I know what it feels
like to be a turtle
stuck upside down
on its shell

I can honestly say that I know what it feels like to be a turtle stuck upside down on its shell, arms and legs flailing. I say this because I’m pretty certain this is more or less how I looked at my first Oov class.

What makes it worse, is that all around me, smiling serenely, were a graceful chorus of other Oov lovers – moving their arms in legs in perfect unison and seemingly balanced with ease on their Oov. In my defence, most of the other class participants were experienced personal trainers. But there was one other first time ‘Oover’ and I also made my 14-year-old son come along and participate (it was school holidays and he had no reasonable excuse not to give it a try). I think it’s fair to say that I was the class dunce.

I thought with my previous horse riding experience and the fact I’m usually pretty safe when it comes to sports requiring balance, that I would surprise the instructor with the ease at which I took to this. Turns out I was the one surprised. Balancing on that cunningly designed Oov is not necessarily as simple as you would think. But it has nothing to do with balance and more to do with core strength. Or the lack of, in my case.

Mild embarrassment aside (the instructor was warmly encouraging) the Oov class was something of an eye opener.

Like most people, I have spent hours doing crunches and other exercises designed to strengthen the core. Short story. They hurt. And if you don’t do it right, it’s easy to end up with a sore back or neck.

The beauty of the Oov is that you are focusing on your core for the entire 45 minute class without even realising it. The Oov itself supports your back and neck and simply by balancing correctly on the Oov your core is working – all by itself. Genius.

Even better is the fact you could pop in and do a class during your work lunchbreak, as it doesn’t leave you red faced and over heated for the remainder of the day. I would even go so far as to say it was fun and relaxing. (It was definitely fun for my son, but unfortunately I was the source of his amusement. Every time I wobbled off my Oov, he also fell off his–from laughing at me).

The next day I could feel the effects of the Oov class with mildly aching core muscles; nothing uncomfortable but enough to tell me that the time spent doing my turtle impression was worth the effort. I’ll definitely be back. I plan to master the Oov.

Lisa Potter, Fitness Magazine

I know what it feels
like to be a turtle
stuck upside down
on its shell

I can honestly say that I know what it feels like to be a turtle stuck upside down on its shell, arms and legs flailing. I say this because I’m pretty certain this is more or less how I looked at my first Oov class.

What makes it worse, is that all around me, smiling serenely, were a graceful chorus of other Oov lovers – moving their arms in legs in perfect unison and seemingly balanced with ease on their Oov. In my defence, most of the other class participants were experienced personal trainers. But there was one other first time ‘Oover’ and I also made my 14-year-old son come along and participate (it was school holidays and he had no reasonable excuse not to give it a try). I think it’s fair to say that I was the class dunce.

I thought with my previous horse riding experience and the fact I’m usually pretty safe when it comes to sports requiring balance, that I would surprise the instructor with the ease at which I took to this. Turns out I was the one surprised. Balancing on that cunningly designed Oov is not necessarily as simple as you would think. But it has nothing to do with balance and more to do with core strength. Or the lack of, in my case.

Mild embarrassment aside (the instructor was warmly encouraging) the Oov class was something of an eye opener.

Like most people, I have spent hours doing crunches and other exercises designed to strengthen the core. Short story. They hurt. And if you don’t do it right, it’s easy to end up with a sore back or neck.

The beauty of the Oov is that you are focusing on your core for the entire 45 minute class without even realising it. The Oov itself supports your back and neck and simply by balancing correctly on the Oov your core is working – all by itself. Genius.

Even better is the fact you could pop in and do a class during your work lunchbreak, as it doesn’t leave you red faced and over heated for the remainder of the day. I would even go so far as to say it was fun and relaxing. (It was definitely fun for my son, but unfortunately I was the source of his amusement. Every time I wobbled off my Oov, he also fell off his–from laughing at me).

The next day I could feel the effects of the Oov class with mildly aching core muscles; nothing uncomfortable but enough to tell me that the time spent doing my turtle impression was worth the effort. I’ll definitely be back. I plan to master the Oov.

Lisa Potter, Fitness Magazine

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