Inside: A review of the Activ5 portable training device. Gifted item.
There are two reasons I don’t go to the gym. First, I just don’t have the time to drive there, work out for a significant time and drive home again regularly enough to make a difference and warrant membership. Second, I just don’t like gyms. I always feel like a fraud while surrounded by everyone who seems to know what they are doing while I flit between machines and stumble on the treadmill.
Gyms are just not my thing.
However, that doesn’t mean I can’t see the benefit of working out regularly to build strength and increase my range of motion. I have recently started running for half an hour a day, which is helping my aerobic ability but my core strength and overall muscle build needs working on.
The answer? Activ5.
The Activ5 portable training device is a palm-sized unit that measures up to 90kg of muscle force and is proven to increase strength by an average of 30% in just 6 weeks.
How does Activ5 work?
Using the Activ5 app, you follow various workouts to focus on different areas of your body.
The app shows you different moves and positions and using the device, you use your own body strength to tense and relax your muscles for each exercise.
As you complete each exercise, you follow the screen on your phone and try to keep on track by tensing and relaxing as necessary. It is harder than it looks to keep to the lines!
There are lots of different workouts to choose from within Core, Full Body, Upper Body, Lower Body and Confined Spaces, which is perfect for my home!
Most workouts are between 5-10 minutes too, so perfect if you are short on time. You can either fit in a quick workout or combine a few to make your own tailored workout to target the areas you want.
I found the Confined Spaces particularly helpful as there are just so many of us in the house right now. All I needed was a chair, the Activ5 device and my phone – easy.
The exercises look simple enough but man, tensing your muscle to keep to the lines on the screen is tough and I could definitely feel it working instantly. What I liked about it most though was that I didn’t have that ‘I’ve overdone it and now I hurt’ feeling afterwards. Instead, I had an ‘I’ve used my muscles and I can feel the benefit’ feeling.
The app also tracks your progress and tells you areas you need to work on. For me, it is my back and I have always known in. This diagram shows me that my right side is particularly weak (perhaps due to carrying kids on one hip?) and so I need to work on balancing that out and strengthening it all as a whole.
If you are looking for a way to gain strength and tone up but don’t want to have to go to a gym to get there, Activ5 is the answer. It is easy to follow, easy to fit into your day and doesn’t require loads of space and can be taken anywhere. Head over to activ5.co.uk to find out more.
If you have any questions, pop them in the comments below and I will try and answer them as best I can.
I was gifted the Activ5 for the purpose of this review but all words and thoughts are my own.