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Not bad, but not without a couple issues....
on January 17, 2011
Ok, I bought this last week.. My hope was to use it at the higher 6" level to really intensify my workouts...
A couple issues I have with it though.
First, I work out in my livingroom which is carpeted, which means I normally have the small add on foot pads on my balance board to get it to register correctly. If you have those on yours, you'll need to take them off in order to place the balance board onto this platform. That can be a bit problematic if you do some exercises with the board on the stand and some on the floor.
Second issue - the 2 cross poles that you use to help hold the unit together when in the 6" configuration don't seem quite long enough. If you put the cross plank in up top, then the poles don't go completely snuggly in their holes on both sides. As a result, it seemed a bit rickety while in the 6" configuration. Yeah, you can stand on it, but I felt kind of nervous heaving my 220 lbs up and down during the step aerobics routine with it not feeling solid. One good mis-step and I felt like it would snap and break.
As a result, I've just set it to the lower 3" height and keep it at that for everything and just leave the balance board on it full time that way. Kind of disappointing since I wanted the harder 6" configuration. I'm considering putting it in the 6" config and epoxying everything (minus balance board) together to make it more rigid and strong. Sad since just making the rods 1" longer would have made everything nice and solid...
Otherwise, it does what it should and works fine. Just be aware of the issues before you decide to buy.