About Simply Fit Board

The Simply Fit Board is a plastic exercise device intended to strengthen core muscles and trim waist fat by using its balance-board design to enhance workouts.

Balance boards come in all shapes and sizes and have been around the workout world for some time now, but the Simply Fit has gained a lot of popularity since it made an appearance on Nov. 6, 2015, on the popular ABC entrepreneur show Shark Tank. There, founders Linda Clark and her daughter Gloria Hoffman were thrilled when shark and QVC personality Lori Greiner agreed to invest $125,000 for a 20% stake in the company.

We’re guessing you came to our page either because you saw Simply Fit on Shark Tank and wanted to learn more, or you’ve heard about the balance-board workout craze and came across the trending board as you did some research.

Either way, we’re glad you’re here. Over the next few minutes we’re going to answer the following questions:

  • What is the Simply Fit Board?
  • Do balance boards really offer any benefits?
  • What are people saying about the Simply Fit Board?

What is the Simply Fit Board?

The Simply Fit is crafted from a special plastic, a video on the website says, that allows you not only to rock back and forth like a traditional balance board, but also to twist from side to side. The board’s surface includes handles for hands and non-slip surfaces for feet.

It comes in five different colors with descriptive names like atomic orange and bright magenta. The boards cost $44.95.

In addition to highlighting the board, the Simply Fit website also pushes their series of 10-minute YouTube workout videos that offer tutorials on how to use the board, workouts designed for kids as well as a variety of workouts for adults.

The website claims their board helps weight loss, targets abdominal fat (a.k.a. muffin tops), tones legs, improves balance and offers several other benefits.

Do balance boards really offer any benefits?

As we mentioned earlier, balance boards (they’re also called “wobble boards”) have been around for a while. They literally come in all shapes and sizes. Some are discs with rounded bottoms, while others are shaped like skateboards with knobs underneath them.

Even though they’re all designed differently, balance boards, in general, try to do one thing: improve your balance.

But are they really effective in this end, or just gimmicky pieces of workout equipment? We wanted to know, so we did some research through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

In 2011, they published a piece on using balance training with older adults. It pointed out that our balance can be maintained and improved as we get older. We think this bodes well for balance boards (Simply Fit included) because they can be a “lifetime” type workout equipment rather than a passing fad.

Specifically, the ACSM said balance training can:

  • Rehabilitate injuries
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Condition the body
  • Improve stability and postural alignment
  • Help prevent falls

Another published piece from the ACSM, “Ankle Sprains and the Athlete”, points out that balance boards are “an excellent rehabilitation technique that helps strengthen and stabilize the ankle.” It even goes as far as to say that you can reduce the risk of re-injury by up to 50% using balance boards during rehab.

Even Mayo Clinic has pages devoted to balance exercises, which, they say, should be included in your daily routine and can improve your stability.

So what’s the takeaway here for the average person who’s interested in using these boards? They seem to be an excellent way to improve your balance, posture and rehab injuries. We run into a lot of junk science during our reviews, but, based on what we’ve read, we feel pretty positive about the benefits balance-board workouts can provide.

We think it’s important to point out something we noticed on the Simply Fit website, though. The site claims that their balance board fights “muffin top” and helps you burn fat.

Based on the research we’ve done, there’s not a lot of evidence to support that claim. It’s our opinion that the fat-burning benefits listed on the Simply Fit site are the result of the company’s workout videos and not the board itself.

But our opinion is just part of the bigger picture. What are your fellow consumers saying about the Simply Fit Board?

What’s the feedback so far about the Simply Fit?

The two main sources of feedback from consumers about the board were found on Simply Fit’s Facebook page, and on the item’s QVC page. The board received 160 reviews on its Facebook page, averaging 4.7 stars and gaining 146 5-star reviews.

Several of the most recent reviews mentioned Shark Tank, others talked about the company’s excellent customer service and many praised the product’s ease of use. The reviews, in general were glowing.

Simply Fit’s balance board has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars on QVC, where 13 of 19 reviewers gave the product the maximum 5-star rating.

Two customers mentioned Shark Tank, while two others said they stopped using it because they were scared they might fall over.

When we look at these reviews as a whole, we think there’s a good chance you’ll be pleased with your Simply Fit Board if you choose to buy it.

How does the Simply Fit Board stack up against other balance boards?

Let’s cut to the chase: while balance exercises are proven to help coordination and muscle strength, those same studies haven’t identified which balance boards work best.

For the average consumer, we think the two factors which matter most when selecting a balance board are weight limits and price.

The Simply Fit Board has a weight limit of 400 pounds and costs $44.95. We found a couple of similar boards on Amazon:

Based on these comparisons, we think the Simply Fit Board is a good value because it supports up to 400 lbs. and costs less than some of its competitors. If you weigh less than 300 lbs., the Isokinetics Deluxe could be a great fit for you.

Our conclusions about the Simply Fit Board

As we mentioned before, we deal with many products that provide a lot of hype and very few benefits. We don’t believe this is the case with Simply Fit’s balance board. It is the latest piece of equipment in a long line of balance tools that can help you with stability and certain rehab programs.

We also think the founders have done a good job of creating a balance board with style. Their bright colors are a breath of fresh air in a market where most boards are made from wood or dark plastic.

It’s important to remember, though, that a balance board by itself has limited benefits. We believe it’s best to buy the board understanding that you’ll need a series of balance-specific workout videos to get the full benefit of the board.

Simply Fit knows this, and we think they’ve done a great job of providing customers with 10 different workout videos that included the balance board.

Before we end our review, we’d like to point out that Mayo Clinic and ACSM said it’s important to start slow with your balance board. As you work up your strength and stability, branch out to more complex exercises.

All in all, we think the Simply Fit Board falls in line with most balance boards in terms of what they do. While the company hasn’t reinvented the wheel, it definitely has captured consumers’ attention with good-looking equipment and free workout videos.

If you’re looking for ways to improve your balance without a balance board, check out these seven difference balance exercises from Mayo Clinic. They’ll strengthen your body and improve your stability for free.

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54 Customer Reviews for Simply Fit Board

Average Customer Rating: 2.8
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 16 4 stars: 8 3 stars: 2 2 stars: 7 1 stars: 21
Bottom Line: 46% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    The Fit Board is awesome!

    It's the best way to work out in your home as you create balance for yourself.

    I'm addicted to the Fit Board; it works the upper and lower muscles of the body, gives you as much cardio as you can stand, fits almost anywhere, is carry-able, cute, works your arms, and makes you work up a sweat!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Broken board

    • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,
    • Feb 20, 2017

    This board works great, and I love it. I use it three times a week and have lost weight and improved my balance. But tonight, when I was on it, it split right down the middle. What good is it if it breaks? Is this so you have to keep buying more?

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Love it!

    Hello, I am Susan Johnson.

    My sister gave me a Simply Fit Board about two weeks ago, and I love it! I have not been this excited about exercising in a long time, and I can’t wait to do my workout. I am 56 years old, out of shape, overweight, with bad knees, bad back, and high blood pressure, so to say I was skeptical is an understatement, but I was game to try it. Watching the video and following the workout makes all the difference, and I have used it daily with no pain or problems of any kind.

    I started with the 10-minute workout and have built up easily to 30 minutes with no stress! Additionally, I live in very restricted living quarters (we call it the "sub") and that was the reason my sister thought it would be good for me, and she was right. Having a workout that I can do easily is awesome.

    Stay tuned, because my weight is going down for sure this time, and I am so motivated! Thanks to my sister for the thoughtful gift, and thank you Simply Fit for making the world a better place.

    P.S. Even my cat loves it (you ought to see that video).

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Not happy

    • Muskegon, MI,
    • Feb 10, 2017

    I ordered my board last December 30th, a lime green one. I received a notice that they were out of the green, but I could get a different color and not have to wait. I opted for an orange one.

    I received the board around the 15th of January, but ONLY the board. It was to have two DVD's and instructions with it. I called right away, and they said they were having problems with their system and they would get the DVD's and instructions out right away (although I had to call back the next day to complete the transaction because their system was down then). I called back, and they said they were still having problems, but as soon as possible, they would take care of the matter.

    It is now February 6th, and I still have nothing. I called in again and am told they will get this in the mail ASAP, but normal shipping takes 7-10 days. I am thoroughly upset with them and wish I could talk to Laurie (from Shark Tank), to let her know how poorly it is run!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Great exercise and heart health

    I belong to gyms as a SilverSneaker. Unfortunately, the gyms are 6-12 miles from my home. Unless I'm in the area, I didn't get to workout. I had open heart surgery in January of 2014 and need to do cardio for heart health.

    I haven't done much until I got the Simply Fit Board in January of 2017. I can now do cardio whenever I feel, for as long as I feel, anywhere and anytime. I have a set of weights and exercise in between my work at home. I can choose when to do my cardio throughout the day. I am a beginner, so I can slowly increase my workout regimen.

    Thank you Simply Fit inventors, and Lori from Shark Tank, for bringing this great exercise product to us all. I love it and highly recommend it. And it is a great value. Good luck to Simply Fit.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 13 people found this review helpful

    It moves all over the place.

    No, I do not recommend the Simply Fit Board.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Love it

    • Florida,
    • Feb 2, 2017

    I love my Simple Fit Board. You don't feel like you are working out. It's fun, and it makes your body feel good.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 13 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Use caution

    I received my Simply Fit Board for Christmas.

    It is a low impact workout, and my first impression was favorable. It was fun and easy to use, and it doesn't require much space. However, after about a week of use, I developed excruciating back and hip pain. If you have issues with your lower back or hips, this might not be the workout for you.

    And while it is a fun, low-impact exercise, I think you would have to add some significant other exercises to get the results you are really looking for.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Speedy shipping, simple device

    I was very pleased about how fast the board shipped. I ordered it on a Monday evening, and it was delivered by 4 pm on Thursday.

    It's a simple device, I'm a little skeptical about its durability, but I've only had it for a week, so time will tell. I didn't order the mat but used a foam mat that I already had. It seems to work just fine. I wouldn't recommend using it on a carpet that you really like. It will mat the fibers down. A low pile commercial carpet could work well.

    It's a simple motion, and rather easy to balance. I can walk and chew gum, but a balance beam would be a challenge for me, so it requires co-ordination somewhere between those two activities. If you feel unstable, keep a chair handy in front of you just in case you need to stabilize yourself.

    I like how you naturally seem to tuck in your pelvis when you twist, protecting your lower back. I used it for five minutes and then was working my way up, and wow, I was winded but exhilarated. I felt it most in my abs and thighs. You can do a bit of a squat to engage your glutes.

    The DVD is loose in the box so make sure you look for it and don't accidentally throw it out.

    All in all, it's compact, easy to do while watching TV and I can see the potential to step up your workout routine as your fitness level increases.

    I think this exercise device is fun and can work to build muscle and cardio, providing that you use it regularly. The bonus of this board is that it's convenient to use anywhere and stores behind a chair, or in your suitcase on a business trip. It's very easy to bring out and use during the time you'd normally just be sitting around.

    I can't comment on their customer service and if there are issues because I haven't had any so far, but for a speedy delivery and good communication during the ordering process, they get an A+. For the item being exactly as describe, they get an A+. And for the ease of use, they get A+. As far as durability, I can't comment on that yet.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Pretty nice

    • Florida,
    • Jan 30, 2017

    I ordered mine for Christmas from the Simply Fit Board website, and it came on time, with no problems.

    I love twisting away while I watch TV. The DVD is way too easy for me. I am not in shape by any means, but I feel like it is over before I am even out of breath. The ab workout on the DVD is the only one worth doing.

    Overall, I like it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 18 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Great motivative board

    • Loveland, CO,
    • Jan 27, 2017

    What I really like about it is that it's a simple ten-minute workout! And with that ten minutes, it gives me the motivation to do more. And gives me the sense of accomplishment when I finish the ten minutes. I love it. It's a great beginner workout.

    Oh and I also have bad knees and it's not any problem because all the twist is in the waist. I highly recommend it. Plus it's great for balance.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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