May 26, 2009

Spin Gym - Easier than the Hawaii Chair!

As Seen on PITCHMEN May 27, 2009...
Spin Gym.  "It doesn't look like you're doing much..." Yes, that is an actual quote from the spot, and pretty much sums it all up. I love this product. Ingenious. I'm just a bit skeptical that it will do much of anything. I guess it probably works as well as the Health Rider that my grandpa bought from an infomercial in the 80's...and I suppose they are, as usual, targeting the couch workout crowd...

If the pricing in the ad is a bit high for you, I've found a way to make your own for cheap. Just use a button and a string, as shown by this 6-year old girl, and pull the string tight to see the button spin. It's fun AND a workout!Unlike the Spin Gym, the button and string gym does NOT promise results, so don't email me to get your $0.05 back! See one unsatisfied customer below, and be warned.

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

If I hadn't seen the same principle 10 years ago in elementary school, who knows what I'd think. Even then, it was consitered an old fashion toy. Basically an about 3 inch diameter wood button with some strings through it and with about two inch long pieces of wood as handles. If memory serves it was sold for under five dollars to elementary school kids. The only real difference I see is the material it's made of.

I don't know who originally had the idea, but the principle has been around for a long time and the only thing that seems original about the idea is using it as an exercise tool. It's a new look at an archaic toy, even if it was pretty fun, somewhere below the marble shooter and wood top, in 4th grade.

Anonymous said...

I saw she is now selling the spin gym for 29.95 PLUS another 10.00 in S/H, she must be out of her mind. I might have tried it for $10, for a total of $40 - especially in this economy - who in their right mind would buy this?

Anonymous said...

This is the lamest thing ever! 3 pieces of metal and a string for 30, i don't think so.

Snuffy said...

LOL As I was sitting here watching the show, I told my wife, "When I was a kid, my dad used to make those out of kite string and button and I'd play with it all day." I wasn't shocked that people didn't buy into the whole "upper body workout machine." hahahah

Anonymous said...

way way to much money..$9.99 would be more like it!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I remember when I was a kid in the 1960's and '70's having a toy just like the spin gym. The only difference is was that it was made of plastic and would light up when it spun.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why she had to "buy" the north american rights to a toy that has been around for hundreds of years. Maybe because it is put to a new use (wasting space on the couch potato's end table)...

Anonymous said...

I'm watching pitchmen and shes such a money hungry bitch!

Anonymous said...

I saw her on pitchmen too and I thought what a stupid idea. I mean that must hell on the thumbs after a while.

Anonymous said...

I think her first mistake in Pitchmen was dissing the Ped Egg to the guy she wanted to back her product. HELLO. Not a good business move to insult someone's product when you're asking for a hand up!

Anonymous said...

I found her intriguing and fun -- you guys have lost your sense of humor -- love her juicer --

Anonymous said...

omg! another reason i gave up watching TV.

Anonymous said...

Poor Billy Mays...I'll miss him. I wonder how Forbes Riley is spending the 100% of nothing she is getting rather than selling a million SpinGyms for $10 a pop. Duh.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't believe this was for real when I just saw it on Pitchmen. What's the point of the spinning disk?

The "20 lbs. of resistance" seems to just be the resistance provided by the rope. I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

She should make a video of her using the thing in the nude and sell that.

Anonymous said...

I think the toy could be made very easily with the button suggestion and for the resistance...grab a fatty rubber band or a freakin piece of stretchy fabric. Ya, 40$ way money hungry. Sell 2 for 40$ or sell 1000's for 10$...

Anonymous said...

Not sure if anyone watched Pitchmen but this item failed bigtime. Billy Mays RIP

Anonymous said...

Forbes Riley is a money grubbing idiot. I hope she is sitting on a street corner spinning her gym off.

1066799@gmail.com said...

I don't know why people still say she's money hungry after she clearly said the reason I don't want this product to be low priced its because I dont want my name associated with a toy. She turned down millions of sales telebrands promised to bring in. She lost sales but atleast she kept her price. In truth this girl is the shit AND she's hot. FORBES GIRL I'D LOVE TO WORK OUT WITH YOU ANYTIME WITH YOUR SPIN GYM.

Anonymous said...

I think it looks fun; workout or not!

Anonymous said...

you know it Really Amaze's me how a bunch of Sit on your anonymous ( if you even have one ) bottem posterior's can give all kinds of negative feed back on something that yes might be simple ,yes might have been around for 100's of years ,but the thing is AT LEAST she BELIVES in what she is Doing , and That is All that matters , she is Going after a Dream that she Belives in.What have you done lately besides maybe move your flapping arm to search for the remote control. Hey while your sitting there flipping through the Channels , why dont you see how much you can Tone your arms up , Ohh dudh that would take two Hands cant do that with the remote in one hand. Yes it is pricey for todays ecomony, but the thing is , its an easy way to tone up those flabby arms that remind you of the Teacher in Monkey Bone , so Flap away you might be able to fly one day with out the benefit of AMERCAIN AIRLINES!!!! ,, KEEP Following your Dreams ForbEs!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well to all you cynics!!! I have bought it for £29.95 and although not a couch potato at 60 - do get a lot of RSI from working at a computer all day and have found this little Spingym invaluable as I can use it at my desk to help strengthen my neck and shoulder muscles.

Angie Hartman said...

Could agree more -- YEAH!! finally got mine and I love it -- can't believe you feel it in your arms and shoulders in just seconds -- people shouldn't really comment unless they've tried it -- amazing -- thank you Forbes -- you are ridiculously inspiring -- keep going and stay strong!
Angie

Robbie said...

Whether you're a cynic or not...

The JYZE (TM) Wind Up Fit! has revolutionized this niche in the market! I use it almost every day and love it!

The JYZE was invented long before Spin Gym and outscores it in every category. Compare:

JYZE is configurable at a higher level; Spin Gym is not
JYZE has add-on resistance bands which allow for progressive resistance; Spin Gym has static resistance
Spin Gym achieves less than 20 pounds of resistance; JYZE goes from 3 to 70 pounds of resistance (with the Fitness Pack)

Try it out today and feel the difference!

http://www.jyzefit.com/cmd.asp?Clk=3144536

Jennifer S. said...

robbie -- you are so wrong - jyze is big and clumsy -- and it seems to me they're trying to ride of SpinGym's coat tales -- I prefer the sleek sexiness and I don't more resistance -- as someone who has had my SpinGym for 3 months - I LOVE LOVE it and my arms look great -- can't believe the comments I am getting -- thank you SpinGym and Forbes Riley!

rita s said...

Rita S (california) September 29 at 12:49pm
I absolutely love it. I've helped in the development of many products over my years in the infomercial world and you can tell that you have, too. It's got so much going for it that it's hard to know where to begin - no brown nosing involved.

My big problem is flabby arms. I like the Overhead Spin for this reason. My arms tend to lose blood after a bit so I switch it up to another position. I'm working my arms at the gym, too, so this is the perfect marriage. I find that if I "concentrate" on what muscle the specific exercise is targeting, and really work it and squeeze it, it's even better.

One of the hidden and fun things about the SG is the feeling of "controlling the inertia" of the unit. You sort of get this "rhythm" going and it adds to the enjoyment and satisfaction if that makes sense.

My only suggestions are about the instruction guide. I would love to see your signature on page 3 (I always like the personal touch) and the photos are small. But you already know that - you have an amazing amount of information, explanation and visualization to display and you didn't want your guide to run 200 pages long. I get it. I need to look at the DVDs, too, as I'm sure I will learn a lot.

IT SITS ON MY COFFEE TABLE AS A PIECE OF ART, TOO! FABULOUS.

Anonymous said...

I know you are reading this. I know you think you have failed. Trust me, it's ok.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I just watched this on pitchmen. It's funny because when I lived in Guyana S.A, with no running water and no electricity, as kids we would make these out of flatened bottle caps and string.. mine had razor blades on the ends! lol

jackie said...

Met Forbes on the beach in St. Petersburg a few days ago. She walked up to me and asked me to try the Spin Gym. I had previously seen the Pitch men episode and was curious about the product which she was so passionate about. I sat next to my husband watching the sun set while doing the spin gym. I loved it!!! I felt it all over: arms, back, lats and I must admit my arms were sore the next day. Can't explain why but I had a big smile on my face, it really is fun.

BTW, Forbes has a rockin body and arms to die for. She looks great for a woman of any age not to mention her 49 years!

Anonymous said...

The spin gym is a joke and like everyone else said, it's a toy on steroids. My father used to make it out of string and a large button. Just replace the button with a heavier weight and you can save yourself 40 bucks. Poor Billy is turning in his grave, may he RIP.

Anonymous said...

@jackie: you're sadly mistaken if you think forbes riley has a "rockin" body. her body is just like anyone else's. she is way too overexposed

Raj said...

This blogger obviously doesn't agree with Anonymous

http://blogfully.net/2009/11/spingym-by-forbes-riley-product-review/

Anonymous said...

SpinGym-Product Review
Posted on November 6th, 2009 barb 2 comments
(on her published blog)

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times; I want something to help me tone, build and strengthen my muscles without all the heaping equipment. I want something that will do what it says it will do without having to buy tons of other things to use with it. I want something that works- the very first time I use it and, last but not least, I want something that will give me results. After all, I’m just a simple gal with few requirements.

I was given the opportunity to try (free) the new SpinGym and I’m totally hooked. Yes, it’s like only the most ingenious product I’ve ever seen. It will baffle the brain and boggle your muscles once you use it for a mere 30 seconds…seriously- that fast.

I kid you not- you’re going to flip with this thing. I tried it, my husband tried it, my friend tried it and my kids tried it. We all were simply amused and very impressed with the functionality of this thing-a-ma-gig that does so much in such a short amount of time and it’s so tiny it will virtually fit- anywhere.

This thing-a-ma-gig I branded as being so grand is also known as the official, one of a kind- SPINGYM!!! It’s one of those gyms you can pack in your purse, car or gym bag and use it anywhere. It’s one of those gyms you’ll thank yourself everyday for buying.

I can’t say enough; I’m so thrilled that I was given the opportunity to try the SpinGym out. It is truly one of the best gym pieces ever made and one that needs to be added to your collection of “useful” gym equipment.

About the SpinGym

Consisting of a string, two metal rings and a metal disk, the SpinGym improves the muscle tone of the upper body including arms, shoulders, chest and back. The secret to the SpinGym is the combination of inertia, gyrotronic resistance and isokinetics which allows it to deliver rotational forces up to 20 lbs per pull.

A great feature about the SpinGym is that it is so compact. Put it in your purse or carry it in your pocket (bag included). Use it at work, at home or while you’re waiting for your child in the dentist’s office. In as little as 5 minutes a day, you will see results fast. Get rock hard arms anytime, anywhere!!!!

The driving force behind SpinGym is fitness expert, Forbes Riley; who will be inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2010 for her lifelong commitment to selling quality in-home fitness and wellness products! When Forbes puts her name behind something-the fitness world takes notice!

Anonymous said...

JYZE looks working to me. But it is overpriced as well. This Spingym has tiny rings which are pain to hold. And if you want to make your own Spingym or JYZE, it is very very easy. Just find a round plastic or metal piece and some rope. You can make that using wooden toy wheel or similar. Handles can be done using some round wooden sticks or whatever.

AND what on Earth: Spingym site says that it has lifetime quarantee BUT it holds only the (indestructible) metal parts. LOL

Anonymous said...

hey anonymous -
did you make your own jump rope too. after all THAT's only a rope with handles or maybe your built your own bike cause THAT's only a 2 wheels, some chain and a seat.

do you even own either of these products? get a life.

Anonymous said...

WOW! What a bunch of negative people. Obviously it appeals to some and not to others. A character assasination is not necessary.

Happy in Maine

Tyciol said...

When I saw this commercial it was the most my lulz and RAGE were ever in sync

Anonymous said...

HSN customer reviews


GREAT / Smudge865 ,
LA

03/06/2010
This item is great , I sent one to my sister she also loves it,I had to order 4 more for her Kids they said it was such a good work out,and they are weight lifters. Great Product!

I've been "really" using it for a little over a week but could feel it after the first real use. My arms ache as I type. Hurts so good. I'll be ready for sleeveless this Spring/Summer.
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So easy, so portable, so effective. Thanks Forbes!


03/06/2010
Don't hesitate ladies! This little thing works!!! I could not get it to work to begin with, but I viewed the DVD and realized I was holding it to far apart when trying to wind it. Forbes explains everything so you will quickly see just how simple it really is to use. So glad I got it!!! Thanks!!! HSN for bringing Forbes and the SpinGym.

Spin Gym / LOVETOSHOP415 ,
CA

03/06/2010
SMALLEST workout equipment ever! Once you get it spinning, it works like crazy! No heavy weights but is a POWERHOUSE. So portable, you can use it anywhere. What a workout! Wow! At first, I didn't know how to start it but the video really helps!
Will work your upper body, back and arms like they said it would. Watch the video so you can set it up properly. It CAN WORK! Forget the other negative comments. Its do-able and so affordable. Worth trying. THANKS SO MUCH. Anyone can do it ! Don't give up....

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised to see how easy this is to use anywhere I go. I just keep it in my purse and when I have a few moments free at my desk, on my break or just walking, I can pull this out and get upper body excersize. This is great!
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I REALLY LIKE IT -- It Works & -It's NOT a Toy! / ComputerGeek ,
PA

04/10/2010
Like many others, I had to watch the DVD a few times before I got the correct method, but WOW -- I really feel it working. I highly recommend it as a way to improve your whole upper body - Quickly!
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Once You Get It -- You Get it! / Apricotien ,
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04/10/2010
Had this for 2 weeks, watched the dvd and could not get it to work - could get in wound up but it kept unraveling. I was planning to return it, but kept hoping that I could somehow figure it out (besides, the price is so reasonable that it didn't seem right to return it). After yet another failed attempt, I went to the SpinGym website and emailed the customer service for advice on a Saturday morning, and about an hour later, I got a phone call from Ms. Riley herself! She walked me through the instructions and voila! I got it to work - the trick is to pull it tightly (not gently, as I was doing) - it works every time and boy, can I feel it working. I now look forward to working out with the dvds and getting into shape, especially my arms and stomach. What a convenient, little powerhouse product.
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FORBES RILEY SPIN GYM / TAMALES ,
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04/09/2010
THE SPIN GYM UPPER BODY SHAPER IS ALLSOME IT DOES JUST WHAT IT SAYS. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THE BLACK BANDS BREAK TO EASY , THEY SHOULD SEND OUT MORE WITH THE SPIN GYM, BUT I GIVE THIS FIVE STARS
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5 STARS FOR SPIN GYM! / SK8TRMOM ,
AZ

04/08/2010
Forbes Riley's SpinGym is the most compact upper body product -- so much fun to use, I carry it everywhere --
and I am so confused reading some of the reviews that say its hard to use -- just wind it up - the secret is holding your hands
close together when you wind - then tug and release - and don't let it sag! Forbes says it ALL in the videos and I love the one
with the 3 women -- she makes it easy and fun -- but WOW!! what a workout -- you feel it in your arms, shoulders and I can really
see a difference -- when you keep it spinning and follow the workouts you are done in just minutes -- AMAZING invention -
so innovative!! just love it....
Furthermore, I use the spin gym while walking, riding a stationary bike and step classes. a spin gym class of its own with workout music would be a complete success! This is definately the newest craze -glad I got my hands on one!

Anonymous said...

I caught an infomerical in England about this product, in a Brittish accent, it claimed to be "all the rage" and "the hottest new workout in America" after my mother and I got done laughing we turned to eachother and asked if we had ever heard of the spin gym. We laughed some more then turned the channel watched England's Big Brother instead.

Frank said...

Forbes Riley is so far up her own ass it's not true.
Only someone who knew absolutely nothing about the correct way to exercise effectively would buy such a product...so a massive market.
"Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door" or in this case take a worthless idea and market it to pander to peoples delusion, insecurity's and obsession with the cult of celebrity and make a sell a million.

Anonymous said...

"The driving force behind SpinGym is fitness expert, Forbes Riley; who will be inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2010 for her lifelong commitment to selling quality in-home fitness and wellness products! When Forbes puts her name behind something-the fitness world takes notice!"

Why what are her qualifications in exercise physiology, other then having sold fitness equipment on TV?

In the words of Stephen Fry thi is "arse gravy of the worst kind"

Anonymous said...

My advice would be if you don't want your name associated with a toy, then don't sell toys.

Anonymous said...

What the hell is Forbes Riley on...has she got adhd?

Anonymous said...

Forbes do you really not have a clue about the correct application of exercise principles or is it just about the $$$ ?

Anonymous said...

Really? Spin gym? I really hope people arent so bored theyre ordering this. What a fail.

Anonymous said...

I have to say I am really surprised by the amount of negativity generated by the SpinGym… I LOVE mine, and feel it was worth every penny I paid for it. I’m not going to argue the effectiveness or science of it, but I CAN tell you that it works for me on two levels: I can take it anywhere with me, so I actually USE it (my elliptical is covered with dust); and, I feel more limber and stronger when I use it consistently. As an added bonus, it is a great stress reliever… I LOVE punching with it! :) So don’t be a hater: let those of us that enjoy our SpinGym do so!

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agSGaa87CaE

Anonymous said...

It's not only priced way too high, but the replacement strings are $6.99 for a package of 6. This is for s/h. The strings are free. One way or the other you get screwed.It's comparable to having grocery store up the price on already rotten fruits &vegetables. She looks like the cat that ate the canary. And I was one of those stupid canaries. How gullible I was. One of these day I'll stop self-serving snakeoil phonies and keep my wallet shut. She did 1 good thing for me by default---I'm finally done with highway robbery. And Forbes is shitty name. You pretentious bitch.----Shithead!

ForbesRiley said...

Another fun video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8pI6thGIxE

orderonlinenow said...

Go Forbes, fantastic product now selling world wide. I use mine every day. Anonymous people why bother putting a comment if you have never tried the product, pointless!!!!!!!!

This product rocks

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Anonymous said...

If you own a spingym the odds are very good you're stupid, ill-informed, gullible AND out of shape.

JPG Start said...

I have never heard of the spin gym or seen the advertisement. I have read the mixed comments here thought and for the most part seem to get the conclusion that it doesn't work. I myself would not pay money for anything claiming to be the best home exercise equipment without trying it and talking to people who have used the product. Most home exercise equipment products do work if you use them in the mannor they are intended. Reeshearch and knowing what you want is the key! http://revupforfitness.com/

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