No, all six SmithShaper wheels are made out of a soft thermoplastic rubber material that will not mark or indent walls or floors.
Q. Can you use the SmithShaper
on carpet when doing the
SmithShaper floor ab, arms
and shoulder exercises?
Yes, the SmithShaper will work fine on most standard length carpets but a smooth hard surface is preferable.
Q. Can you strength train with
the SmithShaper Ab Roller & Squat
Yes, worn like a backpack, your hands are free which allows you to use your choice of free weights such as dumbbells for added resistance. In addition, when performing roll-out abdominal exercises, obliques exercises, core exercises, leg exercises, or chest exercises, free weights can be placed on the large surface area of the SmithShaper Ab Roller & Squat Exercises Device Platform for added resistance.
Q. Can kids use the
Absolutely, with supervision, the Smith-Shaper is a cool way for kids to get more involved with an exercise routine at home.
Q. Can the SmithShaper help me
return to physical activity after
joint injury or surgery?
Yes. The SmithShaper AB Roller and Squat Exercise Device can be used in a low impact way. It allows you to be in complete control of the movement of your recovering joint during each exercise. To return to action after recovering from ankle, knee, hip, or shoulder injuries or surgeries, it is critical to restore the joint's range of motion and to strengthen the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding the injury. For example, those recovered from labrum or rotator cuff injuries, can increase their range by placing one or both hands on the SmithShaper to glide arms up and down against a wall. For those working to strengthen quads, hamstrings, glutes, or thighs in order to stabilize knee or hip injuries, the SmithShaper can be used for controlled squats and other beneficial floor exercises.
Q. Can the SmithShaper help to
delay my eventual knee
Yes. Using the SmithShaper Ab Roller & Squat Device for lower body/leg workouts, such as the SmithShaper rolling wall squats exercise, you can strengthen all of the ligaments and muscles suporting your arthritic knee. Actively working to strengthen these supporting structures has proven to improve mobility in a way that can indeed postpone surgery. The stronger leg muscles are, the less discomfort individuals tend to have. If you choose to strengthen your legs, the SmithShaper is a great choice. In addition, keeping a compression sleeve on your knee can also keep swelling to a minimum and reduce pain at the same time.
Q. Is it true SmithShaper squats
are safer on your back and
knees than traditional squats?
Performing squats with good posture is critical for any age or fitness level. Below, is a photo com-paring traditional bar squats (left) to squats on the SmithShaper (right). When using the SmithShaper the back is perfectly aligned. This eliminates the forward lean that occurs with traditional squats. The result is less stress on the spine and knees. Perfect form equals fewer injuries and better results!
Free weights such as dumbbells or medicine balls can be used when performing squats using the Smith-Shaper if added resistance is desired.