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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71 Customer Reviews for Simply Fit Board

Average Customer Rating: 3.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 24 4 star: 11 3 star: 3 2 star: 7 1 star:  26
Bottom Line: 52% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Cracked board

    • Daingerfield, TX,
    • May 29, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I've had my Simply Fit Board for several months but never used it faithfully until the last three weeks. I weigh 220 pounds and am down 10 pounds. I am using the board for 30 to 45 minutes a day. However, the board is cracking across the middle. If it is rated for 400 lbs and I weigh 220, so why is it cracking?

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

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  • 12 out 21 people found this review helpful

    Injury

    So I bought this board thinking I could improve my core strength. Instead, I'm now almost immobile. I have injured my SI Joint and now am in awful pain daily. I saw a chiropractor who said that was a bad idea for exercise. I will be seeing another doctor tomorrow for an MRI. This board has ruined my life.

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

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  • 15 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Simply Fit Board is great

    • Cape Girardeau, MO,
    • May 14, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am overweight, have severe degenerative disk disease, no cartilage at all left in my knees, and a ton of other health issues including PTSD. With my PTSD, it makes it hard for me to leave my house to exercise and with my other health issues traditional exercise is not going to cut it with me.

    My board (I got the magenta one) has increased my balance by a considerable amount. I don't fall near as much as I used to, I am getting cardio by doing it very quickly and working up a sweat, I have lost some weight and toned, and the best part is, it is so much fun. I'm not going to lie, my calve muscles still ache afterward, since maintaining perfect balance uses more muscles than you think and you quickly know if you're not doing it right with this board because it will walk across the floor with you.

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    It gets me going

    I am 66, retired, have lower back issues that limit walking and sit too much. My legs are weakening, and balance is getting worse. Then, ta da!

    I got this board. I get up, hop on, and get going. I put a rug under it to protect my wooden floor and a chair or counter top in front to grab just in case I wobble. I started slowly. I watched the video online to see how it's done.

    I love to hop on every hour for a few minutes when sitting around. Life is good.

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Truly works, enjoyable!

    I am 26 years old and have many different health issues that many wouldn't believe. That being said, I hurt all the time, and I finally started the Simply Fit Board and it feels like its working during and after! I feel everything burning, and with the weights I add with it, even better!

    I would definitely recommend it for when you're just stuck inside sometimes and still want to have your full body workout. I plan to keep doing it even along with other workouts!

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

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  • 18 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Best workout equipment I have ever bought

    • Louisville, Kentucky,
    • May 6, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    After one month of working out, I lost ten pounds, 2.5 inches off of my waistline, 5 inches off of my hips, and have toned up my back, arm, butt, and leg muscles. I have more balance and energy. I love working out and watching the girls and Kelly for motivation. My daughter-in-law lost over 30 pounds and 22 inches. She told me about the Fit Board.

    My advice is to listen to Gloria about taking it slow and at your own pace until you get your balance. It works. I do all six intervals, six times a week. I love, love, love the challenge and the results. Watch your diet. It doesn't make sense to workout and eat junk. Thank you Gloria Hoffman and your mom Linda. God bless you for creating something so easy but effective.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Works for me!

    • Bowling Green, KY,
    • Apr 28, 2017
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    I purchased the Simply Fit Board in February of 2017 and it works my core as well as my arms, hips, and legs. I truly get a full body workout. I know that some type of exercise at 55+ is better than nothing at all. I like it, and the benefits that I am getting, and will continue using my lime green Simply Fit Board.

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

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  • 11 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Not at all easy as you see on commercial

    • Queens, NY,
    • Apr 18, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought this Fit Board because I kept seeing the commercials and I thought to myself, this product looks easy to use and I can burn calories simply by watching TV and twisting. Boy, was I was surprised at how hard that it was. I also purchased the mat along with it because I have hardwood floors.

    It was really difficult to balance on this board and move side to side without feeling or actually falling off. I also had other members of my family try out the board who are more fit and agile. They fell off the board too. I packaged this product up so quick and returned to store for a refund.

    Do not purchase this. It is not as easy as they make it seems.

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

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Excellent for body control

    • New Haven County, CT,
    • Apr 14, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    At first, when I started using this twist, and she poured, I had no clue as to where to place my feet. I kept slipping off the board or traveling unintentionally in it. Then I watched the videos on how to place the feet over the grab handles, how to rock back-and-forth on the board, and then actually do some controlled workouts. I was amazed and impressed with the versatility that the board has, and the firmness I am experiencing in my body after just a few days of workouts totaling only 10 or 15 minutes each!

    My mother bought the board but she gave up after a few tries, and then she gave it to me. I explored further, and I am so glad she gave me this piece of exercise equipment. It's also so convenient and easy to store.

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

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  • 5 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Destroyed my new floor

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Apr 14, 2017
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    While using the Simply Fit Board, the friction of using it caused a peeling hole in my linoleum floor.

    If you use this, place carpet or a mat down under it. It destroyed my new flooring!

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

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  • 12 out 13 people found this review helpful

    My Simply Fit Board

    • Missouri,
    • Apr 11, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I absolutely love my Simply Fit Board. I have been using it for two weeks now, and it contributed greatly to my weight loss by simply making me feel better and more active, period. It was a little tricky at first, but I have it down now. And balancing should be a part of anyone's exercise routine.

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

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