Simply Fit Board Review: A Detailed Look

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Jul 10, 2020

Medically Reviewed by Rocklend Davis, Ph. D

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Simply Fit Board is a twist board that uses the power of balance and strength training that allegedly helps you reach your fitness goals.

The device targets your abs, legs, and upper body while simultaneously helping you improve your balance and coordination.

It’s possible to use the board with your standing desk or to follow special exercise videos (sold by the company and offered free on YouTube) to get in a home workout.

In this review, we take a detailed look at the Simply Fit Board to help you understand its effectiveness and if it is right for you.

Pros
  • A surprisingly versatile way to work out
  • Low cost, space-saving home fitness tool
  • Lots of online resources for following classes
  • Safe and effective workout tool for those who have joint issues
Cons
  • Boards crack easily, even when users follow the weight limits
  • Workout videos may seem dated
  • It takes some time to master

Is the Simply Fit Board Effective for Getting in Shape?

The Simply Fit Board claims to offer a low-impact, highly effective workout for your abs, legs, and core. Can it help you tone up and lose body fat?

Rocklend Davis, Ph. D., a medical researcher at HighYa, shares that research verifies that low-impact exercises can lead to significant improvements in body composition and fitness level.

For example, a randomized control study of 32 women compared the effects of high-impact and low-impact exercise and found that both successfully improved body composition and overall physical fitness within 24 weeks. However, high-impact training led to more significant weight loss results.

Another study found that low-impact exercise can lead to faster fat burning, but only when participants exercised for 60 minutes per session. That’s a lot of time on a balance board.

There’s also evidence that balance-based exercises have health benefits, especially for those dealing with injuries. One study of 34 participants with a history of ankle sprains who used a balance board for a month found that it improved their static and dynamic balance.

Overall, the Simply Fit Board’s style of low-impact exercise can have significant, beneficial impacts for your overall fitness, but it shouldn’t be your only form of exercise.

“The Simply Fit Board programming should not be done in place of resistance training and/or aerobic exercise,” shares Rocklend.

“A training regimen that utilizes instability, such as the Simply Fit Board, could be used as supplementary to performing traditional balance and resistance training… [Furthermore], you are unlikely to experience the benefits of ‘trimming’ without nutritional support.”

How to Use It

The Simply Fit Board is made of plastic and has a 400-pound weight limit. Users can stand on the board and rock or twist to work their muscles or as a way to balance while lifting hand weights.

It’s also possible to place your hands on the board and use it as a platform for planks and other shoulder exercises.

The company strongly recommends that you use the board on carpet to prevent it from moving across the floor and potentially damaging hardwood. Though it sells a workout mat for the board, any small, tightly woven rub with rubber backing should work to protect hard surfaces.

To use the board, step on the edges and gently swing your torso so that your leg on the board swing side to side. It’s common that you’ll move all across the floor the first few times you try to use it. This is because you’re slightly off-balance and likely leaning more towards one side than the other.

If you’re struggling to maintain your balance on the board, try holding onto a chair or table when you first get on it. You can loosen your grip as you rock your ankles back and forth to see whether your balance has improved, and eventually begin the workout.

Make sure you twist with your waist rather than your knees, as your knee joints shouldn’t move. One way to master this movement is to hold a hand weight in each hand straight down at your sides and swing your arms in semi-circular motions while slightly bending your knees so that the board begins to twist.

After you’ve used the board for a week or two, the company claims, you’ll get a better sense of the proper motion and should be able to keep the board in one place.

Once you have the fundamental technique down, you can build on the basics by following workout videos offered by the company or on YouTube. Most require a few additional pieces of equipment like kettlebells or hand weights.

Risks and Safety

As with all forms of exercise, there are some inherent risks associated with the Simply Fit Board, especially if you struggle with balance.

Rocklend suggests that beginners only use the board when supervised to minimize their risk of falling.

Those at a higher risk of falling or who have bone density issues such as osteoporosis should be extra cautious and get their doctor’s permission before getting on the Board.

It’s also smart to practice in front of a mirror so that you can activate a balance mechanism known as proprioception. Proprioception is your body’s ability to detect where it is in space. Proprioceptors are located in muscles, joints, and tendons.

The best way to maximize safety with the Board is to structure your routine so that you use the Board only every other day. This gives your muscles the optimal time for recovery so that you maximize your results while minimizing any risk of injury.

Pricing and Return Policy

You can purchase a Simply Fit Board and accessory package off the company website for $19.99, plus $6.99 for shipping.

This includes a board in the color of your choice, a user guide, workout mat, and Core & Buns workout DVD.

Additional accessories include:

  • Core and Buns Workout DVD: $9.99
  • Workout Mat: $19.99
  • 21 Day Challenge Workout DVD: $9.99
  • Low Impact Workout DVD: $9.99

All purchases qualify for a 60-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t love the board, you can request a full refund, including return shipping costs.

Simply Fit Board

Buy Simply Fit Board from Amazon:

Simply Fit Board costs $19.88 on Amazon, and is available in four colors. Shipping is free (on orders over $25.00). It is rated 4-stars based on 3,100+ customer reviews.

$19.88 from Amazon

Analysis of Customer Reviews

Over 100 customers submitted reviews of the Simply Fit Board on our website, for a combined average rating of 3.0-stars. There are also more than 3,000 reviews on Amazon, averaging four stars. Here are key takeaways from these reviews:

Compliments:

  • A useful tool in rehabilitation settings
  • Pairs well with standing desks
  • Many people used it long term and experienced weight loss
  • Great low-impact workout option

Complaints:

  • Boards cracked in half after minimal use and while following recommended weight limits
  • Workout videos for the board are boring, dated
  • Color of the board may rub off onto flooring
  • Difficult for larger people to balance on

Simply Bit Board vs. BOSU Trainer

Space-saving fitness tools for improving your balance aren’t rare. Besides the Simply Fit Board, another popular option is the BOSU Trainer (sold for about $150).

While the Simply Fit Board is set up like a saucer that rocks back and forth, the BOSU (both sides utilized) Balance Trainer looks like half an exercise ball mounted to a sturdy plastic platform. Users are meant to balance on the inflated ball, use it as a base for core exercises, and as a platform for plank and shoulder workouts.

Besides the obvious appearance differences, both tools have different aims. The rocking motion of the Simply Fit Board targets your core muscles, while the BOSU Trainer offers all-over balance benefits.

However, the two tools have lots of similarities. Both are low impact ways to improve your fitness, each offers a lot of versatility in how you use it, and both work well with a standing desk.

Likewise, each training tool shares the same primary negative criticism—it breaks easily. Simply Fit Boards tend to crack, and BOSU Trainers can deflate or even pop with heavy use, though this seems much less common than with the Board.

The Simply Fit Board costs much less than the BOSU Trainer, which may make it more appealing for people who are interested in starting a home exercise routine but aren’t sure how committed they will be. Just keep in mind that you may need to rebuy it several times.

The Bottom Line

For many customers, the Simply Fit Board offers a fun way to switch up the home workout routine and tighten their core muscles. This relatively low-cost training tool is easy to store when not in use, and so long as you have carpet or a workout mat, it can be used anywhere.

However, like many niche workout tools, the appeal of this board might wear off after a few weeks of use. Many users complained that the company’s workout videos were dated and boring, and few seemed to be using it daily after several months.

And, while this device might improve your balance and core strength, you aren’t likely to lose much weight unless you commit to using it for an hour or more a day.

Another concern is the board’s durability. Many users had it crack in half after a few months of normal use and were frustrated that they had to buy another board at full price to replace it.

Though the company website states that the board is safe for those under 400 pounds, user experience seems to show otherwise.

If you’re interested in this fitness fad, there’s not much to lose from trying it out. Lots of users share it helped them tone up and lose weight, and it may work for you too. Just keep in mind that with all fitness tools, the only way you’ll notice any benefits is if you actually use it.


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  • 103 Customer Reviews
  • 52% Recommend This Product
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5 star: 34% 4 star: 11% 3 star: 6% 2 star: 10% 1 star: 35%

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  • Fun and sweaty!

    • By Jamie ,
    • Sep 3, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I just got mine. I was really excited to try something quiet because I have a gazelle machine that is very squeaky and everyone complains when the TV is on if I'm trying to use it. I jumped on it in my bare feet and started twisting. I absolutely love it!

    It's a lot of fun and you don't even notice that you're working out. I was sweaty just from the basic twist without weights after about five minutes. Yes, the board walks around a little bit depending on how your body is leaning while you're twisting. I would assume it works when you are not engaging and focusing on your core. When I'm paying attention, it doesn't scoot around the floor. So my guess is that as my cord get stronger I will stand up straighter and not lean into it and that won't be an issue. But for right now I am very happy with the product. I plan to use it every day so that I can probably jump into my bikini and feel really good about it! I think that is an attainable goal for a 40-year-old with this product. I think I will probably purchase more of these for holiday gifts.

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


  • It's working for me.

    • By Ralph,
    • North Carolina,
    • Sep 5, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I am 60 years old and well over 300 lb. It took some practice to learn to balance on the board, and even more practice to use it for any length of time. I use it for 30-60 minutes per day while watching TV. My personal preference is to use it barefoot. If I get tired or lose my balance, I just get off of it for a while and try again later. The board is not my only form of exercise, but I really enjoy it.

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


  • I Love It!

    Overall Experience:

    I got my Simply Fit Board approximately two weeks ago. I try to use it daily and have already seen results, I have already dropped 5 lbs!

    I work in the school system and often don't have time for exercise but this makes it so easy. I told several of my co-workers about it and took it to work with me today and let everyone try it and they loved it. I have had several co-workers text me for the order info and they are all ordering it. We are even considering after work group workouts in the school cafeteria.

    This board makes workouts fun and easy! Thank you!

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


  • Once you learn to use it correctly, you will LOVE IT

    • By Kristine,
    • Ohio,
    • Nov 12, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I purchased the Simply Fit Board a few weeks ago. I absolutely love it. I read some previous complaints, and the major one was that the board tends to "walk" as you use it. This goes away after a few workouts, I promise! I was frustrated at first, just like other new users. Now, I stay in the same place and don't even think about it. It is all about your body adjusting to the balance. Don't give up or get frustrated. This is a great product, it is easy to store, absolutely silent, and gives a full body workout. I do not normally enjoy strength training. The strength exercises they have come up with are enjoyable and actually produce results. The rocking plank is genius. Thank you so much for this product.

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


  • Great Product - Try It, You'll Love it.

    Overall Experience:

    I'm 69 years old and my doctor wanted me to do something to build my core. Four years ago, I had gastric bypass surgery and even though I lost a lot of weight, my core became weak. I hate to exercise and had tried many things. I even hated yoga. I saw the show with Lori and the Workout Board and decided to try it. I LOVE IT. I use it every day, my core is building, and my balance is becoming better all the time. I'm walking straighter and have so much more energy. We've only been using it for a month and love it. I add time to my workout every day without even realizing it. My husband uses it also and we are both enjoying the heck out of it. It doesn't feel like exercising and works. Thanks, Lori. This was a great move on your part. Merry Christmas to all of you on Shark Tank. Keep up the good work. And, thanks again for the Workout Board.

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


  • Simply Fit Board review

    • By Deborah,
    • Massachusetts,
    • Jan 3, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I'm so glad I did not order mine based on the reviews. Thankfully, I bought mine at WalMart.

    This is my 3rd day using the board, with Rosalee Brown's YouTube videos and fantastic toning results. I did sweat a lot on the 20-30 minute videos, and I can do my free weights while twisting or rocking on the board. I had been spending too much time watching TV or being on my computer on a daily basis and was unable to pull away for any meaningful exercise routine. I also have back, ankle, foot, and other limitations where I always hurt myself, and have a hard time starting up again, but this has helped with my balance, motivation, and strength.

    Each time I finish using the board, I want to stretch, do yoga and other exercises, and because of this, it was worth every penny of the $39.95, (and more if I keep up with it). It just took a few days to get used to the board. I have area rugs, so yea, it works best on a rug. One review said it made a hole in their rug, so watch out for that and get a cheap area rug if you notice any wear.

    Merry Christmas to me, as I couldn't be happier with this product, but for heaven's sake, they need to fix the nightmare their sales/customer service is providing according to the reviews here. That's why I hate ordering online or by phone with my credit card.

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


  • So fun, we love it! LOL

    • By Lynn Vondran,
    • Pennsylvania,
    • Jan 12, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    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


  • Love it

    • By Barb,
    • Charlotte, NC,
    • Jan 14, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    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


  • Best exerciser ever

    • By Traudi,
    • Belmont, MA,
    • Jan 18, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    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


  • Simply Fit Board

    Overall Experience:

    I purchased my Simply Fit Board at a local store. It comes with a CD that has an instructional section along with several workouts. I recommend you to watch it, as it explains why the board may be "walking" all over the room (it has to do with balance). I love my board and the workouts that come with it. I purchased a small bath rug to put mine on just to keep it from scratching my wood floors.

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


  • New love affair

    Overall Experience:

    I asked for and received a Simply Fit Board for Christmas. I am 71 years old and "a little" out of shape, so wasn't sure if it would be for me or not. I have had several bad falls in the past few years and thought it might help with my balance.

    I simply love my Simply Fit Board. I'm only up to three minutes every other day, having started using it two weeks ago. Today I used three lb weights with my little workout. My tummy has tightened, I've lost most of the "cottage cheese" in my waistline, and my balance is definitely getting better. I like to use it while watching TV.

    This is the most wonderful workout for me because it isn't boring and is fun. I really look forward to adding minutes to my routine. Thanks.

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


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