I got a fun new toy in the mail!
How telling that I call a piece of fitness equipment a toy. That never would’ve happened a few years back! It’s the Modern Movement M-Pad Balance and Strength Trainer. The folks at Modern Movement sent it to me for free, but these opinions are my own.
It’s a board that you stand and balance on. On the bottom are circular orange discs, and you can add or remove them, up to three, to raise the platform higher or lower, making it easier or harder. I opted for all three because I like a challenge!
You put one foot on each side of the M-Pad. There’s a cradle in the center for your smartphone.
Why is there a smartphone cradle? Because there’s a special app for the M-Pad, that uses the sensors in your phone so you can complete training circuits and play games!
Using the M-Pad is very fun. I sync the app to my television, using Chromecast, and then I can get in a great core workout. (You can sync it through Apple TV or Roku, too.)
You can easily set up a training circuit. There are nine training options, all of which require moving around on the M-Pad in different ways: back and forth, twisting, in a circular motion, and so on. You pick which ones you want to do, and how long you want your workout to last (from 2 to 30 minutes), and the app moves you through the circuit, with 10 seconds rest between each one. This is the “Chase” option, where you’re one ball, and you have to chase the other ball around the circle.
(I normally use further from my TV, but for the sake of these photographs, I moved closer, so you could see both me and the monitor.)
This is the “Bullseye” option, where the goal is to move the ball to the center of the bullseye and keep it there – which is easier said than done when you’re balancing on a platform and moving the ball with very small, subtle adjustments of your feet!
The app also tracks all the data from your training, and you see charts and graphs of your progress and improvement, which is great.
If you’re in a more playful mood, the M-Pad app comes with games! You can play Space Invaders, where you move your spaceship from side to side, while trying to shoot up the bad guys:
And there’s my personal favorite, Labryinth, where you move the ball through a maze:
Why do I love it so much? Because I love mazes! (I draw them and sell them here and they’re awesome!) I think the Modern Movement folks should periodically update their app with more maze designs. I can help design them!
I can easily spend 20 or 30 minutes on the M-Pad and the time just flies by. And because I’m having so much fun, I fail to notice that I’ve worked up a sweat! I don’t ever use just the M-Pad for my entire workout, but I pair with my other at-home equipment, like my Bowflex Max Trainer and SelectTech dumbbells. After fifteen minutes of hard cardio on my Max Trainer, and 20-30 minutes of lifting weights, I’ll get on my M-Pad and finish up my workout with some core work – and games.
It’s a great, entertaining addition to my workout regimen!
Keep it up, David!
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