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This was one of my bargain finds at a car boot sale where I managed to haggle the woman down to only £2.50 for it. Even full price this isn't an expensive item unlike so many keep fit equipment and it can be bought for around about £10 from sports shops and online.
The twist board is a relatively simple item being that it is basically just two discs together where the top one twists around and the bottom one stays stationary to the floor. You then just stand on it and use your body for momentum to twist the board.
It is supposed to tone the abs, hips and thighs as well as strengthen the lower back. If you do it properly for enough time it also is quite an effective aerobic workout too. The top disc has nodules on it to help give grip so that your feet won't slide off the twister and make you fall.
I think this is a pretty sturdy item considering it is one of the cheapest exercise items that I own and it will take quite a bit of abuse which is good considering that I just throw it in a cupboard out of the way when I am finished with it.
As for its claims about toning and weight loss I do think the manufacturers are being pretty honest with heir assessment of what the twister can help you achieve but like most things in life you will only get out what you are willing to put in.
This works as long as you use it regularly and are willing to actually work at it. It is not the kind of thing that you can use for two minutes a few times a week and expect to see results as it takes time but results do definitely start to show after a month or so of using it regularly. You don't have to spend hours on it but you do need to be willing to do it at least a few times a week for at least 20 to 30 minutes to see results.
I was already pretty fit and toned when I got this but even I noticed some tightening in my stomach muscles and my thighs which years of yoga hadn't managed to completely tighten so I was impressed with it. It also isn't as torturous as some other gym equipment and can easily be done while watching TV for example.
The only slight criticism that I have of the twist board is that I don't think the surface of it is large enough. I can fit on it but only just and I would have preferred if it was just a little bit bigger but it isn't a big deal and it wouldn't stop me from recommending it. I can be quite fickle when it comes to fitness equipment and I can get bored really easily and stop using things but I have found that this has kept my attention much longer than most and I am still enjoying using it and have been pleased with the results.
When I joined Slimming World last year (for the umpteenth time), everyone in class were raving about twist boards being a great way of trimming down those love handles and there were in Home Bargains for just a couple of pounds. Unfortunately, I when I went to buy mine, they were out of stock to I started to look online and spotted this one at Amazon. Although the price wasn't as good (I paid around £8), I had already convinced myself I needed it so I purchased straight away.
The twist board currently retails for around £9.99 which I think is a reasonable price (there are cheaper ones out there, but also more expensive ones). As well as being available from Amazon, I have also spotted it available in larger sports shops too.
The surface area of the disc is quite large and measures approximately 26cm, I have size 6 feet but the other half has used it a few times and he has size 12 feet and it is quite sufficient. The board has small raised bobbles across the top which I think are designed to help stop my feet slipping off; I would say that you do have to wear shoes as it does get a little uncomfortable on bear feet. Underneath the board a rubber feet which means that it is quite secure when placed on laminate flooring and not at risk of slipping, although I do tend to use mine on carpet. The board does only come in grey which is a little disappointing and its quite boring and dull looking.
Using the board is really easy, simply stand on and twist from side to side, I tend to hold onto the wall and slowly twist around, but the instructions show that when I get more advanced, you should be able to twist unassisted, while slightly squatting or even on one leg. The movement is designed to help improve balance and posture, but most importantly for me, tone my muscles in my stomach, thighs and hips. Because the board is made from hard wearing plastic, it is really easy to wipe clean and maintain (I do find that dust is really easy to remove too).
In my opinion, I have brought several products over the years that are designed to be quick, easy and simple but when using, they actually aren't, however with this, it actually does. I tend to go through spurts of using the product, but when I remember and use for a couple of weeks, I can start to tell the difference. Like most exercise products I have or diets I try to follow, the biggest problem I seem to have is sticking to them!
When using the board, I do find that the top plate twists with little effort, is actually quite smooth and doesn't stick at all. When in use, the board does make a humming sound, but it isn't too noisy that it interferes with the television or conversation.
The product doesn't require any assembling and another benefit is how compact it is which means I can easily slide under the bed when not in use (although this could be considered a bit of a downside, especially for me, as I tend to 'forget' to use the board!)
Overall, I would recommend this and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
Being a busy student, I usually gave up and frequently eat junk food, sweets and anything easy to keep me going when I'm stressed out and losing sleep or when the fridge is empty (which happens quite often). I always try my best eat fruits and vegetables at least twice a day to keep me healthy but sometimes that's not enough when I'm sitting down writing essays for pretty much the whole day. Therefore, doing some physical exercise helps me to clear my head and refresh my self. Like I've mentioned in my previous reviews, I used to have a gym membership which ended in me losing out a lot of money. So, I have been using home gym equipments ever since. This Everlast twist board is another of my home gym equipments I own to keep me healthy and fit.
I bought this everlast twist board for about £ 10.00 from eBay two years ago. The idea of the twist board to tone the muscles around the waist and stomach. The way to exercise is by stepping on the twist board, keep the whole body in place by keeping your head fixed in one direction and use the momentum provided by the twist board to swivel the bottom half of the body from side to side in a circular motion. I have size 4 and a half feet so it is not problem to stand on this twist board with both feet, however this board surface might come up a big small for those with feet sizes 8 or above.....
Personally, twist boards are one of my favourite ways to exercise. The bottom of the twist board is made is non-slip material but I always use it on the carpeted floor to provide maximum grip. The twist board surface has semi=circular heads and even though they are supposed to massage my feet, I cannot exercise without my trainers because they start to hurt after about 3 minutes standing on the twist board.
Exercising on the twist board can be repetitive and boring but it is never the case with me. I usually watch television or listen to music while exercising on this twist board. I work out on the twist board for 10 minutes and then switch to a different work out like lifting arm weights (4kg) and then come back to the twist board for another 5 or 10 minutes work out. The good thing about having home gym equipment is that I can work out around my university schedule.
Another good thing about this twist board is that it's flat and very easy to store away, this is very important for me since the flat we rent is quite small despite being relatively new. Maybe it's partly due to exercising using this twist board or maybe it's my semi-healthy diet, but luckily my jeans size hasn't gone up since I started university.
Overall, this Everlast twist board is a very cheap and brilliant way to keep myself fit. This is a great home gym equipment for busy people.
Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) x
I've had my twist board for around two years now. My cousin gave it to me for free as she didn't use it but they retail at around ten pounds each.
When I first got it I went through a phase of using it every day for around a week and then I completely lost interest! Now that I am trying to tone up a bit more though I have decided to begin using it again and I've been using it for around twenty minutes a day for the past three weeks. I think the mistake that I made before was using it in just one way, eg twisting my waist from side to side and now I try to make it a little more exciting by using ankle weights and doing various different 'movements' such as half-squatting while twisting and so on.
It does get a little repetitive after a while no mater how much I try to make it more entertaining however the results are well worth it and I am impressed by the results that I have seen as it is such a low intensity way of exercising and I often actually almost forget that I'm doing it as after a while I get into a rythm and I watch telly or listen to music while using it. The board is really basic in appearence, it is small and round and it is lined on the black side and the grey side which is the top of it has little raised bumps all over it which prevents any accidents eg slipping over.
There is also a version available with foot marks where you are supposed to put your feet. The bumps aren't painful when I stand on them with bare feet or socks on but after a few minutes it can start to feel a little uncomfortable so I usually wear trainers when I am using it. The board twists right around and it is made from very sturdy plastic. I weigh eight stone and it moves easily underneath me when I twist. The maximum user weight according to amazon is around sixteen stone.
I always put this on our rug whenever I am using it in the living room as although it does stay in one place when it is on the wooden floor I find that it feels a little more secure on the rug and there is no way that it can slip. The board isn't very big making it easy to store but it is large enough to comfortably stand on. I am able to space my feet slightly apart and my feet/toes don't hang over the edges or anything and I am a size five in shoes. When I am standing on the board I feel completely safe as it is strong and only a couple of inches off of the floor so I don't feel off-balance or anything.
Using the board is really simple and practically anyone will be able to use one with ease. I would particullarly recommend it to people who are relatively inactive or unfit because it is so incredibly easy. You just need to stand on the board and then twist from side to side. It is important to use your waist to twist rather than literally moving your feet if that makes sense and after ten minutes or so I start to feel it working. I am quite fit as I run and go to the gym so my results are not as substantial as some people's will be but I have noticed that my hips are more defined and my stomach is starting to get the washboard effect that I am aiming for. I also think that my upper thigh muscles have improved as I usually use ankle weights as well as my shake weight when I use it and I have noticed a difference in my arms too so I highly recommend incorporating weights into your twist routine.
As you might have seen in my earlier review I'm on a bit of a fitness kick recently, and even when I wasn't getting to the gym I wanted to have something as a backup to do at home when I was feeling energetic but the gym wasn't open. I've had this item for a while now actually, it's the second version of this kind of equipment I've had, had an Avon one a while back that packed up when I went to use it so thanks kindly to Amazon vouchers I got my hands on one of these.
~*~ What is it? ~*~
This is a board that you stand on with both feet and twist on it's a hard motion to explain but it's meant to make your body twist so pull on the muscles in various areas - to help you tone up - it's apparently a form of aerobic exercise. With a ball bearing inside to rotate on it's meant to give you a good work out from the comfort of your own home, because it does nothing to help you have to make it move under your own effort.
~*~ Is it any good? ~*~
In conjunction with a good diet and other forms of exercise it will definitely help you tone up if that's what you're looking for. It's a hard product to describe to be honest, because all you really do is stand on it with both feet, and well make sure you've got some shoes on because the nobbly bits on the board can get a little bit painful if you're stood on it for a fair amount of time - admittedly you'll probably get a bit worn out from the full body exercise you've got with this twisting board but that will depend how much you put into it. It's definitely a bit of equipment that the more you put in the more you'll get out of it. I started just doing it a little bit here and there while I was watching the television, for two or three minutes - however if you do five minutes regularly in an evening, in the morning while you're watching the television or whenever you get five minutes stood around not doing a lot you'll find you get a lot out of it.
I'd even have mine in the shower if it would sit still on the floor of the bath!
I've had mine a fair while now can't remember exactly how long but I've found it's worked quite nicely for me, especially since I've introduced a weight to the mix as well - it's definitely got me learning how to balance much better. As add a weight to the mix and your centre of gravity will change and you'll find it'll work much better at toning up; it suggests it will work on your hips and waist mostly if you don't have a weight... Include a weight and you can work on your arms and back at the same time. It's a nifty lightweight piece of equipment that anyone can use for a few minutes throughout the day. In conjunction with other equipment, and a good diet - you can start to see an improvement for the summer; I'm using mine lots now when I'm feeling a quick exercise so I can look good in my bikini in Italy! So far I've noticed a difference in my waist and hips even though recently I've been using it very little, definitely a worthwhile product even if you only use it for a few minutes a day.
It does have its flaws though, it's a good board, but mines a lovely lime green colour, and it told me on the listing colours may vary but didn't expect that! So a more neutral colour would have been good! The one thing I think it's missing is a calorie counter, timer, and reps counter that I had in a previous twist board, because it would give you something to work for every time you use it; to make sure you beat the previous day's work out. For the price though I can't really complain because it is good quality if not a bit noisy on a wooden floorboard but that's not a problem everyone will have.
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
If you want one buy it from eBay it's the cheapest place I could find it looking at it at the minute at £7.34 with free delivery, but it's not back in stock until the 9th of June so you might have to be a little bit patient, but it's more than worth the wait!
I'm currently stuck at home with a broken ankle and obviously apart from the odd hobble to the shops
on crutches I'm getting no exercise and worried that I'll turn into a lazy slob by the end of this.
All the sports I love are a no go at the moment as you can't surf, snowboard or ride a bike with one
dodgy leg encased in a cast so it's time to look at the dreaded home exercise once again.
I'm not a huge fan of home exercise and so far the only piece of home exercise equipment that has
really managed to hold any long term interest for me is our coolboard balance board which I reviewed
on Dooyoo a couple of months ago. Much as I enjoy using the coolboard it would be impossible and dangerous to use with one good leg so would probably end up in another trip to casualty.
My friend loves her home exercise stuff (well she loves buying it anyway) and every time I visit there's
another instrument of torture masquerading as a friendly brightly coloured answer to the perfect abs/bum/thighs/arms/hips (delete as appropriate). As she has probably run out of room to store it all
she was more than happy to drop some stuff off for me to try while I'm stuck at home and this twist
board was one of the items she brought round.
The twist board is around 10 inches wide and consists of a circular plastic base with an equal sized
circular platform that spins on a ball bearing mechanism. The platform has raised plastic bumps on
it for grip. The idea of this is you stand on the twist board and twist your body like they did in the
old twist dances and the top platform rotates while the base stays still. Every time I look at this it
reminds me of a day glo green frisbee and I reckon this was designed to use up all the old frisbees
after the last frisbee craze died out!
The first thing I noticed about the twist board is it doesn't seem very robust but at £5 - £10 it's not a
huge issue to replace it if it does break (and the dog will probably be quite happy with 2 new frisbees
to play with) The other downside of this is it's a bit small so if you have larger feet (or in my case a
cast on your leg) it is slightly more awkward to use. My friend has size 6 shoes and she finds this fine
but my other half has size 10's and found this a bit awkward but not unusable when he had a go on it.
The twist board is easy to use just stand with both feet on the board and twist. Although I can't do it properly with my injured leg still encased in the medical version of bondage I can use this for short
periods using only my good leg to balance and staying near the kitchen worktop in case I lose
balance. Another way I've been using this is by placing it on a flat top stool and sitting on it using my upper body to twist and holding my legs outwards and pulling them up towards me provides some
muscle toning for them although I'm guessing this isn't an intended use for the twist board it works
quite well for me at the moment.
With regular use this would be a good way of toning your abs,thighs,hips and if used with weights
could provide a workout for your arms and upper body at the same time. This would also be great
for improving your core body strength,strengthening your lower back and stomach muscles and
will help improve your balance. As with any exercise equipment it's only going to work if you use it regularly and although this will work it would be better to combine it with other types of exercise
rather than just using this alone.
One of the great things about this is although it could provide a quite rigorous workout if you really
went at it and used weights it's also the type of exercise you can start off slowly and build up
gradually. Using the twist board is a low impact exercise so it's ideal for anyone who hasn't exercised
in a while or anyone recovering from illness or injury and would also be good for keeping the elderly mobile. For most people trying to get back into regular exercise this is a better and probably safer
option than trying to follow a super fit 20 year old dancing around on a DVD especially if walking
round Tescos is the most exercise you've done since you left school.
The bonus of the twist board is being able to exercise in your home while watching TV and without
anyone seeing you do it. Many people are too self conscious or don't have the time or money to go
to a gym but at least the twist board is cheap to buy and easier to store than a treadmill or exercise
bike (although it's not as good for hanging clothes on). At the moment my borrowed one lives
under the couch so I can grab it for a quick play then chuck it back under the couch out of the way til
the next time.
The other bonus of this is if you don't use it if you have kids they will probably love it so far this has
been used as a mini roundabout/waltzer and a turning circle for trains and trucks by my nieces and nephews and they all seem to enjoy doing the twist as well.
There's plenty of versions of this available with everyone from supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco
selling them along with the sports brands such as Everlast. Prices range from around £5 - £10 and
they all seem to be much the same in construction.
If you want a cheap fun way to get a bit of light exercise at home this is worth a look and at least if
you don't use it as much as you planned to it won't take up much room in the cupboard.
I am fast becoming the owner of a lot of cheap and compact exercise equipment as I am trying to find small fitness tools that do not require a lot of storage space, the items also have to be cheap as I need to spend less than monthly gym membership to make the saving cost effective.
The Everlast Twist Board is actually an item that I have owned for a few years I have just never taken it out of the box until recently when I finally decided that I need to get it to shape and tone that body fat. I do not rally need to lose a lot of weight its just getting fit and toning some of the unwanted fat into muscle.
The twist board is a disc or a rotating platform that you stand on and as you stand on the unit you twist your body from left to right, the unit has a precision ball bearing so that you can have a smooth workout, whilst making sure that your movement is controlled. There are different arm movement and areas to place weights to increase the intensity of the work out.
The twist board also comes with a fitness book to help assist you with your exercises and make sure that you get the most out of your machine.
This unit has not changed a lot over the years you will just find that over the years the colours of the units vary. The Everlast Twist Board does not only help to slim and tone your abs, hips and thighs it also helps to strengthen you back and calves at the same time.
Twisting away at the start of you training you can feel the easiest exercises working but as you get more used to the board you can add weights to increase the intensity of the workout.
If you have big feet, this may not be an item for you as I found the board quite small, for my small feet I can see anyone with bigger feet will have their feet hanging over the edge which may affect the overall performance of the board and your balance.
I do believe when I purchased the twist board it cost me about £12.00, but since looking around you can now buy this for around £7.50, I use it every three days for about 10 minutes in conjunction with some of my other exercise equipment as I like differentiate my workouts.
When using the twist board make sure you are using it correctly as you could easily injure yourself or slip off of the board if you are not using it properly.
Overall this is a great price for a piece of exercise equipment and although I cannot see a dramatic change in 2 months my stomach muscles are stronger and I also have better strength in my legs.
Over the last year, my mum has really taken to getting fit, and so when I was desperately trying to think of gift for her for her birthday a couple of months ago, I came across this Everlast Twist Board on amazon. When I saw it I remembered that I had read some positive reviews about this piece of exercise equipment before here on dooyoo, but this was the first time that I had ever thought of buying anything related to fitness.
I was pleasantly surprised at the price of this Everlast Twistboard which currently retails at just over £7 on amazon. Everlast is a make that I was already aware of, mostly linked to boxing equipment. The company promote this product as helping to slim down your thighs, hips and abs as well as toning and strengthing your back and calves. IT is essentially a moving disc that you stand on and swivel your body twisting the disc as you do so Its precision ball bearing is supposed to maintain its smoothness when you move, so you don't feel yourself toppling. It isn't the same as a wobble board, as the board itself only twists, it doesn't wobble or moving up or down.
Although this product appears to come in different colours, the one that I ended up buying for my mum was the same grey shade as the picture at the top of the page.
One of the biggest advantages of this product is that it is light and therefore portable. You can put it on your living room floor and watch the TV as you twist on it. This was a major reason why I bought it for my Mum as I knew she would be able to watch her favourite programmes and still do her exercises, especially in the heart of the winter when you want to stay in the warmest rooms in the house.
My mum has had this for a few months now and as said that she is now starting to see a very gradual difference in her hips. However, she does say that to achieve this as been by using this twistboard every day consistently for a good length of time. In the last few weeks, everytime I have been at my Mum's house she has this board out and I too have started having a go on it, and although I am not using it regularly enough to notice any huge difference, I do feel the better of it after twisting on it for ten minutes or so, especially on those horrible wet days when I haven't been able to get out a walk, and want some kind of exercise.
All in all, for those who want a simple, cheap product that will help with their fitness and body toning, then this is well worth considering. You don't need to even leave the comfort of you own living room to use this, and you can watch your favourite shows whilst you exercise. Anyone looking for huge effects on their body will need to be prepared to use this consistently every day for a good length of time and then you should start to see your work pay off.
==Everlast Twist Board==
I have been doing a lot of running in the last year and a lot of home exercise too and really been going for it. Unfortunately because of this I actually broke my last twist board, which was made by York, from probably going at it too hard!
With the thought in mind that I really couldn't do without this small piece of wonderfully home exercise equipment I decided on placing an Amazon order and waiting for my new item to arrive.
The Everlast twist board is made up exactly the same way as another other tiwst board for this purpose that I have seen and works in exactly the same way. There are two boards which are made of a strong durable plastic and these are placed on top of one another. In between these two boards is a rotating pivot that can be twisted around by the weight of someone standing on the top board and twisting their body from left to right. The board will then turn around.
The idea of the exercise is to move your waist from side to side in a smooth and controlled manner. This movement will not only improve your balance and therefore body muscles but will also work to tone and tighten the muscles in the stomach and on the hips.
When I first used one of these boards I was very sceptical and wasn't sure it would work at all but I must say that after a mere few days of doing it in the evening for half an hour or so I did really begin to notice improvement in my body. Coupled with the fact that this item is small and lightweight it means it is a perfect piece of home exercise equipment for using and then storing away as it takes up practically no room whatsoever.
I really can't rate this twist board highly enough. I can't really say that this Everlast one is any better or worse than others I have tried as they all are much of a muchness but I can definitely recommend this item as a piece of good exercise equipment for home. It really does work (if you put in the effort) and for the price of £10 I would say it is well worth it!
5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
WHAT IS IT?
A plastic circular disc with swivelling mechanism, to use you simply stand on it and twist at the waist. The Twist Board is good for toning the waist, thighs, bottom and calves.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
For the price and basic design it's an excellent piece of exercise equipment. The rigid plastic can hold people of up to 16 stone and it feels balanced and comfortable to use. The swivel action is smooth so does not put excess strain on the joints and the bobbled surface prevents you slipping as long as you are wearing suitable shoes.
I use the Twist Board for 20 minutes at a time and get a speed up that leaves me sweating and aware of having done a work out, I can feel the burn in my waist muscles and definitely know I've worked on both toning and cardio work. It used to make my legs ache really badly but this effect reduced the more I used the board and my lower body feels stronger.
My waist size has definitely gone down since I started using the board regularly and I've recently started wearing wrist weights while twisting to add an extra dimension to my twisting sessions. I'm happy with the results this board has produced and for just £8 I think every dieter should have one as its an excellent tone up tool for areas that can become flabby after you've lost a bit of weight.
I clean mine after each use and the green colour still looks good, all it needs is a wipe over the top before its put away. You sometimes have to watch as hairs can get stick in the base, this is natural as any house containing long haired females will have unnoticed hairs on the floor and these can get trapped in the thin twisting mechanism.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I like to think that I'm a relatively fit person, and I like to get my standard 3 x 30 minute exercise sessions in a week. What I get bored with is doing the same boring exercises all the time...no-one likes to just go running, so as part of my fitness regime, I run, I box and I do the twist...no I'm not kidding, I actually do the twist as part of my exercise regime. I first came across the everlast twist board a couple of years ago and like most fitness equipment it ended up getting forgotten about, up until about 2 months ago, when I discovered it's hiding place and decided I'd give it a bash.
***What is the Everlast Twist board***
The everlast twist board is an excercise tool presented in a circular disk that has a high impact rotating platform that sits on top of precision ball bearings for smooth twisting so you can twist your way to slimmer abs, hips and thighs, whilst also improving your balance and co-ordination
Exercise is an important part of a balanced healthy diet and while we exercise we improve our fitness levels which in turn helps to improve our hearts and our general physical well being and everlast is a global leader in the manufacture of fitness related sports material, so a fitness product with the name everlast on it should be good.
***What does it claim to do?***
The everlast twist board claims to provide the body with a vigorous form of aerobic exercise which is said to tighten abdominals, slim down hips and thighs, strengthen your back and develop your calves, overall improving your strength, co-ordination and general cardio vascular fitness....the big question on everyone's lips is does it actually work.
Removing the disc from it's square box I find that the platform has lots of bumps over it which provides the user with a non-slip surface, with the everlast brand name imprinted in the middle of the disc. I step on the disc for the first time only with socks on, which was a silly idea as the nodules all over the surface aren't the most comfortable to stand on. Slipping into some more appropriate exercise clothing including trainers which I highly recommend you wear when you use the twist board to prevent discomfort and improve balance (and you haven't even started exercising yet), stand on the board in an upright position, bend your knees and slowly start to twist your body from left to right, right to left using your arms for balance.....your lower body should be twisting in the opposite direction from your upper body for maximum impact. This of course is just the basic twist, which from the continuous movement provides the user with an aerobic work out.
***Actually using the twist board***
The above gives you a small indication of my first experiences using the twist board, and I've come a long way since then, and although the board is designed for targeting the waist, varying my exercise on the board to help improve my fitness and work on other areas of my body, helps to keep it interesting. There are several different ways to exercise on this board incorporating weights and resistance bands which can help to tone and strengthen various muscles in your upper body.
*The basic twist / oblique twists*
My suggestion is to first pop on some music and get yourself warmed up before you actually start using the board. Start with the basic twist to get yourself familiar with the movement of the board before you move onto anything more strenuous. Hold in your abdominals while twisting with your arms up and elbows bent (this will increase the intensity and resistance of the workout) and keep up the continuous movement for around 20-30 minutes for a beneficial aerobic work out. If you're not comfortable holding your arms up, I recommend just imitating the movement they would make while out for a brisk walk as it is slightly easier to control your movements this way. You can have you arms in various positions for the basic twist for example, holding your arms above your head or straight out to the sides which will make the twist more difficult to control, the lower your arms, the easier it is to control the twist, but obviously the more difficult you make it, the more intense the work out.
*The basic twist with weights*
All you need to do is follow the same process as indicated above but add a little extra weight to the movement by strapping on ankle and/or wrist weights (personally I don't own these) and this will increase the resistance on your biceps and triceps and focusing a little on your upper body as well as your waist.
*Twist and curl*
This movement incorporates bicep curls into the twist. If you have a resistance band, place it underneath the disc and take a handle in each hand, start the basic twisting motion but with each twist curl your bicep.
*The basic twist with a medicine / weight ball*
This is one of my favourite twists and one I tend to use all the time. It incorporates upper body strengthening with the same focus on the waist area. I have round ball weights which are just the right size to hold in your hand....using only one I do ten reps on each side to try and even out the work out with 10 reps holding the ball with both hands and controlling my twists from the centre. I find that using the ball provides me with a more vigorous workout and helps to focus on my upper arms which i've never been very happy with as well as toning my waist.
***My personal opinion and overall experience***
I've been using the twist board now for about a month and have dropped half an inch off my waist reducing it from 28" to 27.5" so the results achieved are pleasing. Every time I use the twist board I feel it working my waist area and I always feel that it's doing what it's supposed to......What I like about the twist board is you can go as slow or as fast as you like so you can find a pace that best suits your fitness levels, obviously the slower you go the less intense the workout so I like to go at a moderate - fast pace changing it every so often, it makes me sweat and I feel it burning in the areas I want to burn.
Working out with the everlast twist board can be done pretty much any time anywhere....don't get me wrong it's not small enough to fit into your handbag or anything but if you find yourself ready to slump down onto the couch to watch a bit of tv and you haven't had your 30 minutes of exercise that day, it's the easiest thing just to pop the board on the floor and twist while you watch your faviourite tv programmes.....word of advice, the board does make a bit of a noise, not over the top loud, but you may need to turn the volume up on your tv to hear whatever it is your watching....it makes exercise a little bit easier and best of all you don't have to go to the gym or hit the streets running, you can complete your workout in the comfort of your own home.
Personally I like to vary my exercise pattern so find that I use the everlast twist board every other day, throwing in other aerobic exercise such as boxing, running and hula hooping into the mix...the reason I do this is so I don't get bored with repetitive exercise so I do recommend that you try other forms of exercise and don't rely solely on the twist board.
To be honest I can't say I've noticed any difference in the hip and thigh area as they don't appear to have shrunk any and I don't feel any physical effects in these areas after using the twist board unlike my upper body so I find that running helps me to work on these areas. As for balance and co-ordination, these were both areas that I was pretty strong on any way so i can't say there';s any notable improvement there, but I can imagine if you're not the most co-ordinated or balanced person in the world, you may find the twist board difficult to use in the beginning.
overall I think this a great in home piece of fitness equipment that although, it doesn't appear to do what it says on the tin, it certainly does have an impact and is helping me to maintain my fitness levels on a daily basis and hopefully keep my health in check.
***Where to buy and how much will it cost***
The everlast twist board can be found on a variety of online retail websites with Play.com selling the board for only £7.99. It's best to shop around as you may be able to pick this up somewhere else a little cheaper...I know amazon also sell it. I think £7.99 is a great price for a fitness tool that is easy to use, easy to store and great for your overall health and wellbeing
**some words of caution**
There are a few things you should remember before you start using the twist board, one is please don't use it if there are any visible signs of damage as you may hurt yourself. If you have any form of medical condition then please consult your Dr before starting any new form of exercise and if you have any sort of knee, ankle or foot injuries or ongoing problems then I think perhaps this wouldn't be the best piece of fitness equipment for you.
So what did I spend my last lot of amazon vouchers courtesy of Dooyoo on... this Everlast Twistboard after having read some Dooyoo reviews about it I decided that I had to give it a go, so thank you fellow reviewers!
This piece of exercise equipment is made by Everlast, a company chiefly known for its boxing equipment and sponsorship. Everlast was founded in 1910 by a 17 year old, Jacob Galomb who started off as a small retailer and rapidly expanded to what it is today. The company is based in New York and specialises in boxing, fitness and martial arts equipment and clothing. It is a well-known and trusted manufacturer.
The twistboard comes in a box just big enough to hold the apparatus which has dimensions of approximately 30cm diameter. On the front of the box is the Everlast branding and a demonstration picture of a woman twisting away. It is not a particularly motivating picture but it demonstrates the usage of the product. Inside is the twistboard and an A4 sheet with instructions and associated workouts. This product is already assembled so you can simply plonk it on the floor and go, which I like very much.
The board is circular in shape and only about 30cm diameter and a height of about 5cm. The size and weight of this product make it easily transportable. The top is one colour, mine being grey and the bottom black, Amazon did state that 'Colours may vary' - I wish! I was hoping for a more motivating colour but that's just me. The black base has the appearance of a vinyl record being polished and ridged; this stays in place on the floor whilst you are using the equipment, while the top half of the board twists in 360 degrees and is grey with uneven dapples on the surface for grip with your feet. The centre of the board has the Everlast branding on it.
What's it for?
The twistboard is intended for use for people who want to tone and slim the abdominal, hips and thigh areas of their body. By standing on the board and repeating a twisting action you are giving these areas an aerobic workout and thus achieving a more slimmer physique. The board also helps to improve circulation, relieves tension and improves your balancing skills (or in my case definitely puts them to the test).
The equipment is very, very easy to use. You simply stand in the centre of the board and make your top half of your body twist at right angles to the lower half of your body. It is recommended to do a 45 degree twist so as to not put any strain on your back. This is achieved by holding your arms out (for both balance and toning) and turning in even and measured movements on the board.
The great thing about this kit is that you can choose your own workout intensity, for example bending your knees will increase the amount of toning done to your thighs and holding weights will give your arms more of a workout.
The workout sheet that comes with the twistboard has four training recommendations and identifies which areas of the body doing this will tone. These are;
Oblique Twists. Muscles utilised - obliques.
Oblique Ball Twists. (Advanced) Muscles utilised - obliques, biceps, triceps.
Oblique Twists with Weights. (Advanced) Muscles utilised - obliques, biceps, triceps.
Resistance Twists. (Advanced) Muscles utilised - obliques.
For now I am quite happy just twisting away and trying not to fall off the thing!
I bought this kit on recommendation and what particularly grabbed me about it was that you could hop on and off as and when you had the time or whilst you are watching the TV. To look at it doesn't seem much but if used consistently and properly it gives good results (like any piece of exercise equipment I suppose). I found it difficult to balance on this board on the first few uses until I had a good rhythm going, but now can literally step on and go. I do find it annoying that I can't keep my body straight in one direction, particularly when I am watching a programme, but that might just come with practice or that I just have different leg lengths!
After just over two weeks exercising for around ten minutes a day I can definitely see a difference in my waistline and can certainly feel more toning and definition present in the lower part of my body. I simply use the oblique twist method with slightly bent legs and it doesn't really feel like you're doing much but it is definitely having an effect on my body in a good way.
I bought this from Amazon for the brilliant price of £7.25 (RRP only £8.99) which I think is a steal for a fun and effective product. Even if I do store it away once the novelty has worn off at that price I won't feel too bad. This is an exercise routine that any of the family can do as and when. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a simple workout that doesn't leave you in agony.
My new year's resolution for 2011 was one that is a popular choice for many people - get fitter! In an effort to boost my motivation and get my body into shape I invested in a few bits of kit and exercise DVDs. This Twist Board by Everlast caught my eye as it looked simple and easy to use. It costs RRP £8.99 and is available to buy from Amazon.co.uk for a slightly reduced price of £7.19. There aren't many pieces of exercise equipment that can be bought for less than a tenner, and I figured even if it didn't work for me I wouldn't have lost out too much.
Product description: "Shape and tone. Twist your way to slimmer abs, hips and thighs. Provides vigorous form of aerobic exercise on precision ball-bearing ride while improving balance and coordination. Twist board step by step fitness guide included."
The board itself is a small circular platform with two layered sections. It is available in a black and green or a black and grey colour combination, and I got the black and green version. On my board the top green section rotates a full 360 degrees and this is what gives the twisting action. The top of the board is covered in raised dome shaped bumps which are supposed to give better grip and avoid slipping. I find this very uncomfortable to stand on when I have bare feet or am wearing just socks, and it is much better when used with a pair of shoes or slippers to provide a barrier against the hard plastic base.
The idea of the Twist Board is very simplistic, you just stand on top of it and then use your muscles to rotate the board. This basic action will provide a good stretch and help to gently tone any soft bits! Everlast's information guide states that their Twist Board...
+ Improves balance and coordination
+ Tightens abdominals
+ Slims hips and thighs
+ Strengthens back
+ Develops calves
It also features a non-slip surface, and precision ball bearings for smooth twisting.
The Twist Board is very easy to use and although it is repetitive and a little boring, it is possible to fit in several short sessions throughout the day which will still give a good effect. I have my Twist Board placed in my front room near the doorway, and I will either pull it out and do some twisting in front of the TV for a few minutes at a time, or quickly hop onto the board every time I enter the room and do a quick set of reps before I carry on with what I was intending to do. These few minutes here and there all add to up help work the muscles and short bursts of activity can be slotted into a daily routine without any fuss or planning required. I particularly like exercises that I can do indoors without having to worry about going outside in the cold or bad weather, as this makes it feel more enjoyable and less of a chore.
There was a step by step fitness guide included with this product, and this covered four different exercises that you could do to maximise the use of your Twist Board, including:
+ Oblique Twists. Muscles utilised - obliques.
+ Oblique Ball Twists. (Advanced) Muscles utilised - obliques, biceps, triceps.
+ Resistance Twists. (Advanced) Muscles utilised - obliques.
+ Oblique Twists with Weights. (Advanced) Muscles utilised - obliques, biceps, triceps.
The Resistance Twists and variations on the Oblique Twists are listed as "advanced" level exercises, although I would say this is an exaggeration and they could easily be completed by anyone no matter what their fitness level. The leaflet includes safety instructions and guidelines for using the Twist Board, which is helpful and should be taken into account before starting a new exercise. One point that I paid particular attention to was that the exercises should be done in a SLOW and CONTROLLED manner. It is easy to get carried away with the twirling, but I make sure to steady my body and really control each movement of my body and the board so that the movements are done slowly and give a good stretch without causing damage. I do long, slow movements and really hold my muscles tight to make them work harder, and this seems to be really effective especially by the time I have completed a set.
So far I have mainly stuck to the basic Oblique Twists as the other moves require extra equipment, and it seems that Everlast have taken the opportunity to advertise some of their other products here. Other suggested equipment includes Everlast's medicine ball, door knob rope exerciser(!) and ankle & wrist weights. I sometimes improvise by using different objects that I have around the house so that I don't have to buy more fitness equipment, as once you have the board you can then use a good old tin of beans / soup / whatever you have in your store cupboard instead of wrist weights, and the exercise is just as effective.
With continued use, I have found these exercises to be effective and give good results. I take belly dancing classes in my spare time and one of the key things to performing complex routines is learning to isolate the sections of your body and move different muscles groups independently of one another. The Twist Board came in very handy for practicing this, as it allows me to work my hips and chest levels separately, as well as building up a better sense of balance by using the core muscles. My hips are definitely looking more trim and my stomach looks flatter than before, although there has been only a slight increase in the tone of my muscles and they will need continued exercise in a variety of forms to really firm up. Over the months that I have been using this piece of equipment it has become easier to complete the movements, and so now I can do much longer repetitions or up the number of sets that I am completing so that I still get the benefit of completing the exercise. My goal at the start of the year was to get in shape fast for an event that I was going to in March, and I am pleased to report that although I did not lose any weight, I did in fact lose several inches from around my waist and managed to drop back down a dress size from 12 to my usual 10. The Twist Board definitely played a part in this as it helped to get me moving every day, and along with other longer workouts and watching my diet I did achieve the result that I was looking for. I will continue playing on my Twist Board in addition to other exercises, as I still have a little way to go before I get the toned physique that I am dreaming of.
I think that the Everlast Twist Board is a great little piece of kit to use for a casual, low intensity keep fit routine. Don't expect drastic results, but it is perfect for a quick and gentle workout that can be done in the comfort of your own home.
I hate all forms of exercise. I was really hoping that my attitude would change as I got older but unfortunately I still have not been bitten by the gym bug. Luckily my figure stays fairly slim but it wasn't toned so my stomach and hips were a bit more wobbly than they should have been. I went in search of something that would tighten my abdominal muscles without much effort.
After researching online the easiest way seemed to be to purchase the Everlast Twist Board. Everlast is one of the leading manufacturers in creating products to improve our strength and fitness so I knew I would be in safe hands.
What does it do?
The purpose of the Twist Board is to tone up the whole of your midsection which including your stomach, hips and thighs. It promises to flatten unsightly bulges and make your body as streamline as if you were wearing control pants. Not only that but it also claims to help you to develop your core strength, improve your ability to balance without wobbling and also straightening out your posture, all while improving your coordination.
What does it look like?
The board looks like a thick Frisbee but you won't want to try throwing this one around. It has a dark grey top which is covered in raised dots and these dots ensure that your feet grip to the base so that you don't fall off. It has an Everlast black sticker in the centre of the top disc and the bottom half of the product is black. It's small and light enough to be easily transported around the house and can be easily stored away.
How do you use it?
The Twist Board is suprisingly easy to use and the first thing you need to do is to stand on the product. I wear trainers when I'm standing on mine because the raised dots hurt my feet and it helps me to get a better grip. Your feet must be together and they stay still on the board the whole time.
The most simple exercise that can be done on the board is to keep your feet still on the board and twist your upper body from left to right. It almost like your doing the 'Let's twist again dance but with your body half still.
As you body twists, the top half of the board twists with you, while the bottom half stays still on the board. To increase the intensity of the exercise, you can do the same thing but with your legs squatted as this makes your thighs toned. You can also hold some tins in your hands to tone your arms too.
The best thing about this board is that you don't really ever work up a sweat. Using the board for ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the night will be enough so it's great for busy people. You can use the Twist Board while watching the television or reading the newspaper. I jump on it whenever I find ten minutes to spare because the more you use it, the more you keep that tension.
How does it work?
Muscles become toned when an action is repeated continuously and really toned muscles are simply muscles with keep the tension in them while the rest of the body is relaxed so that's the reason it can be so easily lost when you have a few days off.
The repeated twisting action creates tension in the abdominal muscles so the muscles become tighter and more toned. The squatting action creates tension in the thighs and this in turn makes them toned. As muscles become toned, it burns off the excess fat which means that you will also appear slimmer.
What do I think of it?
I love this product. It so simple to use and allows me to do the minimum exercise and gives great results. It takes a while to get used to using it and the first few times I kept losing my balance but I can do it easily now so I assume my posture and balance has improved because of this.
I tend to do the process quite slowing as when I get over enthusiastic, it hurts my stomach and gives me a stitch type feeling. My stomach is definitely more toned and although it hasn't given me a six pack (which I don't want!) it has given me a defined line down the middle of my stomach which I love!
I began to see improvement within a few days and big improvements within two weeks of constant and continuous use. My thighs are more toned and my hips are smoother and less wobbly as is my bottom although I don't think this product is intended to firm up the bottom. I think it's the squatting action that helps with this.
The product can be a little noisy and as the noise is a repetitive one, it can annoy those around you. But you only use it for such a sort space of time each time, that I tell the people in my house to put up with it! You will also look quite silly while using it because it makes you look you're doing an awkward funky chicken dance so you won't want to use this in front of strangers or your boss.
The Board is suitable for both men and women. The only problem is that the board is fairly small and the bigger your feet are then the harder it is to balance but I suppose that just means that you are getting a better workout.
I bought my Twist Board from Play.com for £7.99 so it's a fairly cheap piece of exercise equipment and it is very long lasting. It can be bought from many online stores so it will be a good idea to shop around in order to get the cheapest price.
All in all, this product is not really going to help you lose weight but if your aim is to tone up your middle problems areas then this is fantastic. It really is a cheap and easy way to improve your body with repeated use and therefore your confidence.
**All Age Fitness**
Although I love to try my hand at all kinds of activities, I have never been one with a passion for keep fit for its own sake. Boredom is a big factor (or great excuse) for me and so it was with scepticism that I unwrapped this disc and decided to give it a try. It is less threatening than many fitness gadgets some of which look like implements of torture and its simplicity means that it is accessible to all ages, providing you are able to stand and do not have severe balance issues.
**How to use it**
Essentially, you place the disc on a flat floor, step on, use your arms to balance and "do the twist". Twist your body by swinging at the waist and the board assists you. Then change direction with the added resistance of the turning of the board and you have a waist whittling exercise regime for any room in the house!
The action of twisting is so reminiscent of the dance that you can easily con yourself into thinking that you are enjoying yourself! The brave can use the disc in front of a mirror and watch the moves change their emphasis as you, for example, bend your knees a little or swing your arms. As you hget used to the motion, try adding music or placing it in front of the tv for added distraction.
The disc is made up of 2 layers of sturdy plastic. The base stays put whilst the top layer spins with you. The top layer has moulded dimples on it for added grip and has a softer rubbery feel. Some versions of this disc have molded footplates which can be comfortable - but only if your feet fit. The generally dimpled plate means your whole foot feels massaged too. It is grey and black and thus somewhat dull - there are coloured versions which are more snazzy, but at least this doesn't draw too much attention to itself in a room where you're eating cake!
The whole system is light and portable and can be stored easily upright down the side of a cabinet etc. Be careful not to leave it flat on a floor where it could be a tripping hazard!
With a little practice this disc can aid leg; joint; thighs; waist and upper body fitness and toning - not bad for a simple disc-shaped bit of kit!
Currently £7.25 from Amazon this is a relatively low priced fitness device