The Bean

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I recently got a new piece of exercise equipment called The Bean. This inflated device is similar to an exercise ball just a different shape. It is an amazing piece of equipment in that it supports your back when doing certain exercises like a crunch. The Bean is shaped like a bean and is rounded on the bottom for a rocking motion. This makes the crunch just a bit easier to do, which in my opinion is a good thing. The University of San Diego did a study on the best crunches and determined that the 3rd best crunch is done on an exercise ball. Doing a crunch on an exercise ball or The Bean is great because it doesn't hurt your tail bone. The Bean also comes with a dvd with 6 different workouts and doing the exercises with a video is great. You don't have to think much just do what is shown on the dvd. One of the exercise workouts is a back strengthening and Relief workout and the program guides you step by step through a series of stretches and exercises that will improve your back and make it stronger. The stretching exercises are wonderful. The other exercise workouts target different parts of the body as well as a pilates workout. I really love this piece of exercise equipment, it has turned into my favorite piece. For more information on The Bean you may visit their website at