About Rock Gym
Rock Gym is an 8-in-1 total body trainer and “scientifically designed ab sculpting machine” that claims to prevent unnecessary stress and strain on your back, provide a more comfortable workout, and give you a full body workout in the comfort of your own home.
But how is this claimed to occur? Let’s take a closer look.
How Does Rock Gym Work?
At the core (pun intended) of Rock Gym is its dynamic neck and back support system, which features 9 soft, comfortable cushions attached to a high-tension, dual action spring system that allows it to move with you as you perform sit ups. On top of this, these springs are covered with a protective coil to provide a safe workout environment.
Rock Gym’s back support can also be locked into place at various angles so you can perform 3-way dumbbell exercises and perfect pushups, while the 2 resistance power cords can be detached for sculpting your arms, chest, and back. Then, the leg extension attachment uses these same resistance cords to give your legs a workout.
In all, Rock Gym claims to provide safe, simple, upper and lower body toning and circuit training that can help you get the sculpted abs you’ve always wanted, as well as arms, back, chest, legs, and more—all in just minutes a day for “amazing results.”
Holy moly! That sure is a lot of exercises packed into one device! But when it comes down to it, can Rock Gym really help you “rock your way to rock-hard abs” and “get six-pack ripped,” or is it just another cheap gimmick that will collect dust in a closet? Consider the following:
Is Rock Gym Really a “Total Body Trainer?”
In short, no. But why?
Because total body training involves much more than just the 8 different exercises provided by Rock Gym. On top of this, total body training typically involves the use of heavy weights, and the resistance provided by Rock Gym’s coils can’t be adjusted based on each individual’s needs.
Ultimately, this means Rock Gym would provide the same level of resistance—for almost all of its exercises—for a 100-pound user as it would a 250-pound user, which clearly isn’t ideal.
Can You Expect Perfect Abs with Rock Gym?
Granted, you could certainly believe otherwise based on the language used on the Rock Gym website and in the product’s commercial. However, according to a disclaimer at the bottom of the Rock Gym website:
Results not typical. Participants followed a reduced-calorie diet and rigorous exercise plan provided herein. Participants also used the Rock Gym to help firm and tone their core. Your results may vary. The Rock Gym does NOT cause weight loss and does NOT give you well-defined abs.
In other words, if you’re looking for the same ripped, rock-hard abs as the models featured in the Rock Gym commercial, your best bet is to expend more calories than you consume, and to commit to a regimen of high-intensity, full body exercises—not necessarily anything to do with Rock Gym.
Rock Gym’s Scientific Claims
In addition to claiming that it’s scientifically designed, Rock Gym’s manufacturer uses a lot of science-y words to describe the workout system, including that it uses dual action resistance and that it provides dynamic neck and back support.
However, “dual action” is simply referencing the fact that Rock Gym uses two metal coils to provide resistance (which, as we mentioned above, isn’t adjustable), while “dynamic” simply means that its back support moves with you.
Speaking of which, Rock Gym’s back support is curved, presumably to match the natural curvature of your spine. And while this might initially seem like a benefit, keep in mind that this curvature isn’t adjustable, so if you’re especially tall or short, it may provide more discomfort than anything else.
Rock Gym Technical Specifications
Finally, although Rock Gym is claimed to fold down to 9” in height for easy storage, the device still weighs 21 pounds, which might make it cumbersome to place in a closet or slide under your bed.
In addition, Rock Gym’s maximum weight allowance is 264 pounds, so if you’re nearing this weight, you might want to think twice before placing your order.
Online Customer Reviews for Rock Gym
Because it was such a new product at the time of our research (URL registered June 2015), there weren’t any online customer reviews available for Rock Gym, although it appears to be a newer version of the original Wonder Core Max.
Rock Gym is manufactured by Tristar Products, who also makes popular ASOTV products such as Cami Shaper, Clear TV, Perfecter Fusion Styler, and many more. We have well over 600 reader reviews for these products here at HighYa, and overall, they have an average rating of 1.5 stars, with common complaints citing failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and difficult customer service experiences.
Granted, you may not experience any of this with Rock Gym, but it’s certainly worth noting.
Rock Gym Pricing & Refund Policy
Rock Gym is priced at three payments of $33.33 plus $14.99 S&H, bringing your total to $114.98. For this price, you’ll receive the following:
- Rock Gym unit
- Workout DVD
- 14-day eating guide
- Exercise chart
Rock Gym comes with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H charges. Important note: at 21 pounds, this means it will likely cost you a hefty sum to ship the product back to the manufacturer.
Rock Gym also comes with a 60-day warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. However, you’ll be responsible for shipping it back to the manufacturer, and will also be required to include a $14.99 check for the company to send you a new one (or return your repaired Rock Gym).
If you need to process a refund or file a warranty claim, you’ll have to contact customer service at 973-287-5176.
Will Rock Gym Help You Get a Great Body?
Chopping to the point: Sure, Rock Gym might be a little more convenient since you won’t have to leave your home, but it seems to leave a lot to be desired from an adjustability—and overall effectiveness—perspective.
And as an overall value? Keep in mind that some national gym chains offer memberships for as little as $10 per month. This means you’ll gain access to all the fitness equipment you’ll need for a whole year, for roughly the same price as Rock Gym.
Considering this, as well as the amount of money it will cost to return the system back to the manufacturer if you’re dissatisfied, we might recommend exploring all your options before placing your Rock Gym order (HighYa is a great place to start!).
4 out 6 people found this review helpful
Rock Gym - Scam?
I ordered the Rock Gym over a month ago. I received an e-mail saying my order had been received. The customer service link was bogus. I finally tracked down the number for customer support and was told that my order would be here on the 17th of July. It is now 5th of August. And now I am not able to get the website to even come up. I am beginning to think this is a scam. What do you think?
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend