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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37 Customer Reviews for Simply Fit Board

Average Customer Rating: 2.5
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 9 4 stars: 4 3 stars: 2 2 stars: 4 1 stars: 18
Bottom Line: 38% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Love it.

    • Florence, MS,
    • Jan 20, 2017

    It took a little time to get the hang of balancing. My calves felt it more than anything because of the shape of the board, but bending my knees helped with easing the discomfort of my calves. I've used it with the first workout provided on the DVD. That workout was 10 minutes. I don't know yet if the rest of the workouts will be the same length. I watched TV while doing the basic twist exercise.

    I bought it at WalMart. If I had bought it online, I would have gotten the mat that goes with it. If you don't get your balance right, you will "travel" across the room. Overall, I like the product and its ease of use.

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

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  • Be careful

    The first time I used the Simply Fit Board, it flew across the floor one way, and I flew the other way. I broke both wrists. Nowhere on the pamphlet does it say to use it on a mat or carpet. Maybe that is just common sense (as my husband pointed out to me) but not everyone is so blessed. So if you do purchase this product, please be careful and don't use it while you're home alone.

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

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  • Best exerciser ever

    • Belmont, MA,
    • Jan 18, 2017

    I received this as a present and to improve my balance.

    First, I was scared to get on that thing, because I'm a senior and my balance was not there to start out. So I got myself a metal rod to fit between doors, something I could hold on to and not fear to fall. I now find the board more effective than most other training machines. I do several rounds of 100 a day, and feel my strength and balance has already improved.

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

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  • Good Board, horrible customer service site

    We have a board not purchased from the Simply Fit company. I wanted to order another and had the misfortune of dialing the number listed on their website.

    It is the most useless site I have seen in years. After minutes of fighting the automated system, we finally got a human for several seconds, then the phone disconnects. When compared to Amazon and many others, it is amateurish at best. All we want to know is whether it is in stock. Don't they tell you in the online order system? Even Bed Bath & Beyond says they are out of stock. Would this be so difficult? I will buy from ANYONE but Simply Fit. It is an annoying, frustrating experience and one I would not suggest.

    Amazon and Bed Bath & Beyond will also ship for free, but not Simply Fit.

    Despite the shipping, I would buy it if their online AND phone system went through major and much-needed improvements. I nearly made the mistake of ordering it before Christmas, and only near the end of the call was I able to determine they were out of stock in the color I had intended to buy. I ordered from Bed Bath & Beyond.

    An improved customer experience, including a little training for phone personnel, is definitely in order. It's like the online and phone business is new to them?

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

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Love it

    • Charlotte, NC,
    • Jan 14, 2017

    At 51 years of age, I have worked out most of my adult life and always looking for something new to shake things up. I love this board, you will get a good workout in, in a short period of time. I recommend it highly!

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

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  • 3 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Order

    • Gillette, WY,
    • Jan 13, 2017

    I wish I could share a review as to how the Simply Fit Board works. Unfortunately, I have not received mine yet. I ordered this product on 12/09/2016, and as of this date (12/28/2016) I have not received it. It is a good thing that it wasn't a Christmas present. I really didn't think that it would take this long. Tomorrow will be 20 days, Wow.

    I really can't wait to get it. If I could cancel this order, I would. I can now buy it in the stores and could be using it already.

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

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    So fun, we love it! LOL

    I will never make fun of those doing the commercial again. I LOVE it, and will like it even MORE when I master this contraption! But, we have had so much joking fun with it, and we've each only used it twice so far. I think I will do much better on it when I can stop laughing. Here is my story.

    This is a bit upsetting (but really, it's FUNNY). While trying my Simply Fit Board (that I received as a Christmas gift from my husband Mike), he hears this crackling coming from the board. From the TV room he says, "What's that crackling? It doesn't do that when I use it!" Hmmmmm. I told him, "It's because I'm on the edge of the rug." I look down, and I'm not on the rug at all, because by that time I had traveled off the rug, and the thing was still crackling. I then told him, "It must be because I have heavy muscles and bones (because I am under 200 pounds), and this thing is supposed to hold people up to and including 400 pounds." To which he just sits in his chair and laughs!

    Then he hears a WHOOP and quickly asks what happened. I didn't want to answer him, but told him anyway, "I just did a complete 360 turn." He gets up and thinks I'm going to let him get his camera to make a video of me on this contraption, LOL. Guess AGAIN, honey, no way, SORRY!

    Does it benefit the body? Yes, it does! I feel it, and I'm not even doing it the right way. Well, I AM, but I need a little bit more practice on it before it will turn into a breeze exercise routine, LOL.

    Would I recommend it to a friend? Already HAVE! :)

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

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  • 2 out 7 people found this review helpful

    The place where it was made

    • Minot, North Dakota ,
    • Jan 11, 2017

    Love it, but they could've had it made in the USA. Disappointed in that part. Support your country!

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

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  • 5 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Not what I expected

    Did not feel it working as promised. The board walks when you're using it. I am returning it because it is not worth the price.

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

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  • 4 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Bad on your knees

    • Tyler, TX,
    • Jan 10, 2017

    Looks like fun and they tell you it is easy on the joints, but I used it one time and my knees hurt for days. I returned it after Christmas and I do not recommend this if you are over the age of 15.

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

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  • 8 out 14 people found this review helpful

    I feel misled

    • Portland, OR,
    • Jan 9, 2017

    I feel misled, and this board does very little to tone your abs and really hurts your legs, leaving you with the feeling that you ran five miles.

    In my opinion, the advertisers of this product mislead you by saying it is great for burning calories and losing weight when in reality, all this board is good for is improving your balance. What the heck!

    I have used this board for about one hour, 15 minutes each day, and my legs hurt so bad that I might just find a different workout. I am VERY upset that I even bought this board! I would have to twist my brains out just to loose a few lousy pounds.

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

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