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New Exercise Equipment: Try These

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

One of the benefits of attending the IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show is that we get to test out the new equipment before it gets to the club where you work out. And, Oh, the Places We Will Go!

By the time we finished testing out the new equipment, we had used every muscle and every verb available. We climbed, pulled, bounced, jumped, shook, hauled (mostly our tired butts) and ker-splatted our way to equipment enlightenment. Or to the water fountain. Either way.


These are the machines we tried:

BallBike by FIT One

Marpo Kinetics

Jacob’s Ladder


None of these companies sponsors us in any way; we just thought they looked like fun and wanted to share them with you.

Alexandra’s favorite was clearly the BallBike – the video only shows a few seconds of her having a ball, drawing an admiring crowd, testing out the equipment as a professional should!

Which piece of equipment looks the most fun to you? 



About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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13 Responses to New Exercise Equipment: Try These

  1. Tara Burner March 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    OMG I’m sooo jealous
    wish I could go to these things w/you two
    and I want to try the ball bike
    i follow them on twitter & fb, pinterest
    wanna try it!
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  2. fitknitchick March 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I LOVE the look of the rope pulling thing! What was it called?
    Seems like a great way to progress towards pull ups (the holy grail I’m forever in search of).

    Would love to come next year and ‘hang’ on the climbing wall with you guys!
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  3. Sara March 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    I get that the vibration plates train your core and stability, but I’m perplexed as to why they are coming back in style. Didn’t we already learn that you can’t literally shake fat off your body?
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    • Fun and Fit March 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

      Sara, good call! The machine I, Kymberly show in the video was not a vibration plate machine with a core/ abs goal. It was a “vibrate the calories off” updo. I think that with the vibration plates gaining legitimacy other companies and exercisers are confusing the two and excitedly jumping on the “shake the fat off” vibration bandwagon again. We tried out two other such machines at the Health Freedom Expo that I would also put into the “Really? Prove it!” category. We did NOT try any of the Vibration Plate machines as we simply ran out of time.

      I will say that the jiggly machine I tried did help relax my tense leg muscles, which I liked. But would I count on that baby to make me fit? Naaaaah!
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  4. Amy March 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    All of that is totally crazy! Looks like you both had a lot of fun. But why is it that we might need more or new equipment? I completely agree that it can be exciting and fun to try something new, but in the end, we were all born with all the equipment that we really need. (so boring, I know…)
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  5. Jody - Fit at 54 March 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Hmmmmmmm, I thought the big O was coming on a couple of those pieces of equipment! ;-)

    Loved that video! Those BallBike people were one of the first to follow me on Twitter!

    I like them all but that Jacob’s ladder – I see that on TBL & man, looks really friggin hard!
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    • KymberlyFunFit March 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      Truth time – that Jacob’s Ladder WAS hard and a good workout. How firefighters do it with a hose to carry is amazing. The BallBike people were a load of fun. Actually, most of the people were fun!
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  6. Caitlin April 1, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    this equipment is crazy! i’d love to try it all. just like tara, i’m jealous.
    the first one with the ball kinda makes me LOL though. i know that it’d be good for the core but the people just look so silly.
    i’d have to say i’d most want to try the jacob’s ladder or the treadwall!
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  7. Bonnie April 2, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Fun to see a glimpse of some new products at IHRSA! My favorites? Besides watching you both bounce around and vibrate, the rope pull and treadwall! ;) Thanks for sharing!
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  8. harry April 4, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    they all look like stupid ways to get “fit”- because you WON’T! (Marketing B.S. that will end up at a used sporting goods store for sure!)
    Why are your arms so fat if you are “fit”? Oh…you aren’t!

    • Fun and Fit April 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      Hi Harry: Though we are not sure why you felt the need to be mean and so angry, we do actually welcome the opportunity to comment on your comment. Our site and philosophy is all about finding entry points for people to commit to movement. While some of the equipment we tried out may not be right for the super fit person wanting to get amazingly fit, it could be the fun spark for the rest of the population that is low to medium fit. Kind of depends on your definition of fit. Mine (Kymberly – it’s my arms you have a problem with) includes being strong, happy, healthy, and confident. Yours seems to be more exclusive, related to lean body mass, and looks oriented. We recommend this post for you:
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  9. Robert Braun April 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Another good show to go to for fitness equipment is the annual Health & Fitness Expo in Las Vegas. See

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