THE FUN WAY TO TRAIN OFF-SEASON – THE DA VINCI BODYBOARD.
Hello everyone! My name is Margo D., the creator of Brooklyn Fit Chick (www.brooklynfitchick.com) and I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I am the new fitness ambassador for Terry Bicycles. As an avid cyclist and fitness enthusiast I have long been a fan of the Terry brand. So much so that I practically begged them to allow me the opportunity to write for their new monthly newsletter which begins with this first article right here—yay!
Living on the East Coast is tough on my winter training and I am often forced to skip an outdoor ride for an indoor workout. However, I choose to look at it as an opportunity to work on my strength & flexibility training and one of my favorite workouts lately is on my new Da Vinci BodyBoard created by Flohery Mahoney.
For those of you not familiar with Da Vinci BodyBoard, check out this clip from the TODAY show but in essence it is a “core board” with exercise bands created by Flohery to work several muscle groups at one time while providing a quick and effective cardio workout. The Da Vinci BodyBoards are eight feet by two feet and come either flat or in a foldable format and include several bands and a soft mat.
Flohery was a hard core runner who felt out of balance with so much cardio training as part of her exercise regime but little time for yoga, Pilates or any kind of stretching-based workout.
After experimenting with bands & tubes tied to her furniture around her house, she came up with the idea to create a flat surface and attach the bands to it to alternate levels of resistance. After tinkering with the design several times she came up with the Da Vinci BodyBoard.
Each board costs $395 and they come with two sets of latex tubing, two aerobic dance bands, two padded handles, two ankle straps, mat and a DVD filled with several 20-minute workouts. (You will definitely need space for keeping mine behind a closet door.)
I have used the board several times in the last few months and the Da Vinci BodyBoard truly delivered on its promise to be both a cardio & strength-based. By using the “dance bands” while performing lunges and squats I managed to get an excellent upper body along with my core.
Using the ankle bands with my ab work gave extra resistance that I could feel right away. This is NOT a wimpy “bands” routine. You will be working your abs, back, shoulders, quads, and hamstrings while lengthening your muscles with each movement.
If you are curious to try out the Da Vinci BodyBoard for yourself, classes are starting to pop up across the country and you can find one nearest you at this link.
What kinds of workouts do you try during the winter months? Let me know! Looking forward to checking in with you every month!
Margo “Brooklyn Fit Chick”