Looking for something to recharge your New Year’s resolution to ramp up your workouts? If you want to target your core and work on your balance (very important as we age), the Bowflex CoreBody Reformer might be a good addition to your home gym.
CoreBody Reformer infomercials have been in hot rotation the past month, so interest in the product is high. But what do reviews say?
Consumer Reports recently gave the CoreBody Reformer a favorable review as did Fitbottomed Girls, and “Fitness” magazine one of the best fitness tools for your home gym.
We saw it in action this past summer at the 2012 BlogHer conference in New York, and finally got the opportunity to try it out firsthand.
First off, if your balance is a little wobbly, you may have a tough time with the CoreBody Reformer (or CBR). But that’s exactly why you might consider the $249 price tag. It is designed to intensively work on your core muscles, which help tremendously with your balance. And if you can’t swing the moves on the DVD, you can always do the modifications.
Speaking of the DVD, it is led by Jennifer Galardi, a trainer who is featured on loads of great workout DVDs, including many “Dance Off the Inches” workouts. There are four workouts on the DVD:
- Total Body Workout: 43-minute workout that is a blend of cardio and toning.
- Total Body Express: 25-minute workout that is perfect for getting the hang of the CBR.
- Core Essentials: 20-minute workout that targets your abs, back and waistline.
- Stretch & Renew: This is a dual workout — you use the CBR as a foam roller for 22 minutes, then stretch for 19 minutes.
The 4-foot-long CBR is pretty portable — everything fits inside the large tube — so you can take it outdoors and even throw it in the back seat of your car for a traveling workout. To that end, there is also a set of workout cards that illustrate a variety of moves and workouts if you’re not near a DVD player.
The toning portion of the CBR is a bar with two adjustable resistance pods on either end. At the end of the pods are straps that you use with your hands for upper-body resistance training and also with your bare feet for lower-body toning. Many cable strength trainers can be pretty jerky, movement-wise, but these are smooth and not very noisy.
Also included in the CoreBody Reformer package:
- User’s guide that shows how to put it together (very easy) and care and use instructions.
- Workout poster where you can keep track of your workouts in either a 2-, 3- or 5-day plan.
- Eating plan that includes a six-week journal with meal choices, and a spiral-bound recipe book with more than 80 recipes for dishes such as Peach Pancakes, Chicken Pesto Pasta, and Rosemary Meatballs.
You can check out the CoreBody Reformer website for more information or watch the video on this page by Girls Gone Sporty, who demonstrates how to put it together and use the CoreBody Reformer.