Activbody describes the Activ5 as “a little gym in your pocket,” and it’s a fist-sized weight machine shaped like a puck. The Activ5 measures the compressive force when you press on both sides with a part of your body, such as the palms of your hands, or your hand and your thigh, or even when pressing with your foot. It is designed for use in short workouts throughout the day and its pocket size allows you to use it anywhere. Usually $ 140 you can getat this time, no code or coupon required. It’s listed for a discounted price of $ 109 on the product page, but you get an additional exclusive $ 10 discount when you checkout. (If the price is not $ 99, add a promo code CNET manually.)
I have been using the Activ5 for quite some time now and it has become a standard part of my daily fitness routine. It pairs with your phone and responds to over 100 exercises that you can choose from from categories like Office & Travel, Full Body, Upper Body, Lower Body, and Core. You can do an entire workout – this lasts around 4-7 minutes, depending on which one you choose – or just jump into specific exercises, each of which typically lasts around 30 seconds.
Performing the exercises is easy, and as much as any exercise can be fun, this one is kind of fun. The app tells you exactly what you need to do and shows you some photos to clear up any ambiguity. A typical exercise might be to hold the puck in your hands while extending your arms straight out in front of you, alternately pressing your hands together and resting, based on a follow the bouncing ball style visual. You’re not just exercising your muscles, you’re trying to do it precisely so that the virtual ball stays on a specific path, with just the right amount of power. It’s like training with Flappy Bird.
Does it really offer meaningful workout? I’m not a doctor or a fitness trainer, but the Activ5 really does cause an invigorating burn when I do a 5 minute workout, and it makes me feel like I’m doing significant weight training without needing the weight. I feel like the missing ingredient in my own workout which already includes 20 minutes ofand 20 minutes on the elliptical.
If you want to try it out for yourself, you might want to grab it soon, as this deal expires on December 14th.
This article was published earlier in the year and has been updated to reflect the latest agreement.
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