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Valslide: A Must for Your Home Gym

If you ever used a slide board in the 90s, then you know what a great workout it was for your hips, booty, and quads. It only works your lower body though, and celebrity trainer, Valerie Waters (she trained Jennifer Garner in her Alias days) wanted something that would work her total body the same way. That was the inspiration behind her invention of Valslide ($29.99) — cute how it's named after her. It's a pretty simple piece of equipment: two oval shaped pads that are slippery smooth on one side with foam on the other side. You place your hands or feet on the foamy part, and when you're on carpet you can slide in every direction. It makes regular exercises like push-ups and lunges much more challenging. At first I thought these seemed a little dopey, but after seeing them in action I think they are cool. Check out the video to see what I mean after you

If you're interested, you can buy Valslide directly from the website, and it comes with two slides and an instruction booklet.

thenekoling thenekoling 7 years
my personal trainer tells me to use these. they are effective, just very overpriced! the furniture sliders that are the same shape seem like they would work. the small circular furniture sliders, however, do NOT work as well at all. the valslide ones also work well on surfaces like a bumpy rug. paper plates seem like they would only work on very smooth carpet.
Advah Advah 8 years
So I followed people's advice and cut two cardboard ovals out of a pizza box, and it works great! Not sure how it compares to the original, but they sure gave me a good workout!
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 9 years
This looks funny, but id try it.
misshouston misshouston 9 years
I have a pair and love 'em!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Oh, they have these at a class at my gym and everyone always makes fun of them...but interesting!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I use dishtowels on the kitchen floor and it works just as well. Plus, they're free. I also use the paper plates on the carpeted parts of my house...again, nice and cheap.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
Looks effective, but I agree with the first poster! Something about that woman's voice plus the fact that they are $29.99 makes me think that is SO L.A.. Blech.
Stephen-E Stephen-E 9 years
Hmm, not too impressive. I saw this on a blog story that went viral -- something like "the most useless objects disguised as fitness equipment."
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
When I got my swiss ball, I thought it would be really fun to run and dive on top of it, using it as a slide board....30 minutes later my boyfriend was scraping me off the hardwood floor.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I would put these on and slide around my house like Tom Cruise!
chameleon7 chameleon7 9 years
Just took the idea from Gliding Sliding Disks, just a different shape.
lauriegilbert lauriegilbert 9 years
I love they ended that video with the trainer threat/promise. It doesn't fit with the rest of the vid at all!
Keaton7655 Keaton7655 9 years
Starlotus - I thought the same thing! I have four I bought at BB&B for $10 and they look like the same size! Gonna go to the closet and pull them out now!
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
Starlotus, you can actually even use paper plates- even cheaper and do the same exact thing!
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I love these things! They really make me sore when I use them.
starlotus713 starlotus713 9 years
Looks cool, but what's the difference between these and those 'sliders' you put under heavy furniture to help it move on carpet or to protect hardwood floors? I think you can get a pack of 4 big sliders, just like these Valslides, for $9.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond...
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