The Best Simply FitBoard Balance Boards

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The Best Simply FitBoard Balance BoardsReview Facts

Getting a healthy body is about more than running on the treadmill and lifting weights Balance and proprioception are also vital, though often neglected aspects of overall fitness. Balance Boards are a relatively recent innovation on the fitness market which are designed to strengthen the body, enhance your balance and assist in rehabilitation.

Fresh of ABC’s Shark Tank show, the Simply FitBoard has become a popular player on the balance board market. In this article, we provide an in-depth review of the Simply Fitboard.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

The maximum weight limit here is 400 pounds, much more than what the competitors have to offer

The board looks elegant and stylish, boasting colors such as atomic orange and bright magenta

A guide and DVD are included to help you start using the board

The board allows you to twist it, activating even more muscles

A Youtube channel exists that shows you what you need to do on the board

Cons

Has the tendency to crack after a few months

Slips and slides on hard floors

Hard to use if you have balance issues

Features

Features

The Simply FitBoard is a balance board that is constructed from heavy plastic. It has a wave shape and comes with a non-slip surface so that you can get a firm foothold. It also features hand grips so that you can get a firm grip on the board for certain movements.

Simply FitBoard comes in five different colors. Simply FitBoard is a stylish looking unit that looks modern and elegant. It comes in a range of five colors with cool names like atomic orange and bright magenta. The Simply FitBoard has a better look than most other boards on the market.

The Simply FitBoard is quite similar to other balance boards on the market. Its biggest point of attraction is that it has a weight limit which is higher than most of the competition. The max weight limit on the Simply FitBoard is 400 pounds. This compares to an average of 250 pounds for the rest of the market. The Simply FitBoard measures in at 26 x 113/4 inches and weighs just 3 pounds.

The unique design of the Simply FitBoard provided you with the balance motion that you get with all other balance boards. However, you also get an additional twist-action with this board. This allows you to work your body through a whole new range of motion and planes of exercise.
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

When you step on the Simply Fit board it will take a few minutes to get your orientation. Once you have gotten relatively comfortable, you should follow through the following steps (these are detailed in the video that accompanies the board). Position the board on a carpet or rug. You should not use it on a hardwood floor as it will be likely to slip around and may leave a mark. Carefully step onto the board by placing your feet at the outer extremes of the board. Your feet should go on the outer set of circles on the board. You may wish to grab hold of a nearby support object for the first few times that you get on the board. Once you feel comfortable on the board, simply rock from side to side. Do this for two to three minutes. Now, initiate a new aspect by twisting from side to side!

Once you have done a few sessions following the basic pattern above, you should be ready to advance your workout. One way that you can do this is to hold a light pair of dumbbells when you are standing on the balance board. There are also many advanced workouts that you can find on the Simply FitBoard YouTube Channel.

Also, there are plenty of exercises you can do on the board, fit for beginners, intermediate and advanced users alike. Many of the mimic the exercises we're already familiar with, like squatting, but they take it to a new level by making you balance on the board at the same time. One exercise, called the standing rock, is just made for beginners. You only have to keep steady on the board and do your best to remain upright. This does sound silly, but it's actually quite difficult if you don't have your sense of balance developed! Squatting on the plank is considered to be an intermediate move, simply because you need to keep the proper form while balancing yourself. A great advanced move is the spiderman plank. You just have to place the board underneath your hands while you do the plank, and then you'll have to worry about not falling over next to trying to survive the actual exercise!
Accessories

Accessories

Your purchase of Simply FitBoard comes with a workout and training DVD. These are well-produced, giving you a great introduction to the world of a balance board exercise. The Simply FitBoard people also have a YouTube channel which provides a full range of balance board training guides and workout programs. In addition to the workout DVD that comes with your Simply FitBoard, there are three workout DVDs that are available for purchase.

The first one is Simply FitBoad- Low Impact Workout. The Low Impact workout is designed for beginners and the elderly. It provides you with different workouts over a 30 minute DVD. These workouts are easy to access for people who have no pre-existing balance skills and folks who are struggling with the effects of old age. The six workouts that are included are the following: Round One: Let’s Get Onboard, Chest & Shoulders, Round Two: Back on Board, Oblique, Biceps, and Shoulders, Back on Board and Cooldown stretch. The DVD also includes a recommended nutrition guide.

The Simply FitBoard 21 Day Challenge combines cardio and strength training into a 40-minute workout program (that’s what the Amazon page claims - the actual workout time is about 28 minutes). The workout is to be done for 21 consecutive days. The workout does require the use of hand weights as follows: Beginners - 2-5 pounds, Intermediate 6-8 pounds, Intermediate 6-8 pounds.

The Simply FitBoard Core and Buns Workout DVD provides you with six workouts that are specific to your core and buns. This workout DVD also presents you with a nutritional guide.

The Simply FitBoard 30084 workout mat is a customized workout mat exclusively for use with your Simply FitBoard. It measures 25.5 inches by 18 inches, making it ideal to place under your board. The mat is made from thick rubber, providing a good level of protection to keep your FitBoard scratch-free and your floor safe as well.

With the Simply FitBoard Mat, you will able to train on any surface, whereas without it you will be limited to a rug or carpet. You can even train outdoors with the Simply FitBoard - just lay your workout mat on a flat surface and then place your Simply FitBoard on top of it.
Does it work?

Does it work?

You may be surprised at how much of a cardio workout you get when you train on the Simply FitBoard. In fact, you may find that sweat is dripping off you after just a few minutes. The board can provide you with a very effective workout for the heart and lungs, making it a very effective all over body exerciser. As mentioned, there are more than two thousand Amazon reviews. Many of them relate the before and after experiences that users have had on the Simply FitBoard. Some of them have related that they have managed to lose weight, especially when it comes to trimming their waistline. One woman said that her waist measurement went from 32 inches down to 29 inches in just 6 weeks by working out on the Fitboard four times per week and implementing the nutritional guidance that comes with the FitBoard.

A large number of elderly folks have recorded that they have markedly increased their balance, proprioception and overall confidence when they began using the Simply FitBoard.
Safety Hazards

Safety Hazards

Just like any other piece of fitness equipment out there, this balance board has its own set of drawbacks. Even though the Simply FitBoard people make it very clear in the advertising, people still complain about the fact that the board is only designed for use on the carpet or rug. It is no good on a hardwood floor, concrete or linoleum. If you try to use it on these surfaces, it will slip and slide on you and you will not be able to use it effectively. If you do not have a carpeted area of a rug to place the FitBoard on, then you will have to purchase the Simply FitBoard workout mat which you can pick up for around ten bucks.

If you are a person who struggles with balance issues, you will probably not be able to balance on the Simply FitBoard without holding onto a wall or something else to balance on. However, it won’t take long for you to build up your balancing ability.

Of the two thousand or so reviews on amazon, about half a dozen of them mention that the board cracked after only about two months use. That is only around .025% but it is still worth taking note of.
Durability

Durability

Although the FitBoard is not such a pricey item, it's still good to know that it can last at least a year after you purchase it, especially because it is a fitness tool that you will rely on. As we said, the Balance board can withstand up to 400 pounds, thanks to its special construction. It's made out of premium quality ABS engineering plastic. This makes the board quite hardy yet lightweight, and it also gives it an anti-slip surface that is designed to keep you safe.

However, the plastic the board is made out of is not without fail. Plenty of users reported that the board does last a long time, although it does sustain scratches and bumps, yet a quarter of them reported that the board tends to break after the two-month mark, as we already mentioned. The board is quite cheap so you can always just go buy a new one, but that doesn't make it any less disappointing when your new favorite tool breaks underneath your feet!
The Final Word

The Final Word

The Simply FitBoard definitely works in terms of doing what it was designed to do - enhance your balance, agility, proprioception and strengthen and tone the muscles of your body. The main muscles that are targeted by the board are the legs, arms, and abs. You can also work your arms and shoulder muscles by including such moves as FitBoard push-ups. Every exercise you do will improve the conditioning and strength of your core muscles.

Even though the board has its own share of troubles, like slipping around on hardwood floors, cracking under all of that pressure, and being difficult to use if you're a complete beginner, it truly is a nifty little product that is sure to improve your balance and tone your core!