About Click Clack Trainer
Designed by Oliver Parker, the Click Clack Trainer workout system promises to deliver a low-impact, total body workout that can help you “start transforming your body,” wherever you are.
Made of lightweight and durable high impact plastic, Click Clack’s unique suction cup mount instantly attaches to smooth surfaces by “locking with a click and unlocking with a clack.”
From there, we’re told its “perfectly-tensioned” resistance bands latch onto the mount, giving you the ability to perform hundreds of exercises that can sculpt, tone, and define your chest, arms, shoulders, legs, abs, and more.
Then, when you’re finished working out, the Click Clack system promises to fit into a portable carrying bag, making it an ideal total body workout solution for all fitness levels, without any assembly required.
But is Click Clack Trainer anything revolutionary? And even if it is, does this mean it’s right for you? Based on what we learned during our research, we think there are a few important considerations to keep in mind, which we’ll discuss here.
How Does the Click Clack Trainer Work?
While there aren’t any dimensions listed on the Click Clack Trainer website, its base is shaped almost exactly like an old school phone. In place of a speaker at one end and a receiver at the other, though, you’ll find extra thick dual suction pads.
Click Clack Trainer’s proprietary mount, featuring dual suction pads and locking adherence technology. Image credit: Click Clack Trainer
Basically, we’re told that all you have to do is press the suction cups to any smooth surface, such as a window, and lock down the left and right flaps. On the handle, you’ll find red and green adherence indicators that let you know if you have a solid connection.
From there, you’ll attach Click Clack’s resistance bands to the mount’s steel rings and perform various exercises. These rings are big enough to accommodate multiple bands for additional resistance, if necessary.
Speaking of which, Click Clack claims their proprietary resistance bands are the result of “meticulous R&D that enabled us to determine the right length and tension for maximum results.” However, no additional details are provided.
Sounds pretty cool, right? But can working out with resistance bands help you achieve the body you’re after?
Are Resistance Bands Effective?
Whether you're using your body weight (such as with push-ups), free weights and machines at your local gym, or rubberized bands in the comfort of your own home, each of these methods delivers resistance (i.e. an opposing force) to your muscles.
The more resistance you apply, the harder your muscles have to work, which creates microscopic damage to your muscle fibers. Then, as the body repairs these fibers, it gradually builds the muscle’s size and strength.
Given this, whether or not resistance bands are “effective” largely depends on what you’re looking to achieve.
For example, if you’re focused on increasing muscle size, most professionals recommend working out with heavier weights and performing fewer reps. On the other hand, if you’re looking to increase definition, it’s generally recommended that you perform more reps with lower weights (along with adhering to a low-fat diet).
Pro tip: Speaking of which, the reality is that achieving your fitness goals can hinge more on your diet than your exercise regimen. So if you’re looking to maximize your results, whatever that might mean for you, make sure to find a nutrition plan that matches your goals.
What’s this mean for you? If you’re looking to bulk up, the limited resistance provided by rubberized bands might not be “effective,” whether you’re using the Click Clack system or another product.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to tone up and/or to own a convenient option for sweating it out when on-the-go, it seems like it might meet your needs. Just keep in mind that, without adding cardio, it probably won’t help you lose a meaningful amount of weight.
How Much Does the Click Clack Trainer Cost?
At the time of our research, the Click Clack Trainer had 24 days remaining in their Kickstarter campaign, with a little more than $2,400 pledged, based on a goal of $37,600.
Overall, there are six packages, ranging in price from $69.99 to $179.99. Delivery is expected sometime during February 2017.
Regardless of which pledge option you choose, there are only two different Click Clack Trainer systems. The Standard, which includes:
- 2 x Red Resistance Bands (8lbs)
- 2 x Foamed Handles
- 2 x Ankle Straps
- 1 x Door Anchor
- Online Training Guide
- Online Nutritional Guide
Other than the number of resistance bands, foamed handles, ankle straps, and door anchors, the only meaningful difference is that some higher-level pledges also include black resistance bands that provide 19lbs of resistance.
All Click Clack Trainer purchases come with a 30-day money back guarantee, less S&H charges.
How does this price compare to the competition? Is there even such a thing?
Does the Click Clack Trainer Have Any Competition? Are There Any Reviews?
If you search online for “resistance band mount,” you’ll find dozens of different options, although almost all of these are permanent hardware that's bolted to masonry or a wooden wall stud.
You will find some standalone products, but these are generally quite bulky and not anything you’d consider portable, either.
So, if you’re looking for something specifically like Click Clack Trainer, you won’t find it anywhere else.
Although it seems to be unique, perhaps the biggest speed bump related to Click Clack Trainer is that it hasn’t hit the market yet, so there aren’t any customer reviews at this point.
From a company perspective, Click Clack is manufactured by KEEGOL Fitness, although little information was available elsewhere online.
It also doesn’t appear that the company has partnered with any authority websites, or provided advance units for media review (a common marketing channel for crowdfunded projects), so there’s no feedback there, either.
Pro tip: One of the most common complaints we read from backers regarding crowdfunded projects is that they experience frequent delays (sometimes lasting years!) and that the final product doesn't meet expectations.
While we’re certainly not saying you’ll experience any of this with Click Clack Trainer, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re purchasing something that has yet to reach the market.
For more, be sure to read The Risks of Backing a Crowdfunding Campaign.
Who are Oliver Parker and Shelli Hill?
According to his bio on their Kickstarter campaign, Click Clack Trainer was developed and self-funded by Oliver Parker, a University of Salford (UK) graduate with a masters degree in Project Management.
While he doesn’t appear to have any formal training in fitness, he’s also listed as a “serial fitness concept creator, fitness coach, and self-taught nutritionist.”
Mr. Parker appears to have teamed with “motivated entertainment executive” Shelli Hill, who has 25 years of experience working in business development, merchandising, media, and branding.
Bottom Line: Are There Any Unanswered Questions About Click Clack Trainer?
Can You Use Click Clack Trainer In More Places?
Searching online quickly, you’ll find dozens of traditional resistance band sets for between $20 and $30, most of which feature multiple resistance levels to match your needs.
You’ll also find many options with foam padded handles and foot loops, allowing you to work most of your muscle groups.
What you won’t find with these lower priced options is Click Clack’s smooth-surface mount, which certainly opens up the possibilities as to where and when you can get your sweat on.
Is this a benefit? Sure.
But it’s important to note: It appears you can only attach Click Clack’s mount to perfectly smooth surfaces, like glass or the exterior of a car. It doesn’t appear, however, that it can be attached to any surface that’s not 1) strong and b) smooth, so you can’t stick it to your drywall—or even the cinderblock walls found in many gyms.
So, unless you like working out in your garage while attached to your car, or perhaps using your sealed concrete or wood floors, you’re pretty much stuck working out in front of a window. Only you know how comfortable you’ll be in this situation.
Are Resistance Bands Right For You?
If you’re looking to get the most out of a resistance band program, whether using traditional options or something like the Click Clack Trainer system, it’s imperative that you combine it with cardiovascular exercises (those that elevate heart rate) and a professional nutrition plan. Why?
Think about it this way: Even if the relatively light resistance provided by most exercise bands gives you shredded muscles, you won’t seem them if they’re covered by a layer of fat.
As a result, you’ll need to make sure you’re burning more calories than you’re consuming, which is accomplished through cardiovascular exercise and monitoring your caloric intake.
Fortunately, your Click Clack Trainer purchase includes unlimited access to free Training and Nutritional Guides, although no details are provided about their contents.
The good news is that resistance bands are generally low impact (there’s minimal stress on joints), although they’re not for everyone. So, if you have any physical limitations or medical concerns, be sure to speak with your doctor.
Is Click Clack a Standard Crowdfunded Product?
If you’ve watched many crowdfunded projects before, you know they’re sometimes little more than concepts when backers start throwing money at them. Obviously, the further back in production, the greater the possibility for delays and other unforeseen hiccups.
However, this doesn’t seem to be the case with Click Clack Trainer. According to their Kickstarter page, they already have a second-generation production model complete, which features a strengthened spring system and thicker suction pads.
Furthermore, the company notes:
“At this stage, all risks have already been mitigated. The Click Clack Trainer has a 'Patent Pending' status, and the name Click Clack Trainer has been trademarked.”
The Bottom Line About Click Clack Trainer
Only you can decide whether or not it’s worth the wait—and cost—for Click Clack Trainer, as well as any potential delays. But we’ve covered enough of the core details here to help you better understand which direction you’re headed.
If this is your first time using resistance bands for fitness, purchasing resistance bands locally that are much less expensive could help you make a more informed decision, before handing over your hard earned money.
While they probably won’t provide the same level of versatility, they can help you decide whether or not Click Clack’s suction-equipped mount is worth the higher price.
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