unit
        was shipped to me it was probably shipped using a business account. Because of
        my disappointment and stubborn principle, I shipped the unit back anyway. It
        became apparent to me that more customers that might be dissatisfied with the
        unit had maybe not shipped their units back because of the cost to be incurred
        with returning the unit. This is by far my worst purchasing experience ever. If
        a company chooses not to be fully transparent about the sale and advertising of
        their product, what does it say about their product and business dealings
        overall?

  • AJaxx

    It’s a rip-off! They won’t pay for return shipping. It worthless JUNK! DO NOT BUY!!

  • Ann Maxwell

    Don’t buy this thing, cheaply made and you have to pay for return shipping to send back which for me would have been $75.00

    • Elaine Fiorentino

      Did your Abdoer 360 Actually arrive As pictured with foam covering on the arm? Asking because Mine did Not and this is Fraud. Am contacting [email protected]
      I’m asking because Mine arrived on the 15th of March and their Customer Service stated in writing they do not put foam on the bar and are not able to send one with the bar. I’ve notified them that I never received the Abdoer 360 that I agreed to as shown on their web site or this one therefore I can’t possibly send them back an Abdoer 360

  • Ann Maxwell

    Yes mine did have the foam on the arm bars, wanted to return it and it was not worth the $75 it would have cost for shipping, their customer service are work at home people, try to contact the company itself [email protected] but don’t expect any high hopes, terrible company to do business with

    • Elaine Fiorentino

      Exactly what day did yours arrive and do you have any of the packing etc… I received this quote
      ” Customer Service 2 (Email Support)

      Mar 30, 17:32 EDT

      Hello Epf4catsbk,

      Thank you for contacting Thane Customer Care!

      I am very sorry about the foam arm covering, we do not sell those or even have them to offer. The only other alternative would either be to return the order with the RMA that was provided or we can process the 10% refund for the order OR place a free order for the Power Rods & Resistance Bands.”

      **************************
      Advertising one Product and replacing it with another is a criminal offense and then using FEDEX to further profit from it is major. Can you tell me if your arrived by UPS or USPS and that would also be helpful.

  • Purchased AB Doer 360 based on advertisement shown. At time
    of purchase was assured product could be returned if dissatisfied. Upon receipt
    of unit, discovered during assembly that it was NOT exactly as shown in
    advertisement. Core bar foam different spiral design, no foam covered contour
    arm bar and seat design was without marked templates. Customer Service was
    unresponsive. Upon first calling, was
    told I would receive a call back within 24 hours. No such call received. Called back after 24
    hours only to be told that there was nothing that could be done about the unit
    I received versus unit as exactly shown in advertisement that I thought I was
    purchasing. Woman said unit advertised that I was referring to was for a
    limited time only. Directed her to AB Doer
    360 website that clearly showed her statement to be untrue with a picture of
    the unit still being advertised that I thought I would receive with no limited
    time only notices shown. She then would only talk about the same physical
    benefits I would receive using the unit received versus unit shown. Told her I
    still wanted unit as shown in advertisement. She said nothing could be done
    other than to RETURN THE UNIT AT MY OWN EXPENSE and then proceeded to provide
    me a return merchandise authorization number. Reportedly shipment to me was
    $14.95 shipped by Fed Ex overnight. Upon
    taking the unit to Fed Ex for return shipment the cost to ship the unit back
    was $73+ to ship by ground (cheapest rate quoted). I was told that when unit
    was shipped to me it was probably shipped using a business account. Because of
    my disappointment and stubborn principle, I shipped the unit back anyway. It
    became apparent to me that more customers that might be dissatisfied with the
    unit had maybe not shipped their units back because of the cost to be incurred
    with returning the unit. This is by far my worst purchasing experience ever. If
    a company chooses not to be fully transparent about the sale and advertising of
    their product, what does it say about their product and business dealings
    overall? (Invoice No. 9611804089015940158336)

  • Elaine Fiorentino

    Example #1

    If I order Green Apples (whether it’s 1 or a crate full), from a Market that Delivers and I am charged for the Green Apples on the receipt, and the clerk decides to ship me Red Apples because he was out of them, I am entitled for a complete refund for the Green Apples I did not receive and the Red Apples I did receive have become a “Gift” as I am not required by Law to return anything I did not order.

    Example #2

    If I order a $500 White Bookshelf from Amazon and the White Bookshelf is out of stock but rather than giving me the option of Cancelling my order, Amazon takes it upon themselves to send me a Black one. Once I receive it and notify Amazon that I do not want the Black $500 Bookshelf, it is now Amazon’s sole responsibility to provide all packing materials, and costs incured in the shipping both ways of the incorrect item and all costs to the customer are removed. If Amazon does not want to spend the money on the Black $500 Bookshelf as it would now cost them approx $650 it has now become a Gift.

    In both Cases shown above the items were simular (Ex 1 Apples & Ex 2 Bookshelves) but once modified it must have it’s own name. You can not pass off the Red Apple as a Green Apple simply because they are apples, nor can you pass off the White Bookshelf as the Black Bookshelf just because they are both bookshelves and they function exactly the same.

    Once you Modified the advertised “Ab Doer 360″ as stated in your Customer Service Response Dated March 27, 2017. This is no Longer the advertised “Ab Doer 360″ and as I notified you on the Same Day it Arrived, it obviously makes a Big Difference and has now become a “Gift” until you send the proper replace part exactly as advertised and what I agreed to “Try Out”. Until the part arrives my 30 day Trial has not yet begun and you are not allowed to charge me anything. If you are unable to provide the part that makes this the same as Advertised as claimed in your Customer Service Response Dated March 30, 2017 then I thank you for your GIFT for anything else would be FRAUD and you will be refunding my Discover Card the Entire Amount you have charged including shipping.

    Now my Frustration in this matter is going to END and Your Major Frustrations are going to Begin. I may contact the Fraud Department of FedEx (also Known as [email protected]) as you have used them to perpetuate this Fraud on not only myself, but anyone you have Shipped an Ab Doer 360 to and not delivered them the item exactly as advertised and made them pay shipping either way. I will also contact UPS and USPS to have them see if you have abused their services as well. Next I may forward this to either the Attorney General’s office or Thomas Shaperio, the Attorney who handled the “Dunkin’ Donuts class action suit regarding Fake Butter as he stated his “goal is to stop companies from selling a product that is different than advertised”.

    Strongly suggest anyone that has same issues do same

  • Angela Smith

    Don’t buy this unit, Thane does not deliver. Ordered unit in Jan, to receive a damaged unusable unit 2 months later, and the customer service is no help. 2 additional months later replacement part never received, their customer care, does not care and does not return phone call, and is not of help. I have a non-usable unit, and out money as I made the mistake to pay the full amount in advance. Be WARNED, don’t buy this.

  • CitizenWhy

    Resolving Problems: You have three options. … 1. report your case tour credit card company. and have them demand a refund or cease paying if you are paying in steps. American Express is especially good at this. … 2. Use the Attorney General’s office in the state where Thane has its headquarters. You have two options here. First, write to the CEO and, tell your story (best with dates) and that as a result you will be reporting Thane to the Attorney General’s office as a consumer fraud. Reference this and other complaint pages to the CEO, saying that the Attorney General will see a clear pattern of fraud in these comments. Tell the CEO that you will be taking this action unless your problem is resolved within the next three days. … 3. Second, carry through on this threat. Write to the state’s Attorney General’s office. Supply the Thane phone and corporate address (if you have it).