The Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro is a beast of an ab roller, and while it won’t fit discreetly into your gym bag, it’s a brilliant piece of core carving kit that’s guaranteed to make your abs ache.
– Product comes in three parts
– Includes knee pads
– Thicker than other ab rollers
– High-tech internal coil
– Dimensions: 15-⅕” / 7-¾” / 7-¾”
– Weighs 4.5 pounds
– Max user weight is 300lb
The ab carver rolls in a premium price range nearly three times the cost of its competitors, but it’s brilliantly designed and perfect for home use, which is why it’s rated as one of the best ab roller options. Perfect Fitness has put versatility at the heart of this roller, by building a carbon steel spring into the wheel for extra resistance when rolling out and extra help when rolling back.
The extra wide and thick treads on the left and right for a more targeted abs workout, and the ergonomically curved handles increase upper body activation and improve your grip.
If you’re wondering how do you get a stronger core? (opens in new tab)this ab roller won’t disappoint, and it even made our top picks for the best home workout equipment (opens in new tab) to use.
Price and release date
The Perfect Fitness Ab Roller Pro was released in May 2013 and has been acclaimed ever since. The MSRP is $39.99 / £49.87 which is a steep price tag for what is essentially a wheel with grips, but there’s more to this model than meets the eye. You can grab the ab carver directly from the Perfect Fitness website or through Amazon in the UK and US.
The Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro is made of durable plastic with two thick grooved bands that wrap around the main body of the wheel to form a tread. Two curved ergonomic plastic handles are slotted for superior grip and fit into the base at either end to complete the look, alongside plush padded high-density foam kneepads. The pop pins on the handles align with the holes on the base and can be pressed in to attach or remove the handles.
This ab roller is designed to withstand strenuous workouts and can handle up to 300 pounds of body weight. It’s a hefty piece of gear, weighing in at 4.5lb, which is a world apart from the rather flimsy ab wheels often seen in commercial gyms. Oddly enough, Perfect Fitness only recommends the ab carver for home use and will void its warranty if used in a commercial gym — not that you want to drag it that far to get started.
This ab roller requires minimal maintenance and can be wiped with a clean damp cloth, and the handles come off for easy storage.
- Feature Score: 4.0/5
While the Ab Carver Pro isn’t reinventing the wheel, it certainly makes it up. The internal kinetic carbon steel spring in the base provides gentle resistance during roll-out and assistance during roll-back. This intuitive feature not only improves the activation of the abs and arms, but also helps support any instability in the shoulders. Frustratingly, the coil range is limited, so while our 5ft 2in user might test it, taller buyers may shorten their range of motion.
The purpose of ab wheels is to create an unstable environment for your muscles, which helps build core strength and improve overall stability. The wide wheel on this ab roller offers a little more support (and less wobble) for beginners and anyone with dodgy shoulders, making it suitable for most fitness levels. Advanced core connoisseurs may not find this challenging enough, but the wide tread also encourages versatility using multi-directional moves, meaning you can carve left, right and center to target your obliques more effectively.
The Angled Performance Grips encourage activation in your arm muscles and help you maintain a firm grip during the exercise. Most ab rollers have thin, wobbly treads that can deviate on their own accord, but these handles offer a semblance of control.
- Sustainability score: 4.0/5
With this ab roller you can do your core workouts for years. Unfortunately, the tread takes a lot of dirt and wear, making it look cheaper than it deserves, but it’s still built to last.
- Functionality score: 3.5/5
The Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro is one of the most advanced ab rollers we’ve tested for versatility and progression.
Safety First – Unless ab rollers are a core part of your routine, Perfect Fitness recommends placing your Ab Carver Pro 12 inches from the wall and practicing rolling forward with the wall as your barrier. As you progress in confidence (and strength), you can begin to move backwards until you can fully extend your arms.
This ab roller is suitable for all abilities, but beginners benefit the most. The resistance and multi-directional function allowed us to adapt the roller to our training style, and the help was radiant as you can feel the coil activate to gently lure you through the rollback. It’s a feature that will divide crowds, but since we have an unreliable left rotator cuff we felt super supported and were able to roll all the way out (knees down) without wobbling, which is unusual for us.
It’s a noisy model, due to the spring coil, and we would have liked it to have been lighter so we could take it to the park for outdoor workouts, but you can’t go wrong if you’re looking to build technique and functional nuclear force. This shouldn’t put off advanced users either, as the wheel can withstand lateral movement which can progress the most ab roller exercises (opens in new tab)for anyone well versed in the world of ab wheels.
However, we are disappointed that the range of the spring coils is limited and this unfortunately determines how far you can roll out. It can be a problem for taller users with a greater range of motion.
Value for your money
This product may seem overpriced at first glance, but it doesn’t look or feel cheap, and the addition of the coil spring sets it apart from its ilk. We think the price reflects the versatility and progression available for all skill levels.
The Perfect Ab Carver Pro is one of the most advanced of its kind in design and features, which is why it is in a premium price range. But while we consider it a price add-on for all home gyms, advanced users may find the assist feature too much support and tall buyers may find their freedom of movement limited.
Other than this overview, we still rate the Ab Carver Pro as a smooth, solid and durable home workout tool.
The GymShark Ab Roller (pictured above) costs less than $20 / £18 and is perfect for budget buyers on a mission to save some money. The thinner wheel is also ideal for professionals looking to challenge their skills.
Looking for something else? The SKLZ Core Wheels Dynamic Core Strength Trainer has two separate wheels for more versatile upper body exercises like alligator pushups and dynamic planks – they don’t look bad either.
How we tested
We tried out some of the best ab rollers to see which ones were capable of setting our core on fire. Our in-house testers completed four sets of 10 ab wheel rollouts with each roller considering their durability† design, and functionality† We also have all the additional innovative Characteristics they had to offer – such as the unique Lifeline Power Wheel Ultimate Core Trainer foot straps – and considered them the value for your money provided by each product. These factors were combined to yield a final five-star rating.
Out of more than 11,000 Amazon reviews, the Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro takes 4.6 out of 5 Amazon stars. Users love the stability of the roller and found that the spring loading improved their training. Others enjoyed the wide profile. However, some complained that the springback was too strong.