Comment from: philip [Member]  

Thanks for the review. Unless I missed it, I don't see the price that you initially had an issue with. On their website, it's $80 for the level 1 system and $85 for levels 2 and 3.

In my personal opinion, I think that $165 (+ $20ish cost of exercise ball) is ridiculous to pay in order to learn some training exercises. The cost of the materials seems excessive as you can do exercises similar to what your picture demonstrates near a wall or handrail without balance poles.

I'm sure the exercises are beneficial and useful, but I just can't see how they are worth $165. Without giving away the specifics, can you speak to the novelty of the exercises? I really just can't see how there's anything new about the types of exercises that can justify this cost.

But, to each there own.

11/30/12 @ 17:26
Comment from: greg [Member]  

@Philip - This is something I've gone back and forth on -- even weeks after originally writing the review. It is definitely a pricey package, especially if you want to buy both. I've never run my own business or produced any products of my own, so it's really hard for me to gauge whether the high price of the training package is an ego thing ("My product is so good that people will by it even at this price!") or if it really is just the cost of the production of it all plus a reasonable bit of profit.

B2R does have a challenge in front of them with this package. It's so foot-focused and the movements are so minimal. It *seems* basic. People like a lot of bang for their buck and they like very visible results very quickly, which is why I'd guess that the package will never reach the popularity of, say, "8-minute abs" in its heyday. But that in itself doesn't inherently mean it lacks value. I think the exercises presented by the package are familiar insofar as we've all done something kinda-sorta like it, but not typically under the surprisingly challenging circumstances that the unassuming slant board puts the user under.

I could imagine someone acquiring a set of walking poles or even long sticks, building their own slant board, and learning the foot training exercises through trial and error (or someone on youtube might post similar tutorials of their own). So could it be done? Certainly. But then it's also possible to construct one's own shoes or other gear, and that doesn't necessarily make it ideal for the cost savings. I tried making my own huaraches from tire rubber and while they weren't bad, they definitely weren't Lunas.

You hit the nail on the head with "To each their own." Different people are going to get different things out of it depending on what their goals/needs are. In my case with the foot issues I've had, I'd say it's worth the price.

12/06/12 @ 12:14