Product Type: Everlast Fitness
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The Everlasting Twist
Everlast Twist Board
Member Name: Abski2001
Everlast Twist Board
Advantages: Cheap, durable and good toning effects
Disadvantages: Personally I struggle to balance
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.
Summary: 5 Stars given the price, ease of use and results