About Chair Shaper
Chair Shaper uses resistance bands that attach underneath any chair to help you get in shape and feel great—in just eight minutes a day, three days a week. Best of all, you’ll be able to improve your full-body strength and flexibility from a seated position, which takes the pressure off your back and joints.
In fact, the company claims that if you can sit, Chair Shaper can help you get fit! Once you’re finished with the 2-minute upper back, lower back, and leg workouts, along with 2-minute hip lifts, Chair Shaper’s compact and portable design stores just about anywhere.
Basically, the whole process works over three steps:
- Set Chair Shaper’s 2 bases under your chair’s legs.
- Clip the power bands onto each base.
- Start exercising!
Whether you’re looking to save hundreds a year on gym memberships, or to test out the fitness waters for the first time, is Chair Shaper a good option for you? Will it really work as advertised? Are there better choices? We’ll explore all of these important questions here.
To begin, we’ll take a look at Chair Shaper’s resistance bands.
What Kind Of Resistance Will Chair Shaper’s Power Bands Provide?
Chair Shaper’s manufacturer might call them “power bands,” but they’re nothing more than resistance bands. On one end there’s a v-shaped handle with a foam grip, and on the other, there’s a steel clip that attaches to Chair Shaper’s base plates (we’ll talk more about these next). In between is some type of elastic material that, when stretched, provides resistance and works your muscles.
The catch here is that other resistance bands might provide more value than Chair Shaper’s. Why? A couple reasons:
- Resistance Level: Although we’re told that Chair Shaper comes with heavy bands, specifically, what resistance level do they and the regular bands provide? How many pounds of resistance are they supposed to mimic?
- Adaptability. Because of the hook at one end, Chair Shaper’s resistance bands will only work with the product itself, or with some other sturdy clip around your home. On the other hand, bands you’ll find at just about any sporting goods store will often feature a second v-shaped handle or small loop (for your hand or foot) at the other end, providing more usability options.
Chair Shaper’s Base Design
We also have some questions about the design of Chair Shaper’s base.
First, we don’t think it will fit underneath “any chair.” In fact, based on the picture below, it looks like if your chair’s leg is more than about 3” in diameter, it might not fit.
Speaking of the picture below, this brings us to the second point: As you can see, Chair Shaper’s resistance bands attach to clip points on either side of each leg. This way, they act like anchors when you pull on the handle during exercise.
If you’re pulling straight up on the resistance bands, this probably won’t be much of an issue. Especially considering that you’ll also have your heels on Chair Shaper’s platform for extra stability. But if you’re pulling at more of an angle, it’s easy to imagine this causing each base to spin sideways—especially if you already suffer from foot pain or mobility issues and can’t put enough pressure on the platform.
Pro tip: Want to help reduce the possibility of this occurring? Although Chair Shaper was shown on several hard surfaces in the commercial, it might work best on carpet; the thicker the pile, the better.
Based on how each Chair Shaper’s base attaches, it might not 1) fit all chair legs, or 2) work well if you have foot pain or leg weakness.
Let’s put all of these concerns aside for second. Can working out while sitting and using resistance bands provide any fitness benefits?
Keep Your Expectations Realistic With Chair Shaper
When we review ASOTV products here at HighYa, we often mention how important it is to keep your expectations realistic, as they don’t generally come with reputations for high quality. And we think it’s even more important when it comes to fitness products. Why?
Because—like any other aspect of biology—what works fantastically for you might not work at all for someone else. Even the term “works” itself is subjective. Is your goal to lose 50 pounds? Are you recovering from an injury? Do you want to tone up and increase flexibility? All of these will encompass very different training programs, and their ultimate goals will be miles apart.
In general though, resistance training is considered useful in a wide variety of scenarios, including those mentioned above. This is even the case if you have flexibility concerns or mobility issues. What kind of quality you’ll get with Chair Shaper, and how much use you’ll get out of them, remains to be seen.
Also, keep in mind that using only resistance bands while in a seated position, you’re not exactly going to get a rigorous workout in just 8 minutes. Based on your goals though, this might be just what you need.
How Much Does Chair Shaper Cost?
Chair Shaper is priced at $19.99 plus $7.99 S&H. For this, you’ll receive:
- 2 seat stands
- 2 power bands
- 2 steel clips
- Free bonus heavy bands and Workout Routine DVD
All Chair Shapers come with a 30-day money back guarantee, less S&H. In order to request one, you’ll need to call Telebrands’ customer service at 855-789-4109.
How Much Value Will Chair Shaper Provide?
Considering you’ll pay almost $30 for the Chair Shaper system, we think it’s important that you explore local options before placing your order. Resistance bands (even whole systems) like Chair Shaper can likely be found at just about any retailer with a sporting goods section—and there doesn’t seem to be anything unique about Chair Shaper that might make it worth the extra cash.
Best of all, after just a few minutes searching online, you’ll find that there are dozens of websites showing you how to use normal resistance bands while seated for low impact fitness. This way, you might end up paying a lot less than Chair Shaper, while getting your hands on resistance bands you can use in a wider variety of scenarios.