About Core Train
Advertised as a fully unrestricted, multidirectional workout device, the Core Train system promises to help you burn fat, strengthen muscles, and tone your physique, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced user.
Specifically, the website tells us its Target Plus Training functionality provides full 360° wheel range for limitless directional options, as well as access to over 100 exercise combinations, and allows you to work multiple muscles groups simultaneously. It also comes with progressive resistance bands that can adjust to any workout intensity, so you can experience a fun and easy-to-use total body workout.
And because Core Train is lightweight and portable, we’re told it’s perfect for travel and for storing in a drawer or under the couch when you’re done working out. It even comes with built-in shiatsu massage points to help you relax when you’re finished.
We didn’t test Core Train ourselves, but the website and commercial make it seem packed full of useful workout features. But, does it really represent a “total home gym”? From a results perspective, will it quickly deliver a firmed, toned, stronger body?
Here, we’ve compiled some of the most important facts discovered during our research. Give us a couple of minutes, and we’ll help you make a more empowered purchase.
The Science of Fitness
Fitness is an extraordinarily complex topic, but let’s quickly zoom out and cover some high-level concepts that can help us better understand Core Train’s claims.
Losing weight: The amount of energy contained in food is measured in calories. And if we continuously eat more calories than we burn through daily activities and exercise, this excess energy is then stored in the form of fat. Continued for long enough, this calorie excess can lead to weight gain and eventual obesity.
And the opposite is true: If you continuously expend more calories than you consume, your body will burn this excess fat/energy and eventually cause you to lose weight. And one of the most effective fitness methods of accomplishing this, according to Cleveland Clinic, is cardiovascular exercise (i.e., elevating heart rate).
If you lose enough weight, your muscles will begin to appear more defined (especially in the abdominal region), since there’s no longer a thick layer of fat between them and your skin.
Building and toning muscle: On the other hand, if you want your muscles to get bigger, or to increase their strength, you’ll need to engage in resistance exercises, whether using free weights or your own body weight.
Here, muscle fibers break down when force is repeatedly encountered. Then, as the body repairs these fibers, they become a little bigger and stronger each time.
Applying these details to Core Train, it appears the device focuses mostly on providing resistance, whether using body weight or the included elastic bands. So, while this might help tone and even increase the size of your muscles, unless you’re also incorporating cardio exercise and a balanced eating plan into your efforts, they might remain unseen underneath a layer of fat.
How Much Does Core Train Cost?
The Core Train system is priced at two payments of $59.99, plus $7.95 S&H. Each order also includes free bonus workout DVDs, along with progressive resistance cables and handles.
Will It Launch, LLC offers a 30-day refund policy, less S&H, for Core Train purchases, which you can request by calling 913-312-0200.
How to Choose Between Core Train & Other All-In-One Workout Devices
In 2013 alone, according to Statista, more than 25 million Americans participated in at-home exercise using some type of workout equipment. Because of this demand, there are thousands of fitness devices available at just about every imaginable price point, whether traditional options like treadmills and stationary bikes, or alternatives like Core Train and other all-in-one products.
With such a dizzying array of choices, how in the world can you take a step in the right direction toward finding something that helps you achieve success?
Interviewed by WebMD, exercise physiologist Bryant A. Stamford, professor and chairman of the department of exercise science at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind., says you should start by figuring out which machine feels best to you: "What is it going to take to get you compliant?" he asks. "Everything else is secondary."
Nashville exercise physiologist Kathy Alexander backs this up by emphasizing: "The best aerobic piece of equipment is the one you’re most willing to use."
In other words, what’s going to keep you motivated enough to continue working out on a regular basis? After all, there will be plenty of times along your journey when you’ll just want to flop down on the couch and watch TV instead of submitting yourself to a sweat session.
Harvard Health advises something along these same lines when noting that “Even the best equipment and most tricked-out gyms only produce results when used regularly” and correctly, in order to avoid injury.
Pro tip: Worried that Core Train’s bands might provide too much or too little resistance? While you won’t be able to do this before placing an order, once you have them in your home, if you can’t do more than eight, the resistance is too high. If more than 12, it’s too low.
In addition to repositioning Core Train’s adjustable handles, Harvard Health adds that you can also vary resistance by “positioning your hands or feet closer together or farther apart on the band or tube before starting an exercise,” as well as trying different hand positions “to learn which make repetitions easier or harder.”
Finally, they note—and something we frequently emphasize—that once you narrow down your choices, you’ll want to check consumer ratings for firsthand feedback about what you might experience after handing over your money. And it almost goes without saying that you should always discuss any new workout program with your doctor in advance.
Let’s take everything we’ve covered and come to a conclusion about Core Train.
Our Bottom Line About Core Train
Again, we didn’t have the opportunity to test any of these all-in-one devices during our research, but based on Core Train’s advertising materials, it seems to include many useful features (360° wheel range, ability to work multiple muscle groups, progressive resistance bands, etc.) that—if used on a regular basis and combined with cardio exercise and a balanced diet—could help you meet your fitness goals.
However, although the bands are adjustable—and we learned from Harvard Health earlier than you can further tweak this adjustability by implementing different leg and hand positions—the level of resistance they provide might be more suited for beginners than for those who are more advanced.
On top of this, we think it’s important to maintain realistic expectations about how much time you’ll need to dedicate in order to reach your fitness goals, especially if you want to look like the models in the commercial. In other words, it will certainly take more than the “minutes a day” advertised on the Core Train website.
In the end, though, Will It Launch stands behind Core Train with a 30-day refund policy, which should be more than enough time to discern if the device will help you maintain motivation for the long haul. If not, just keep in mind that you’ll lose your initial $7.95 S&H, plus whatever it will cost to ship back to the company.