As a general rule, I’m not one for lots of gadgets and gizmos when it comes to workout equipment. I like my ol’ dumbbells, stability ball and my own body weight just fine. And when I’m feeling particularly crazy, I’ll spend some time on the TRX or will safely (with totally proper form) throw a kettlebell around. But extra items that just take up space in my home gym? Not so much. I say all this as proper disclosure for what I’m about to preach: If you want to get fit you don’t need anything but yourself, a good attitude and some good footwear. (And even that isn’t always necessary!) However, other things can help—if you actually use them. That’s a big “if,” especially for many products that promise dramatic results in a short amount of time—and for those buying them thinking they can get get killer abs and thighs in just 10 minutes, three times a week. Like the EasySculpt does.
This little purple pillow thingie (which got my husband really excited when it first came in the mail because he thought I was testingsomething else) is meant to support you and put you in better position (saying “position” didn’t help my case with the hubs, by the way) as you do different ab and Pilates exercises. For example, you rest your head in the cradle while doing crunches and other traditional ab matwork, hold it in your hands for proper form when doing oblique twists from a V-sit position, place it between your knees during bridges, and lie on your side in it as you do leg circles and other inner- and outer-thigh moves. And it really does work in that it makes it easier for a beginner or a home exerciser to have proper form when doing some harder or more complicated Pilates moves that require perfect form to really work the targeted muscles. It also is great for those who always feel strain in their neck when they do crunches and other ab work.
But I don’t think the product alone will get you fit. It comes with two DVDs, each with a 10-minute workout. Come on, guys, could we have not saved some packaging and put them on one DVD? Celeb trainer Jennifer Galardi leads both of the workouts (one for the core and one for the buns, thighs and abs), and does a great job of cuing and instructing, and she’s totally likable, but the production quality is less than what we typically see in most workout DVDs. Plus, to be honest, the moves are pretty repetitive for a 10-minute workout, and I imagine after a few days of doing this I’d be yawning. The exercises aren’t easy and you will feel the burn, but 10 minutes of leg lifts and crunches three times a week does not a fit body make.
Oh, and I’m not sure what’s up with the little Zebra on the packaging and what it has to do with fitness, but I like it.
FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Long-Term Likeability: ★
Fun Factor: ★★
Meets Expectations: ★★
Fit Bottomed Line: This is a good piece of equipment for newbies starting their exercise journeys who want to try Pilates or do abwork and are willing to round out their fitness plan with cardio on their own time.