Bored of run-of-the-mill home exercise options like the stationary bike and treadmill? Austrian manufacturer DIMOVE recently introduced a full-body workout contraption called the WAVEpro. This challenging piece of equipment will hone your balance, endurance, muscle tone ... and will to survive.
The WAVEpro sits on a razor-thin plateau between exercise equipment and torture device. Depending on how coordinated you are, it will quickly teeter its way into one category or the other.
From my brief experience trying it out, I'm leaning toward torture device. The WAVEpro wants nothing more than to wrest you from the comforts of vertical posture and twist you violently to the floor. The entire structure is on a curved rocker, and the footing panels slide simultaneously frontwards and backwards and to the sides. Just being able to stand on it for mere seconds was a full workout of body and mind that should have been rewarded with a beer. Getting off it and onto flat, stable ground was the equivalent to the feeling that many folks experience when they step off a terrifying carnival ride and realize control of their own beings once again.
For those that have the fortitude to learn how to effectively use it, the WAVEpro offers a versatile fitness platform that can be used in many different ways. In fact, DIMOVE says that there are more than 70 different ways to exercise with it, and it challenges users to come up with their own. You can work all kinds of muscles – core, quads, calves, arm muscles, etc. – many at the same time. DIMOVE also claims that it improves balance, coordination, endurance, motor function and cognitive abilities.
The WAVEpro was nominated for a BrandNew Award at this year's ISPO Munich sports show. Company representatives told us that it would be on the European market this spring for a retail price of €6,400 (approx. US$8,400). At that price, it's definitely more of a "wait for my local gym to get a hold of one"-type of device. My experience confirms that you wouldn't want this sadistic machine in your home anyway.