Wonder Core 2 Exercise Machine

With the start of a Summer of sports, I felt that I wanted to be able to exercise while watching the sporting events on television. That has got to be much healthier than lazing around and munching on snacks. And after searching about online, I arrived at the decision that the Wonder Core 2 exercise machine should be a great machine for the purposes of exercising.

Cost: £89.99 bought from Argos.

The Wonder Core 2 system is great for those who wish to watch television as they exercise. I have definitely been using this when watching Wimbledon tennis or Tour de France, be it on my television or even on my iPad. That just makes exercising less boring, and at the end of the day, isn’t watching sports supposed to motivate you to exercise? In my case, it seems to have done just that.

WonderCore II 6-in-1 exercise machine
WonderCore II 6-in-1 exercise machine
Wonder Core 2 Exerciser
Wonder Core 2 Exerciser

The assembly instructions was simple and easy to follow, and it took about 1/2 hour to fully assemble it. Now the fact it weighs about 10kg fully assembled, means that it is possible to move it about without too much strain. In fact, I do turn it about a bit, so I am facing the right direction (i.e. towards the iPad or TV) when doing different exercises.

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Weighs about 10kg

It does take up some space, but not as much as some other systems, which is great. And the fact it is in my bedroom, means that I’m more likely to use it.

Flattened down for storage
Flattened down for storage

It is great that it can be adjusted to target different systems, to achieve an all-round workout.

Multiple adjustments possible of rowing system and of the back support
Multiple adjustments possible of rowing system and of the back support
Two handles for doing push-ups or triceps press
Two handles for doing push-ups or triceps press

I particularly like the idea I can work my core muscles when moving in both directions, and also my upper body.

Ergonomic back design to support the back when exercising
Ergonomic back design to support the back when exercising
Double spring for adjustable resistance when working the abdominals
Double spring for adjustable resistance when working the abdominals
Swivelling seat
Swivelling seat
Rowing elastic bands
Rowing elastic bands
Double pulley system with 2 usable positions - up for rowing
Double pulley system with 2 usable positions – up for rowing
Down position for other upper body exercises
Down position for other upper body exercises

And at the end of the exercise session, it can also be adjusted to be fully reclined to allow for stretching of the back.

Back support in lowest position - for upper body stretches
Back support in lowest position – for upper body stretches

It does come with a training guide on the few exercises you can do with this machine. But there are plenty more that can be done not covered here.

The 6 different exercises which are possible
The 6 different exercises which are possible
Exercise chart
Exercise chart

They also have provided a DVD of an exercise routine, but it is rather intensive so it may take a while to be able to complete it at the pace set by the instructor.

Included work out DVD
Included work out DVD

What I like about the Wonder Core 2?

  1. It is very versatile and can work the core muscles and upper body as well.
  2. It is not too heavy so can be moved about. Does not take up too much space.
  3. Adjustable resistance to suit different people.
  4. Can target the lower abs specifically as well.
  5. Able to do cardio training as well.
  6. It can also double as a chair with a nice back support as well with the back locked in place.

What could be improved?

  1. Perhaps they can come up with a workout app for iPad, so it can be used as part of the training.
  2. A way to mount an iPad or similar device to it would be great, as you can be entertained while exercising.

Overall, I am happy with this machine, as are my daughters who try and use it every time they get a chance. In fact, it has helped to complement the use of the Ab roller I have been using, by building the strength in other parts of my core. And best of all is that it makes me exercise while I watch sports – rather than munch on snacks.

Boon