Summary: The original WonderCore by Thane is one of the best-selling (not to mention innovative) pieces of home gym equipment in the abs and core category. I have to say that I was expecting the new WonderCore 2 to be a simple upgrade of this original machine. It turns out that the 2nd generation Thane WonderCore adds a twisting seat and rowing machine type capabilities. You’ll get a rower attachment which brings the total number of exercises to a healthy 12. With a quality steel frame, this machine is built to be regularly used – it also folds away.
That original machine was a hard act to follow. Based on the feedback from 100’s of buyers, Thane has beaten expectations with their WonderCore 2. If you have seen this advertised on late night TV, and are wondering if it works… well long list of people are delighted with the results.
You can check the latest price, along with the gallery and feedback, over on the WonderCore 2 amazon.co.uk page… check it now!
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Detailed Review of the WonderCore 2 Abs and Core Workout Machine
What you’ll receive is a versatile and clever machine. This is not much bigger than a normal sit-up bench setup, weighing in at 10.8kgs. Some assembly is required, though the feedback shows this is at the easy end.
The ‘back’ from the sitting position is key to the design. This not only works as a cushioned surface for sitting exercises, those same poles hold your feet too. Don’t worry if that sounds confusing – there is a guidebook and DVD to show you the different exercises.
Hinges and pulleys is what allows you to complete different workouts, ranging from standard sit-ups to sideways crunches and rowing / arm exercise routines. You’ll be able to adjust the resistance level. Even if you are fit I recommend starting with light resistance. The Thane WonderCore 2 will reach many muscles you might have overlooked in your regular routine. There are 12 exercises in total. I have listed these under the main review in the WonderCore 2 FAQ section.
WonderCore 2 Review: 180 Degree Twists Make this Machine Different
The built in twisting seat goes 90 degrees in each direction, and opens up a lot more options for exercising. It is the resistance from stopping the seat twisting too far which will give you all the benefits. The arm pulley system can be used in two main ways. Either you have this out in front of you or behind you. In front this will act like a rowing machine, while you’ll need to pull up from behind – giving a completely different workout.
Even with these innovations, the core focus is the core (no pun intended!). Your primary reasons for getting a WonderCore 2 should be those abs and core muscles. With the different combinations of ab exercises, you’ll have no excuse not to work on this area… With upper body routines made possible by the rowing attachment (which doubles up as resistance bands), you’ll get a good all-round workout.
One last practical point is that the WonderCore 2 folds away. As all of us who own home fitness equipment know, this is a huge plus.
What Previous Buyers Have Said About the Thane WonderCore 2?
One phrase that immediately leaps out from the positive comments on the new WonderCore is ‘see the difference’, ‘notice a difference’ and other combinations like this. It seems that after just a few weeks of use, people see a noticeable change in their abdomen area. It seems that people found this machine easy to set up (there are a couple of minor though vocal exceptions to this – as usual with any fitness equipment). One commentor complained that it was not suitable for people over 6 foot 2 and another mentioned he found it small at 6 foot 1… so check carefully if you are tall.
Other than some unfortunate damaged boxes leading to 2 and 3 star reviews – the response has been hugely positive. Let’s hope that the motivation to keep using it after the initial interest wears off is there!
WonderCore 2 Review Summary: Is This the Ultimate Abs / Core Workout Machine?
Thane have taken a best-selling abs and core workout device, and added a pulley system for arms / pecs / shoulders and a twisting seat.
The result is an excellent, versatile machine which has a lot of fans.
The WonderCore 2 is a similar price to the original, even with these extras included. What shines through from the feedback from long-term users is that they noticed the results. I do recommend the rowing set attachment, as this adds a lot more exercises to the routine.
Check out the latest price (and see the feedback for yourself) now over on the WonderCore 2 Amazon.co.uk product page.
Thane WonderCore 2: Frequently Asked Questions
What Exercises Can I do on the WonderCore 2?
There are 12 different workouts available if you include the rowing attachment. I do recommend this, as it adds a lot of arm / shoulder muscles into the mix.
Here is the full list:
- Push Ups
- Sit Ups
- Twist (abs)
- Ab Tuck
- Air Bike
- Arm Rowing
- Bicep Curls
- Bicep and Back Training
- Tricep Extension
What you will find with the Thane WonderCore 2 is that the range of motion is bigger than for similar products. If you have done ab workouts before, you’ll already know that the last few centimetres make all the difference.
Don’t worry if you are unfamiliar with any of these exercises – the WonderCore 2 comes with both a training guide and a workout DVD.
Do I Need to be Fit to Use the WonderCore 2?
No, this machine has adjustable resistance levels so you can start ‘easy’ and work up from there. Even if you are a regular exerciser, you’ll find that the WonderCore reaches muscles you might not have used recently. For this reason I’d recommend keeping the resistance low for your first few workouts – just to be sure.
Don’t worry about getting too fit for your new machine… that resistance and versatility will come right along with you!
What is the Maximum User Weight?
Thane recommends 120kgs / 265lbs as the maximum. This is a sturdy piece of home gym equipment, with steel construction.
Is the WonderCore 2 Enough to Get Fit on its own – or Should I Get Other Equipment?
You can certainly get fit with the WonderCore 2 on its own. Personally, I like to vary things. This machine is perfect for resistance style training. While it has some cardio options (try air bike for a while and you will see!), it is more for muscle toning.
For this reason some users combine it with something for cardio. This could be a home exercise bike, treadmill… or just a spot in an aerobics class at your local gym.
One more time – you can check the latest price, along with the gallery and feedback, over on the WonderCore 2 amazon.co.uk page… check it now!
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