About WaverTone 180
Using a “breakthrough” 180-degree curve design, WaverTone 180 promises to help sculpt and tone your upper, middle, and lower abs, without hurting your back. Not only this, but we’re told that by working out just 3 minutes at a time, you’ll also be able to melt fat and get your entire body into shape.
According to the company, this is because WaverTone 180’s polycarbonate plank can provide customizable resistance (using three different bands) when pressed against, along with gentle support once this pressure is released. As such, they claim this can create “dynamic resistance” that doubles the muscle activity for each rep and will cut your workout time in half—regardless of your age, size, or fitness level!
On top of this, WaverTone 180 promises to be easy to assemble, and its lightweight design means you’ll easily be able to move it from room to room.
When it comes down to it though, does WaverTone 180 really represent a “wave of fitness innovation”? Even though its design might be different, will work better than traditional fitness methods? Will it help you look like the models in the commercial? Will it work at all?
All great questions! Let’s begin with the basics.
How Does WaverTone 180 Work?
WaverTone 180 consists of three main parts: a polycarbonate plank that’s shaped into a 180-degree arch, which is then attached to a padded seat. Up to three resistance bands can be attached between the far end of this plank and the back of the seat, allowing you to choose the intensity of your workout.
Basically, all you have to do is sit on the padded area, place your back (or stomach, for sit ups) on the plank, and press your weight down like you’re performing a crunch. On your way down, the manufacturer claims WaverTone 180’s bands will provide “dynamic resistance” to double the muscle activity, while providing gentle support on the way back up.
WaverTone 180’s resistance bands and polycarbonate plank are supposed to provide customizable intensity and gentle support.
Are these claims based in reality, though?
More About WaverTone 180’s “Dynamic Resistance”
The formal term “dynamic resistance” references the behavior of semiconductor diodes, which obviously has nothing to do with WaverTone 180. Instead, it appears the manufacturer simply means active (or changing) opposition, which is a term that could be used to describe just about any kind of working out, whether using free weights, machines, or even your own body weight.
Will this “dynamic resistance” actually double the effectiveness of your workout in half the time? Let’s use the following as an example:
Imagine that you attached a medium-sized spring to the sole of each shoe. If you pressed your weight downward when standing, the tension of each spring would provide resistance, right?
However, the downward energy used to compress the springs would also be released quickly, causing the spring to extend, ultimately propelling you a couple inches off the ground. This is an admittedly simplistic example of Newton’s Third Law (for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction).
How does this relate to WaverTone 180?
Now, (hopefully) you won’t be leaving the ground when using WaverTone 180! But, unless the device can break the laws of physics, the resistance (and energy buildup) provided by its bands on the way down will be released on the way back up. Therefore, the amount of work your muscles must perform on the return motion is decreased, potentially counteracting the resistance it provided on the way down.
In layman’s terms? Based on our interpretation of how the device works, we’d be skeptical that WaverTone 180 will actually provide double the workout in half the time.
In the next section, we’ll quickly take a look at a couple of the company’s other claims, and how well they might mesh with reality.
Is WaverTone 180 a Revolutionary All-Body Fat Melter?
First, it should be noted that WaverTone 180 doesn’t exactly seem to be revolutionary, since there’s been at least one other nearly identical product named Ab Slim Flex. Now, this isn’t necessarily odd, since it’s relatively common for ASOTV companies to re-launch products that didn’t originally perform well—or even to sell the rights to other companies within the industry—but we still think it’s important to point out.
Second, while resistance exercises will certainly help you burn calories, they’re often used to tone muscles and/or build muscle mass. Instead, most professional trainers recommend implementing cardiovascular exercises into your routine to achieve the most calorie burn/fat loss while you’re working out.
Given the fact that:
- WaverTone 180 only works abdominal muscles (and perhaps some arm and back muscles, if you’re in the push up position),
- These motions will provide much less calorie-burning power than cardio exercises, and
- The manufacturer claims you’ll only need to work out for 3 minutes,
… we have our doubts that it’ll melt a meaningful amount of fat, or that it’ll help you look like the models in WaverTone 180’s commercial.
These concerns aside, is WaverTone 180 expensive?
How Much Does WaverTone 180 Cost?
WaverTone 180 is available through two different offers:
- Standard System – Includes 3 resistance bands, personal training plan DVD (hosted by fitness expert Briana Michel), basic exercise chart, and nutrition guide: 5 payments of $19.95, plus $9.95 S&H
- Smart Pilates System – Everything found in the Standard System, in addition to a Max Roller and Wave Band set: 5 payments of $29.95, plus $9.95 S&H
Both WaverTone 180 systems come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. Important note: While there’s no weight listed on the product’s website, based on its size alone, we’d imagine it won’t exactly be inexpensive to ship the device back to the manufacturer. Be sure to take this into consideration prior to placing your order.
In order to request a refund, you’ll need to call OnTel Products customer support at 877-883-9082.
Now, we’ve already talked about the effectiveness of the device itself, but will you get any better results from Briana Michel’s advice?
Who Is Briana Michel?
Briana Michel tells us that she’s passionate about “nutrition, health and optimal life performance,” which she uses to help her clients achieve “incredible results.” This includes her 90 Days to Thrival program, her role as Founder of Simply B Holistic Nutrition and Wellness, as well as her roles as on-air talent for HSN and Fitness Testimonial Provider for Testimonials International.
Despite her passion for fitness, healthy eating, and optimal living, it doesn’t appear that Briana has any formal training in fitness and/or nutrition, other than a Holistic Health Counselor designation from the online institution Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Will WaverTone 180 Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals?
Obviously, we can’t know what your specific fitness goals are. But based on everything we’ve discussed here, if you’re just starting out your fitness journey after many years “riding the couch,” it seems like WaverTone 180 might be a fun, unique way to get you moving again. And after all, that’s what it’s all about!
However, with limited resistance options, along with the assistance provided by WaverTone’s design for half of your workout, it might be the case that you won’t be impressed if you’re even nominally in shape.
In either case, WaverTone 180’s roller and resistance bands won’t help you do Pilates (this generally requires specialized machinery)—and at an extra $50, a quick online search will show you that you can purchase similar equipment at a much lower price from third-party (even local) retailers.
Finally, if your main concern is supporting your back while performing crunches, there are dozens of different low-impact methods you can use—without necessarily purchasing any additional equipment—even while standing!
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