Join the exercise craze of the season.
Readers of this magazine know about my passion for golf. Whenever Michigan’s weather and personal commitments allow it, you’re likely to find me at my favorite course playing or practicing. During the offseason, I’m frequently found either at an indoor driving range or at the local gym, focusing on several exercises to improve my game. My goal this winter is to improve my core muscles and my legs, both critical to improving club speed, which results in added distance, and one of the tools I will employ in my quest is the Simply Fit Board® Exercise Board I picked up from Dunham’s Sports.
After a successful national television commercial launch this year, the Simply Fit Board® has gained a lot of popularity and promises to be the exercise craze of the season. Chances are you’ve seen commercials for it – men and women twisting their way to tighter abs and more toned legs.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recognizes some of the benefits of balance training for rehabilitating certain injuries, strengthening muscles and improving postural alignment. Even the Mayo Clinic acknowledges that balance exercises can improve stability. For me, I like its lightweight and convenience. I can hop on the Simply Fit Board® any time and it easily stores out of the way.
When I first started using it, I felt the workout more in my legs than in the abs. To truly engage my core muscles, I added hand weights, making all the difference. I also like that the Simply Fit Board® further improves my balance, another critical component to the golf swing.
The Simply Fit Board® comes with a user guide and a workout DVD that includes instruction ranging from basic exercises to more advanced ones. If you don’t already have a set, I strongly recommend visiting your local Dunham’s Sports store to get yourself some hand weights; they will come in handy for nearly every exercise featured in the DVD. Be sure to start with something light, such as 3-lb. dumbbells, and work your way up.
As with any workout regimen, it’s important to talk to your doctor and follow instructions closely, keeping knees bent and the back straight while on the board. If you plan on using the Simply Fit Board® on hardwood floors, the manufacturer recommends placing a small, tight woven rug with rubber backing (on hardwood floors or other hard surfaces) to protect the board and your floors.
The Simply Fit Board® is available in orange, green, magenta or blue. I believe it will be a suitable supplement to my gym workouts and will replace some of my couch time with a more suitable, healthier alternative.
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