Rated 4 out of 5 by 28
Rated 5 out of 5 by karebear81184 Great for any health level
In my family, we all work desk jobs and we're not really "sports" types so working out is not a main lifestyle focus. My mom, my brother, and I have all experienced chronic back pain at times. At 60, 28, and 23, I know we can all benefit from strong core and back muscles to help maintain our posture and support, ease tension, and prevent strain. I picked up three of these little kits for Christmas (yes, one for myself... freedom from back pain=Merry Christmas to me). Here's what I like:
-Commitment is not overwhelming. You have to find space in your home for this little peanut ball, and literally ten minutes a day to go through a workout. Just lay down a towel if you don't have carpet, and do the exercises in your pajamas.
-Variety! There are two ten-minute workouts included on the DVD plus one more that you can get online. Each video also has a variety of exercises--they pack a lot into ten minutes so you don't have a chance to feel bored, and you can learn a range of exercises and techniques to eventually build your own routine, choosing the moves that work best for you.
-It's great for you. A strong and flexible core and back are a great foundation for all activities, or an attainable goal for previously inactive people. I've only done each video once but MAN it is a workout! I started off thinking "Oh this is easy, only ten minutes, I can do this." Then I moved to "Whoa, I'm feeling the burn and the stretch!" And finally "Wait, ten minutes are over already?"
I would recommend this kit especially for those who are reluctant or nervous about being new to exercising, or existing physical problems. Start small and get great results. Do each video once a week before or after a brisk 20-minute walk, and you've got a pretty decent beginner's cardio+strength exercise plan at an amazing price!
December 27, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by NJML Poor quality - Unable to inflate - Returning
The sides of the ball are stuck together, even after following the instructions to let the ball come to room temperature. With this, can't insert the needle to even try to inflate. Poor quality. Good to check if giving as gift.
December 19, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by lbAK Never got a chance to try it
You have to inflate the unit to use and when I went to push the tip into the inflation hole it went right through the outer layer of the unit so that was that. Regardless, the tip of the pump doesn't match the screw thread (circumference) of the pump so I don't think I couldn't have filled it anyway.
November 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by birdwatcher a favorite
this little peanut is so easy to use and is very portable.I tend to use it daily to loosen up a very tight back and rib area .
July 31, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by lindamac good for the back
I recently had lower back surgery, and could no longer do my pilates dvd. i was thrilled to find this dvd with the bonus cushion. Its great and just enough of a work out without any pain. thank you once again GAIAM
July 30, 2012