Product Type: Everlast Fitness
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Do the Twist
Everlast Twist Board
Member Name: stillclueless
Everlast Twist Board
Advantages: really does slim down waist
Disadvantages: not suitable for users with knee problems, don't really notice a difference in hips or thighs
***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.
Summary: Come on lets twist again
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