OYO Personal Gym Review
OYO Personal Gym is a fitness device that provides a variety of workouts intended to give you a full-body weight-training regimen without all the bulky equipment.
The core technology behind the device is something called SpiraFlex, which, according to OYO, is a technology that U.S. astronauts used for exercise while at the International Space Station.
OYO claims that you can “transform your body in just minutes a day,” and they provide a few testimonials from past users about how helpful the device was in helping them lose weight and gain muscle strength.
In our review of this workout device, we’ll talk about how it works and what resources you have for a weight-training routine, discuss the claim about SpiraFlex and NASA, then cover the OYO’s pricing and return policy.
At the end of our review, we’ll give you an overview of our thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of this workout device.
How the OYO Personal GYM Works
OYO is meant to be a resistance-training device that you use on your own, hence the acronym, “OYO”.
The OYO weighs two pounds and is able to provide three resistance levels of up to 25 lbs. The device has two attachments you can use to adjust the resistance to your ability level for a variety of different types of workouts that strengthen your legs, arms and core.
The key to the resistance OYO provides is something called SpiraFlex technology, which we’ll discuss in a few minutes.
According to the website, you can do 197 different exercises with the device. Coming up with all those different exercises would be virtually impossible on your own, so the company provides a workout app available to iPhone users and you can access full workout videos via Vimeo and a smaller collection of workout videos on YouTube.
You’ll also get a wall chart with 75 different exercises you can perform with the OYO.
Some of the Vimeo routines available at the time of publishing were:
- Pilates Core
- Pilates Back
- Chest Back
- Core Strong
- Chest Shoulders
The videos feature one person in a workout studio performing resistance exercises with the OYO device. Each video begins with a quick explanation of the name of the exercise and which body parts it works, then gives directions on how to do the exercise.
All the while, the person is performing the exercise so you can have a visual of what it looks like. Once the instructions and explanation are done, the narrator chirps out encouraging phrases – “You got this!” – as the person in the video continues to work out.
In the case of the video we watched, it was more than six minutes long and it included a series of variations of the original exercise.
SpiraFlex Technology, NASA and the Benefits of Resistance Training
As we mentioned earlier, OYO uses SpiraFlex technology that was, they say, used by American astronauts in the International Space Station.
We researched this claim and found an article about SpiraFlex in NASA’s Spinoff magazine. The article confirms that they used SpiraFlex technology during workouts.
“One of the primary reasons NASA selected SpiraFlex is that it duplicates the benefits of free-weights in a lightweight, portable, and safe system,” the article reads.”
It’s important to remember, though, that the astronauts weren’t using the OYO Personal Gym. Rather, they were using workout devices (“resistance exercise device”) that implemented the same resistance technology found in the OYO.
The article points out that astronauts lose bone mass during spaceflights because of the gravity levels in space. Resistance training can counteract that negative effect.
This type of training has a variety of benefits on Earth, too. WebMD points out that resistance and weight training can help with a variety of issues.
“For a balanced fitness program, strength training is essential. It can slow the muscle loss that comes with age, build the strength of your muscles and connective tissues, increase bone density, cut your risk of injury, and help ease arthritis pain,” the site notes.
Pricing and Return Policy for the OYO Personal Gym
At the time of publishing, the Oyo Personal Gym was $149.95 and included free shipping. You have the ability to make a one-time payment or split your bill into four equal payments of $44.99. We suggest making the one-time payment, as the four-payment schedule will end up costing you $179.96.
Interestingly, the site says the OYO has a 30-day, money-back guarantee but the order page we read through indicated that you could only make a return if the product was unused.
We then went to the device’s FAQ page to check out the fine print and found no mention of the unused requirement. According to this page, you can return your device within 30 days of delivery.
You’ll need to fill out an online form or call OYO at 888-696-6503 to get a return authorization number that you’ll need to write on the outside of the box when you ship it back to the company. Also, you’ll need to fill out a 30-day guarantee verification form.
In addition to the 30-day guarantee, the OYO Personal Gym comes with a three-year warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship. In the event that there is a defect, contact OYO and let them know your situation.
If they approve your claim, you need to fill out a warranty service request form. The fine print says the company will repair or replace the product. Situations in which your warranty isn’t valid are as follows, OYO notes:
- Damage caused by accidents
- Repairs by an unauthorized repair person.
- Damage from vandalism
- Damage from misuse, abuse and/or alteration
The Final Word: Our Thoughts About the OYO Personal Gym
We believe that this product could be the right fit for someone who wants a simple workout device they can pair with a series of different workout routines.
The OYO isn’t a complicated device to use. The company’s series of video workouts help you understand how to use the OYO for more than 190 workouts that can meet your daily requirements for resistance training.
We also like how the device has three different resistances levels you can adjust by adding or taking away resistance extensions.
We’d say the main drawback of this product is the price. At $149.95, it costs the same as 10 months of a basic membership at Planet Fitness.
Our opinion is that the OYO Personal Gym is a great fit for someone who already participates in a consistent strength/resistance training plan and wants a device they can travel with and use in an airport or at a hotel that doesn’t have suitable weightlifting options.
If you don’t already work out, it may benefit you to start a home workout in which you do exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups, as well as other body-weight exercises. If these become part of your daily routine, you’ve got a habit started and you can transition to the OYO amid your momentum.