When well-respected (and I gotta’ say a little bit feared, Roy Wallack, LA Times fitness gear writer-guru called me recently after meeting up with him at the recent 2012 IHRSA Fitness Convention to let me know that the Core Transformer Kits were going to be reviewed I was both elated and sweating buckets–not bullets. That’s because as a long time subscriber to the LA Times and fan of Roy’s fitness gear and gadgets reviews, I knew his reputation of being a tough, no bars hold kind of reporter. So…getting reviewed was a “be careful what you wish for” scenario. In other words, being reviewed would highlight the great, good, bad and down-right frightening.
Gear: Resistance cord workouts core and more
Core Transformer: A long rubber stretch cord with built-in handles and foot straps that provides resistance through every movement. Designed by veteran L.A. trainer-to-the-stars Linda LaRue.
Likes: Easy, but exhausting workouts. Crossing the cords in an X with your hands and feet in the straps forces you to engage every plane of motion, getting significant resistance through a variety of floor exercises — invisible ball throws, starfish squats, cross-country skiing, figure-eights, boxing, etc. Workouts conclude with mat exercises and stretching. Simple, effective and inexpensive, it weighs about 7 ounces and fits into a sock. The DVD includes 30- and 15-minute workouts.
Price: $34.95. (310) 890-3305; www.coretransformer.com/kit