Suspension exercise dice, you say? What in the world is that?
An interesting idea, before everything else. You could call it an exercise planner that doesn’t actually plan, or a social dice game with a whole lot of sweat.
Regardless, it’s meant to add some unpredictability to your usual suspension exercise routines, whether you do them solo or with workout partners.
And does the product achieve what it sets out to do? Keep reading to find out!
Suspension Exercise Dice: So what’s In the Pack?
Aside from an instructional booklet, the whole thing comes in a very nice-looking leatherette carrying case. Inside are a white repetition die and seven color-coded exercise dice. Each of the latter corresponds to a different type of exercise. These are:
- Orange: Arms
- Pink: Back
- Blue: Cardio
- Red: Abs/Core
- Green: Chest
- Yellow: Legs
- Purple: Shoulders
This all adds up to 42 different exercises, all detailed in the booklet, so you won’t have to commit anything to memory (though that wouldn’t hurt). The booklet also serves another, quite interesting sub-function. There’ll be more on that later.
And just in case it needs to be said, it is assumed that you already possess some sort of suspension exercise set, as the Stack 52 Suspension Exercise Dice pack doesn’t come with anything of the sort. We recommend the TRX HOME2 SYSTEM, though anything would do for as long as it’s safe and functional.
Suspension Exercise Dice: How Does It All Work?
There are suggestions, but the golden rule goes like this: it works the way you want it to. Thinking of giving your arms a working? Roll the orange and white dice, note the exercise and number of reps, and get right on it! The suggested number of sets is always 3 or 4, which is a good number.
You can do this once for each exercise type, or reroll the same die after you’re done with your sets for a more focused session. Of course, as all dice games go, this one works even better with friends, so everyone can roll themselves a mini-workout, then get going at the same time.
Repeat the process according to your preferences, or as long as you can. It works fine, and can in fact get rather fun, especially if you like working out. On the other hand, if you’ve been stuck in the same routine for a long while now, something like this can really help shake you out of it.
Just make sure to actually do the exercises, as a game set can’t actually force anything on you. This is really where using the dice as a social game will work wonders. Nothing like some peer pressure to prevent slacking!
The Finer Points, Choice of Exercises, and Everything Else
What we really like are the video instructions. These are provided by the booklet and through your phone, via QR codes embedded by each exercise description. All you need to do is scan the code with your phone camera, and you will instantly get a video explanation. It is all very clear and to the point.
As for the exercises themselves, the choice is superb. Some may disagree and call them too advanced, but the difficulty only guarantees that the dice won’t become obsolete as you keep getting better.
And for those who do get tired of the basic package, there is also an Expansion Pack (containing even more exercises), and a so-called Insane Pack (only for the experienced and meant to keep pushing your limits). These can be bought separately, or in one package, along with the basic pack.
The Verdict: Worth Your Money?
With a product like this, there’s really no point in listing ups and downs. It is a light package with an optimistic, fun goal. The only thing to do is judge it on its own terms.
So… get it, try it, or avoid it?
While we certainly can’t call this playful little package bad, it is also by no means essential. It will certainly amuse you, but it will only help if you’re stuck in a rut or really don’t feel like exercising. And even then, you’ll be likely to just slack and ignore the dice result.
On the other hand, if you enjoy working out in groups, or have friends who are into fitness and would be along for an unpredictable ride (a rare combination), then go right ahead. There are much, much worse ways for anyone to spend their time, and the whole idea is quite charming.
Buyers seems to love these dice, as it gained a rating of 4.5 stars on amazon, including stellar reviews such as the one below:
Our Rating: 4.2/5
Fitness enthusiast, suspension training addict. Ditched the gym 5 years ago, never looked back. Passionate about teaching how to build muscle and loose weight using only the force of gravity and your own bodyweight.