Freestyler Functional Cross Trainer Review

I was sent the freestyler functional cross trainer by Functional Dynamics Inc. a while back to review.

The essence of the product is simple and nothing that hasn't been done before: resistance bands. What they do that is different comes down to the Freestyler board and the videos they provide.

First off I'll talk about what you get with the freestyler. I was sent Easy, Medium, Hard, and Sport resistance bands. The bands have clips on either end made of plastic to attach the ankle cuffs and handles. The bands themselves are high-quality and, from what I can tell, are pretty durable. Other than the bands you get the freestyler board, two handles,  two ankle cuffs, and an exercise mat. The cuffs and handles are easy to attach to the resistance bands and likewise, the ankle cuffs strap on very easily. All-in-all the initial set-up is very simple. The board at first seems like a flimsy piece of plastic, but when you get the resistance bands feed through the corners and stand on the thing it's actually quite sturdy. The fact that it's so easy to store is an added bonus. It very easily tucks away in under a couch or a bed. Below is the product presentation video.

Without watching any videos I saw the potential from a physiotherapy perspective with regards to shoulder rehab, but honestly I was a little baffled by some of the claims made on the website - until I watched a few of the videos.

There are literally dozens of videos in five different categories:
Strength and Conditioning
Group Fitness

Granted, the music to the videos is a little tired - the same workout music that been around for ages - but that's more of a personal preference than a slight agains the product. The virtual trainer is very high energy, inviting, and encouraging. Below is an introduction to the virtual trainer.

Now, my interest was mostly in the rehabilitation videos. I have to say,  the makers of the videos did a good job. the movements are fairly specific, and performed well on video. I was impressed with the simplicity of the videos. The videos use the concepts of PNF, progressive resistance, flexibility, and include an appropriate warm up before starting exercise. I was happy that they also include some exercises that didn't require the exercise bands or board into the routines, especially in the spine rehab videos. Below is the shoulder rehab program intro.

The website is fairly easy to navigate and very  comprehensive. When you sign-up, which you will have to do to access the videos, you will also get access to an online personal fitness assessment, personalized nutrition report, and a starters guide, which will help you master the basics of particular movements.

The personal fitness report will give you an overview (seen below) and a detailed report outlining target heart rates, caloric intakes for weight loss, lean body mass, and a little explanation of BMI.

It will also give you a nutrition report detailing your optimal water, protein, fats, and carbohydrates intake. It's basics, but well informed.

In all, the freestyler system is a great product. I will admit that I was worried that the materials would break easily, but they proved to hold up to stress. The videos are informative and easy to follow. The most impressive thing about the whole system is the absolute bulk of videos for every body type, age, gender, fitness, and rehab level. I would recommend this product as an adjunct to your fitness routines. 

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