About Fluidity Fitness

A classic fitness tool reinvented for a totally modern workout.

Dancers don’t dance their way to a beautiful body. They develop strength, proportion and flexibility using a wall-mounted ballet barre and their own body weight. The Fluidity Bar allows you to work against the resistance of your own body weight in any direction to transform your body into a dancer’s body. You can learn more about the Fluidity Difference here. The Fluidity Bar® features the stability of a wall-mounted ballet barre in the convenience of a fold-down unit.

Comments
95 Responses to “About Fluidity Fitness”
  1. Karen Speier says:

    Can anyone help me to assemble this? I don’t know where the backboard is or the lowere metal crossbars so I can lock them together. Please! It’s sitting here for 2 days now. No one answers the phone. Thanks! :)

    • Are you referring to the Owner’s Manual for setup? Our Customer Service is closed at 5:00PM EST, but we can have someone contact you on Monday morning and try to walk you through the steps here as well. First, position the unit so that the feet attached to the legs are flat on the floor; in this position, the backboard is lying on top of the unit. In step 2 of those instructions: Lift up on the bar and then place the lower hinge of the backboard into the lower metal crossbar so that the hinge locks into place, you’re basically lifting the wooden bar up and that bar is attached to the backboard so the backboard will become vertical as you lift up on the wooden bar. You should guide the bottom of the backboard over the lower metal crossbar and lock it into place – you’ll see there’s a blue plastic hinge on the lower cross bar and the backboard should click into that hinge. This step is critical b/c the backboard must lock into place prior to using.

    • Teresa says:

      Hi, my name is Teresa. I have been doing these work outs for a month now. I am loving it!!! how about you?

  2. valerie thomas says:

    I’ve been doing Fluidity for 4 months now and can’t say enough about it.
    I’m 59 and a lifelong exerciser. For the past 25 years I’ve done free weights..a basic, split-system bodybuilding routine, plus walking.

    In the last few years however, my fibromyalgia, which I’ve had for 30 years, has worsened, as has my osteoarthritis. The list of things I can do has gotten shorter. Chronic pain causes me to chose my exercise method carefully for the best results. I don’t have tons of energy or endurance.

    I’ve found that Fluidity is ideal for my conditions.In the beginning, I had to be in bed the day after my first workouts, but I knew it would be tough at first and that I’d have a lot of pain, so I kept going. I’m now up to Intermediate level, and no longer have to be laid up the entire next day! If I’m experiencing a flareup of my condition, I will go back to the beginner workout for a bit. My energy level is better and my stamina has improved tremendously, too. Much of my fibromyalgia pain is down the back of my body, so it was easy to let those muscles atrophy to avid pain, but I know that if I do that, I’ll hurt even more. Fluidity targets those muscles better than anything, (while sparing my poor old knee, which I’m coddling in order to avoid a replacement.

    When I was young, I danced, and I was also an EMT for a few years, so I know my anatomy and Fluidity is brilliant in it’s design and execution.

    I can’t tell you how much I like this training method and how grateful I am to have discovered it. Thank you so much!
    Val Thomas

    • You’re very welcome! And thank you for sharing. We love to hear it!

    • Karen Converse says:

      Just got my bar, thank you for addressing the issues with fibromyalgia while holding out the hope for others of us that this is a doable form of exercise to keep us functional

    • Cheri Crank says:

      I too have firbomyalgia and so much back pain… severely obese too, so I don’t really do anything. I just ordered the fluidity bar and reading this post confirms that I think I may have chosen well. I am hoping I will have finally found something that works.

  3. Toni says:

    I have a question: How do I know if I am using the proper posture. I have just received my fluidity bar and am not really sure if i am holding myself in the proper position. I have reviewed the video but still am not sure. also, while I was working out I felt pain in my knee. Does that mean I am doing something wrong. I have not been exercising so I am out of shape and this is harder than it looks. I am, however, up for the challenge. Help please
    Toni

  4. wendy rothberg says:

    I am unable to keep the bar at this time. My husband is very sick in the hospital and I have to be there with him. I need an address as to where the bar is to be returned. Thank you for your understanding. Wendy Rothberg, 59 Walpole Street, Canton Ma 02021 !-781-727-5922, Sept. 18, 2010

  5. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is
    added I get several e-mails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thank you!

  6. Valerie Thomas says:

    Hey! Fluidity is way harder than it looks, so take it easy at the start and if you need to, follow the lowest level of beginner for awhile, while you listen to the instructions. It will take your body awhile to learn the new movements.
    Keep your knees bent, and if the cross legged floor stretch bothers your knee, or the stretch at the barre, modify it. My own knee is half gone from arthritis,(in fact I am on a cane now from some ill advised cardio), but in the year I have done this workout, I have not re-injured it once. Just be careful and go slowly. For the time being, simply remember to keep your hips square to the floor when you do foldover seat work and don’t let the hip with the raised leg tilt up toward the ceiling.
    When I began Fluidity, I was very fit from other kinds of training but the intermediate level of the beginner workout destroyed me! Now I am at the middle version of the advanced workout. I also have fibromyalgia and am laid up quite often, but even if I am bedridden, I crawl out twice a week to do my workout. If I can do this, you can too! Good luck!

    • Tammie says:

      Hello ,
      I have read what your story..Maybe I was ment to see it..I really don’t know but, I did..
      It was the story I needed to see. I am waiting for the arrival of my Fluidity bar anyday now.
      I have Rheuamtoid Arthritis , Osteo Arthritis, Lupus, ( SLE ). My back is shot..I knew if I did not try something I was going to lose all my abilities to do much of anything. I have sever pain…Oh , I do mean pain..I really can relate with your illness.
      I have been working out doing pilates and weights…etc..I can tell it is working some..but, not the way I need it too. I have to reshape my body…My muscles have not been used in years..I thought I was not able too.. I would just hurt myself..the doctor’s told me to start to exercise as much as I can stand.. I know I cannot do as much as I once could..I have a bad knee also.I have to modify exercises..I am trying so hard…I hope this Fluidity Bar will help me in what I need to do …I need to get my muscles working again ..yet…I need stability also..Is this something that the Fluidity Bar will help me with?
      I would like to see how you are doing and stay in touch with you..maybe we can help each other.There are so many days that I am bed ridden ..You are certainly someone who will make someone feel like they can keep going even if they are having health issues..You sound very strong and determined…so hope to hear back from you…e mail is tammie1026@peoplepc.com

      Tam

      • Jeanette says:

        I also have FMS. I just ordered my Fluitidy bar. I am also out of shape because of this illness, so I was wondering if the bar helps you.

  7. Ruby says:

    I just received my fluidity bar as a gift and I started using it this week. I am very exited to see a transformation in my body. I will post my progress soon!!

  8. JayBird says:

    Will the Fluidity equipment/system work for a sedentary, overweight, 65-year old male, and will it help reduce the embarrassing man-boobs that being overweight & sedentary have created?

  9. Karen says:

    About how many calories can you burn doing fluidity at the various levels?

    • While we have not yet studied the number of calories burned in a typical Fluidity workout, you can generally expect to burn 300-400 calories per hour. It’s important to know that the number of calories that you burn is dependent on your body mass (i.e. muscle burns more calories than fat); to that end, Fluidity builds lean muscle, and this in turn, will help you to burn more calories.

  10. GinGin says:

    i wanted to know if this program work on your calf muscles as well.

  11. mary says:

    Hello – am considering this to help strenghen my back and core. But I have a bulging disc. Have been doing some beginning yoga, walking, and core back excercises but need to take it up a notch and have something I can do at home. Thanks

    • mary says:

      oh and actually i am considering either this or the Pilates Reformer machine. But this at least looks easier to get out of the way in my small room if need be

      • The Fluidity Bar was designed for stability and portability so it will fit into very small spaces! When open for use, its footprint is 43″W x 76″L (with the mat fully extended), and when closed for storage, it’s 43”W x 33”L x 4”H. It also rolls on wheels so you can easily store it in a closet or behind a dresser.

    • Typically, people with herniated disks can move in one direction and not the other. If you have pain when you bend forward, you have a disk that is bulging out the front. If you have pain when you bend back, you have a disk that is bulging out the back. In Fluidity, that’s ok as you can work in the direction you can. In Fluidity, we stand up and strengthen the body by stacking the inner unit in a neutral pelvis position thereby protecting the disks while strengthening the entire back line of the body which will help to prevent your spine from collapsing on itself. That said, we must always recommend that you consult your physician prior to see if this workout is right for you.

  12. Hey Mary; I’ve begun PT for a total knee replacement I had on Jan 2nd. My therapist is a Pilates instructor and says Fluidity is fabulous and I should do whatever I feel up to doing whenever I want to..a testament to how gentle it is, even while it kicks your ass. There are moves the Fluidity staff can point you to that are as effective as work on the reformer. I had a herniated disc in the past, but it no longer shows up on images or bothers me..probably because of the core and back strength I’ve gotten from fluidity. I have no spinal pain at all any more.
    I did my first post-op fluidity workout 2 days ago..19 days post-op..stitches still in, still taking heavy meds, but it did not bother the prosthesis at all. Obviously I didn’t do any of the stretches that involved crossing legs, and I still can’t bend it completely in half, but even so got a wonderful workout and feel like ME again.

    • nancy says:

      Hi Valerie,
      I have osteoarthritis of the knees, is this very difficult to use? I have trouble getting down or up on my knees, I am currently taking shots for this, very painful. .

      • Hi there Nancy ; You poor lil’ gal!..I was in the same boat as yourself, but I was still able to do Fluidity with no problem, since there is almost no knee bending,,just some gentle pulsing from whatever level of flex is comfortable. Now, there are some stretches I wasn’t able to do, so I substituted one or two that didn’t hurt my knee, instead. I credit the workout with giving my old knee about another year of use in fact, because it strengthened the small muscles surrounding the joint. My left leg didn’t bend or cross though, and I also took shots for a couple years ,until they started making things worse. Osteopathy also provided some relief, but finally the joint was just completely collapsed and my option was be disabled or replace the joint..so here I am..on my third week of recovery with my brand new bionic joint!

        The only real difficulty I can foresee for you with the Fluidity system( I swear, why don’t they just hire me..I get them a ton of customers! ) is getting up or down from the mat, but you can actually make it part of your upper body training, by using the bar and your arms to lift yourself, until you feel you can use your knees/legs to go the rest of the way.( I’m no expert, I’m just speaking as an enthusiast, mind you.)

        Also each of the three levels of workout has a beginner, intermediate and advanced version of it..it’s 9 levels of difficulty very nuanced.

      • Sandy says:

        Hi Nancy, I’ve been watching the fluidity infomercials for a while now and really want to try it but hesitate because I have issues (serious) with my knees as well. Thought I’d check out The Barre to see if anyone else had tried fluidity with bad knees. Curious, looks like you’ve been on the program for a year now (hope you still visit the blog site) and I’m wondering if you are achieving the results you wanted and how your knees are doing today?

        Would you reply to ssikorski321@hotmail.com if you read this?

        Thanks for any advice you can offer.

        Sandy

  13. mary hunter says:

    Hi Valerie – thanks for your reply. So you didnt hurt your knee on the Fluidity did you ? I’m guessing you did not. So you think this system would do well to strengthen my back? How would I get in touch with someone on the staff to lead me to the specific moves you mention. Did you start with the fludity because of your back problems? And I guess the Reformer would be good too – just depends on how much space one has. This is a hard decision for me. I’ll have to bite the bullet and try one!

  14. Hi Mary; No no! I didn’t hurt my knee doing Fluidity..I injured it 45 years ago and had a botched first surgery at that time. I’ve had a bum leg all my life that I was partly able to hide by building the muscle as much as possible and doing most things on my good leg. It didn’t fully bend or fully straighten. But! Since many Fluidity exercises are done standing ,on a slightly flexed leg..it was perfect for my disability, being frozen in the ideal position!

    I had back problems and neck problems through my 20’s and 30’s from a car crash, but maintained my fitness with weight training and lots of chiropractic. My main ailment has been the Fibromyalgia that sailed in on the heels of my first surgery. When one leg is shorter than the other, you stand and walk funny and eventually you are a mass of chronic pain, so it’s been quite a slog for most of my life.

    I changed over to Fluidity after 23 years of bodybuilding, because the knee and the Fibro were both getting worse. Most of my fibro pain pain is in the center of my back and my shoulders and I had to quit everything I was doing, including my jobs as an EMT and an Animal Rescue worker and until the surgery, was usually forced by pain to rest. Fluidity was so easy on me that for most of last year I would literally get out of bed, do my workout and go right back to bed. When I got to the hospital for my surgery, they were amazed at my level of strength and fitness, so that says a lot.

    With your back, you will find that the exercises will wake the muscles up and make them do some work, but since none of the movements are risky it won’t stress your bones..it simply trains the muscles along their natural lines of function. So, you might be like me and the day after you train, the big muscles in the small of your back on either side of your spine will feel sore, but you won’t “throw it out” the way you do now and it won’t be that awful “injured” soreness.. In no time, your back will be stronger than it’s ever been, bet you anything!

  15. mary hunter says:

    Hi Valerie. So I’m wondering why the system is now $479.00 when it has been much lower. I’ve seen articles online of it costing as little as 150-250? Do you know if they’ve made improvements to it or something?

  16. Gee, Mary, I wasn’t aware the price had gone up..but I know I got mine during a time they had a special..I think it was around $300.00 and included the ball, resistance bands and 2DVDs.
    I’m sure one of the staff will reply to this..but it could just be an old fashioned price increase.( I know used sets are available on Ebay at times and someone also mentioned Amazon but I bought mine directly from the company during the sale..

  17. Hi Tam..just wanted you to know I emailed..Voxval is the username, so check your spam if you didn’t get it.

  18. mary says:

    Thanks Valerie for your reply. I really appreciate the information you’ve given me thus far. I guess the bottom line is it’s not necessarily about the money, but which system, the reformer or the fluidity, will help me get my back and core stronger faster and as safely as possible with regard to my back, ie. the least chance I could re-injure it again. The reformer will take up more room and be more cumbersome to move, etc., but I could make it work. What are your thoughts on this comparison? Thanks in advance.

  19. Susan says:

    I am looking forward to getting my Fluidity. I ordered it on 1/24/20103. I had major surgery almost 2 yrs ago on my ankle and have not been able to use my Spin Bike any more due to it causes my ankle/tendon to be come very inflamed and takes up to 5 weeks to settle down. So per my Dr I needed to find something that would not cause this aggravation of the tendon.

  20. Alaine says:

    I too am looking forward to getting my Fluidity… apparently there is such a high response in orders I won’t be receiving mine as soon as I wanted. But when I do receive it, I am anxious to get started on it… I have heard so many great stories on transformations I just had to get it!

  21. Audrey says:

    Greetings to all! I just did my first workout with Fluidity and can tell that it is just what I needed I have fibromyalgia, lupus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) so it will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow! I hope I can walk! Anyway, I’m really excited about this workout! I have been sedentary for almost six years now, when I was first diagnosed, but I really hate what prednisone and no exercise has done to my once nicely toned body! I am determined to make this work for myself and feel better reading here that I am not the only one with chronic disease using this system! It is very hard to get up and down on the mat for me and the stretches in the last half of the beginner’s exercise video were challenging for me. I was happy to see that I was able to do the intermediate level of exercise on the first half of the video! I look forward to getting back in shape! Thank you, everyone, for sharing!

  22. Audrey says:

    Greetings, again! Just an update from yesterday, other than my normal morning stiffness, I awoke today with no problems! I was worried the first workout day would have me laying low for a day or two but I feel great! I know I might sound a bit crazy, but, I actually can feel my stomach starting to stay firm. I mean, it is obvious the workout was effective and I look forward to continued toning of my entire body! Is it possible to have such a quick response to the workout? I always thought I had good muscle memory but this is amazing! As much as I want to do another workout today, I think I might just do some stretching and continue tomorrow with a full workout with the video. I think I will do every other day for the first few weeks and then, hopefully, get into a regular daily workout since it makes me feel so great! Thanks, again, Fluidity!

  23. Congratulations! I’m one of the chronic ailment people, by the way, I have fibromyalgia and just had my left knee replaced in January.

    You’ll find that you may feel really awful the day after your first workouts, but it will pass and it will eventually not happen any more. Not only that, I was able to safely return to my workout only 3 weeks after my operation. I’m still healing, but my PT people were very enthusiastic about the workout and urged me to do what I could, in addition to their program.

    The great thing about Fluidity is that no matter how sick you are, there is always something you can manage to do to maintain and improve your present physical condition. Sometimes that barre is more like a crutch!

    My best friend has spondylosis..4 surgeries in 2 years, and she just ordered the system too so she can maintain what function and bone mass she has .
    Best of luck to you..don’t give up!

    • Debra Hipple Boinay says:

      @ Valerie Thomas….I have just ordered my Fluidity but thought I’d jump in here and ask a question. I, too, have Fibro and an U.S. Army knee, which was replaced in 2006. I was wondering how this would affect the Fibro and knee. I realize you posted this a year ago but am wondering if you’ve found a great deal of relief. We’re always told that exercise helps Fibro and obviously helps the joints, regardless if they are artificial or originals. If you don’t mind, I would appreciate if you would share your progress. As mentioned above, my knee was replace in 2006 and, even with a year of therapy, never had more than 90% range of motion. Last fall I spent several months in England and Portugal, and have lived in Germany. People in Europe are extremely healthy and par to of that is due to the fact that they walk everywhere. I did feel much better while there; lost about 20 pounds and gained about 5% in range of motion of my knee. I’ve rambled on and on just to ask how using Fluidity has improved your Fibro and knee. Thanks so much. Debra Boinay….

  24. Kerry says:

    I just got the fludity bar and I don’t know how often I’m supposed to use it. The directions aren’t very good. Any ideas? Thank you.

    • Jennifer says:

      WOW! so I just received my Fludity and done the beginner dvd.
      I totally fill it!
      The dvd says to do two to three times a week,but can u do it more often or would just following the directions be better?
      I also log on myfitnesspal so how many calories do u burn doing this program.

  25. Ashley says:

    Hello Everyone!

    I am 26 years old and have been a life long equestrian and athlete as well as training top tier working and protection dogs for a living (an extremely physical job). However I do tend to bulk up very easily (I used to joke that I put on muscle just by looking at a hand weight), and while I understand the benefits of being muscular, it just looks funny on my otherwise petite 5′ 3″ frame.

    I have several injuries resulting from being thrown (or, errr, falling) off horses as well as from the rigors of training strong big animals, the worst one being a kink in my neck that reappears frequently. I also have Crohn’s disease (normally looked upon as a digestive disorder but is actually an auto immune issue) that has begun to affect my joints in a way similar to rheumatoid arthritis.

    While I have been a long time kundalini yoga practioner (one of the few things I found to help the inflammation in my joints and the pains in my neck and back) I was fascinated by the idea of the fluidity work out. So I ordered it at the beginning of this year and am now on my 2nd week of working out with fluidity and I have already lost an inch on my waist, hips and thighs. My joints feel great, and aren’t in pain during the workout and my neck and back feel supple and stretched. I even think my posture is improving (very important to the equestrian).

    I was truly amazed at how much my muscles were worked after such a short period of time and I was thrilled to be sore in places that I am not usually sore. And though the workout (even the first few workouts when I stayed at the beginner level to ensure I was staying in the correct position) kicked my butt and I felt really noodly afterward, I certainly didn’t feel like I had to kill myself in order to get there … it is so nice to see quick results from a workout that is actually nice to you! I can’t wait to see what my body looks like in a month!!! I can hardly put down the measuring tape! :)

    • Great to hear! Fluidity will definitely improve your posture because you’re training/strengthening your body in a neutral pelvis position (most of us are not typically in a neutral pelvis position) and strengthening the back line of your body. And because you’re working against the resistance of just your own body weight and the Bar, you’ll develop LEAN muscle and a more proportionate, longer looking body. Keep us posted on your results!

  26. Nancy says:

    I ordered my fluidity bar from HSN. It should arrive by 3/21. Reading all the comments generates is generating a great deal of excitemnet! I have been searching for a piece of exercise equipment that I can use before or after work. I’ll be adding my comments….

  27. Alison says:

    Is there a place on the website that shows breaking down the positions?

  28. alison says:

    Your response did not answer my question. The video that comes with the fluidity bar does not show in any type of detail how your form should be when doing the different moves. Is there a place on the website with more details???

    • Hey Allison..I haven’t been on here in a while but your question was in my mail folder. In my own experience with Fluidity, the best way top learn the moves is just to do them the best you can at first and really listen to Michelle’s verbal instruction, especially about neutral pelvis and about keeping your hips level when raising your leg behind you for seat work. It took me a couple weeks to learn the moves really get my form in line. One tip; if you adjust your position and it makes the exercise harder..you got it!

  29. alison says:

    Thank you for your getting back with me. Nuetral pelvis? not sure if I doing it right. I have navel in, pelvis tilted out and tailbone tucked under?

  30. Hmm…that sounds more like the pelvic tilt position.

    You know during warmup when you swivel from side to side..the “dancey” part, opening and closing your arms while you tilt the pelvis? The part where you go back to starting position in the center and essentially do nothing except hold your navel in, that’s “neutral pelvis” ..like putting a manual transmission into neutral gear..kind of relaxed. Does that help?

    • Mary Bishop says:

      Hi Valerie, I just got my fluidity bar before my surgery and haven’t set it up yet. I’m 10 days post kidney donor surgery. Do most of the exercises involve the pelvic muscles? I’m got a 3 inch incision below my navel. I go back to the surgeon next Tuesday, maybe I should ask them. However, you offer some great advice to others I thought I would ask you. Thanks
      Mary

      • Hi Mary; Aren’t you a wonderful human being to donate a kidney!!! I hope you are on the mend..you must be, if you are looking at your bar already.

        Definitely wait to get your doctor’s okay before you begin. If you are only 10 days post op, you will still be healing on a deep level and you need your energy for that right now!

        Even when you get the all clear,you will probably want to ease into the workout..maybe not do abs right at first, etc. See what she says first…and until then just rest..maybe a bit of walking to get your strength back. I got a whole new knee in january and I’m just now feeling like me again.
        Best of luck with your healing..and thanks for being awesome! Val.

  31. I just got my fluidity system, and so far have done 2 workouts, a couple of days apart. Is it normal to have knee pain in the beginning? It’s hours after the workout that the knees hurt, not during. I’m thinking that as the muscles build the pain will stop following the workouts?

    I’m so surprised that I’m seeing some solid results after just 2 sessions, and my lower back pain has improved tremendously!

    • Hello. average person on the street here, just weighing in on your question. I had that too when I began and it’s probably just what you think it is..the small knee muscles having new loads placed on them. I just had my right knee totally replaced 3 months ago, but I did this workout on the old horrible knee for the whole year I was waiting for my surgery. It helped a lot, since the stronger muscles held the damaged joint in place better, and nothing in the workout aggravated the existing problem.
      If you are geting the soreness only after the session, I’m betting it’s just the training soreness, but if you get any swelling or sharp pain, then obviously see your Doctor to rule out any injury.

      • Thanks Valerie! I ended up google-ing “knee pain after workout,” and found some stretches that helped a little. You are right,– it has improved a bit and the pain seems to lessen as I continue to do the fluidity workouts.. Also the lower back pain I’ve struggled with for years is gone – and the hips muscles that were starting to bug me no longer give me trouble either! Thanks for taking the time to share the info. :)

  32. Jennifer says:

    JUST RECIEVED FLUDITY BAR ..LOVE IT!
    ALSO ITS ALOT HARDER THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE..
    HOW MANY CALORIES DO U BURN DURING A WORKOUT?

    • While we have not yet studied the number of calories burned in a typical Fluidity workout, you can generally expect to burn 300-400 calories per hour. It’s important to know that the number of calories that you burn is dependent on your body mass (i.e. muscle burns more calories than fat); to this end, Fluidity builds lean muscle, and this in turn, will help you to burn more calories. Good luck. It will changes your body like no other workout can!

  33. Diane McMichael says:

    Just did my first fluidity workout. It was harder than it looked on tv. I have pain in my right knee and hip. I hoping to stretch those muscles and loss weight. I’m 66 years old and looking for mild non aerobic eexercises to get me in shape and feeling stronger. Do you think this will help me to reach my goal? Diane

    • I’m 60 Diane, with a host of things amiss with me and I can say it most definitely will help you reach your goals! You may have some iliotibial band tightness, since that’s a band of tissue that stretches from the crest of your hip bone and down the side of your leg and knee, and can cause pain in both places. If that’s the case, the stretches in the workout will help a lot over a period of time.
      If you do the workout you will be very strong and fit, for sure and the added muscle will boost your metabolism, so you can’t lose! Good luck!

  34. Hi,
    I just put my Fluidity bar together and the directions say that the bar should be 2″ below your hips. But when I watch the video, it looks like everybody has their bar at a much higher level. I’m 5’4″ and have set it at the fifth notch (I’m not high or low-waisted). Any thoughts on this? Thanks so much!

  35. I teach bellydance and was taught using the concept of proper dance posture and alignmment. I never took ballet but of course became aware of ballet movements in my bellydance instruction. I must say that fluidity takes the guess work out of having a portable dance bar that is reliable. Thanks!

  36. mitzi says:

    I just ordered my Fluidity bar and I am so excited after I read all these messages. Valerie, you are a wealth of information. I have herniated L5/S1 and my core and back muscles need to be strengthened. I do cardio workout 4x a week: zumba, spinning class, elliptical and occasional jog on the treadmill, but I need some strengthening exercises. I thought Fluidity will help ease my back issues. And I am almost 52 years old.

  37. Hey Mitzi! I’m just another fan, but yay for you too! This system is just the best for strengthening the back of the body. I went back into the weight room last week for the first time in a year. I’m re-building my skinny quadricep in the wake of my recent knee replacement this January. Last year all I did was Fluidity, so I was mighty pleased to find that I have not lost one iota of strength! I picked up my normal poundages and was fine. Even pullups on the Gravitron..same setting.
    This was hugely comforting for to me because I always have a big flare up of Fibromyalgia after every workout, but especially with pumping iron, so knowing Fluidity keeps me in the same shape, with less post-training pain is great news!
    Also my best friend has a degenerative spinal disease which has attacked her neck and lumbar spine. She started Fluidity last month , and not only can she do the workout but she has less pain. Good luck!!!

    • mitzi says:

      Valerie, I got my bar 3 weeks ago and I started with beginner, at first I could not even lift myself off the sitting position. I did my 7th workout last night and I can feel I am getting stronger and my herniated disks, pain has improved. I can actually stand longer with minimal hip pain. I think the stretching is really working for my back. I can even stretch with my feet up on the bar now!

  38. Colette says:

    Ok, where do I start? When you said on an infomercial “just give me one year, and you will see the difference fluidity makes” (or something like that), I said “alright, one year”! I am 52 years old and have worked out for 31 years … aerobics, weight lifting, etc. and have NEVER seen the results that I have gotten using the fluidity! It will be one year in June that I gave up every other type of exercise (except I do walk every morning), and I am blown away by my results! When I first started last June (2012), I couldn’t do any of the flat back, pretzel or fluidity abs … now I am advanced in some, intermediate in others, and am still doing beginner in even others. I can never say enough about the results I’ve seen in my body! Thank you soooo much for introducing this to all of us!

  39. Cathy says:

    I just got my fluidity bar today and I am so anxious to start using it tomorrow. I also have fibromyalgia, as many of you have. I have had surgery on my neck a few years ago and have recently developed lower back pain as well. The lower back pain is really getting me down. I know I need to strenghten the muscles in my back and I am hoping the fluidity bar is just the exercise I have been looking for that I can stick with and doesn’t cause me more pain. After reading all of your posts I am confident I have found what I’ve been looking for! I am so excited to get started!

  40. Patricia says:

    I just received my Fluidity bar last week and have completed three workouts at the beginner level and it’s a challenge for me! I am 52, super out of shape and have put on 15 pounds in the last year alone; ugh! I think it will take me quite some time to work up from beginner to intermediate but at least I’ll know when I’ve made progress if I can do that. LOL when I can make it thru the Beginner workout in full I’ll know I’ve made progress. I am counting on this to work as I am at the end of my rope and must get my old body (or even better body!) back. I am going to stay tuned to this page for encouragement!

  41. Kerri T says:

    I just started my Fluidity work outs but when I am doing the reps, I feel it more in the opposite side than the side I am working. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Noooo! You will feel it in your standing leg, big-time..often worse than the one you are “working”. That’s because every part of you is engaged in each exercise. You’re doing just fine!

  42. Hello, I just got started using the Fluidity Bar a month ago, and am looking forward to what this will bring to my life. I had been working out at a gym, taking kickboxing classes, and using weights, but with my work schedule, my age and the intensity of the workouts, I have had to make a change. I am encouraged by the comments I have read here…..I pray and hope this will finally help me reach my fitness goals.

  43. Lisa says:

    I ordered my Fluidity Bar on HSN and have been doing my workouts 2-3 (mostly 2) times a week and really enjoy the Intermediate workout, I also try to get in 1-2 mile walks 3-4 times a week. I measured myself when I started and re-measured after a month, I didn’t have any reduction except for my thighs which was about a half inch, and haven’t lost any weight if anything I’ve gained a 1-2 pounds, is that normal? I wasn’t overweight but definitely want to tone up and not gain bulky muscle weight. When I ordered the fluidity I got it mainly because of my health issues, perimenopause, osteopenia and osteoporosis at 46 years old :(, and also have thyroid issues and adrenal fatigue that makes it difficult to do cardio because those types zap my energy for the rest of the day. This looked like it would definitely help with the bone issues and give me a good workout without the extreme energy loss. I also have trouble doing some of the arm workout, I have a mystery problem with my right shoulder-rotator cuff that doesn’t seem to be getting better, I do what I can with the right arm and just skip what is too painful. Just wondering if my results after one month are normal and if the ab workout is enough to tone a poochy area or if you have other workouts that would target the abs more. Thanks so much!

  44. Kristin says:

    I’ve had my Fluidity bar for about 2 weeks. I’ve done about 7 sessions. When I look at all of the success stories on the website, I’m curious about how long it took for some of these ladies to see results. I know results vary from person to person, but I would like to know on average, how many sessions until significant results are found?

    • Hi Kristen! Give yourself lots of downtime between sessions..you gain muscle when you are resting, not during the actual workout.

      I got, and still get, fabulous results with 2 sessions a week.

      I’ve been doing Fluidity for 2 years now, and as I recall, I saw results in about 12 sessions. No weight loss…I am always the same weight, but my butt lifted a good 2 inches and everything tightened up.

      The first year I did beginners for 2 months, then intermediate for quite awhile.

      This year I had total knee replacement in January.I’m still recovering, but I have been doing the advanced workout, even so, for about 8 months.
      good luck!

  45. Patricia says:

    I have been using Fluidity for over six weeks, 3-4x/week without fail. While I feel better, I have not experienced any weight loss or noticed any changes in the way my clothes fit. I figure it has to be better than doing nothing — but wish my results mirrored some of those I’ve read about. However I do plan on giving it an entire year — I’ll be paying for it just about that long! I will just keep plugging along and be patient…and believe!

  46. Bear in mind that you will gain muscle when you do these workouts which may change the scale a bit. Also, I think I am not alone when I eat more, thinking I just had this great workout, so it will be okay. Not okay. Sigh. I am sixty year old, post menopausal, with the metabolism of a rock. Even losing two pounds takes forever and a day, but the workout is still the best one I have ever done and I’ve been in the gym for decades.

  47. Andrea Lamb says:

    I have had my fluidity system for well over a year and did it sporadically. I tried other programs and have had no results. I purchased my fluidity system from hsn or qvc I can’t remember which one. I have the bar, stretch DVD, beginner, intermediate, and advanced DVDs, the ball, and the bands. What I am interested in is a calendar or schedule along with a meal plan to maximize results and get on a regular routine using my whole fluidity system. Also I saw your informercial today and that is what sparked a renewed interest. It says to do two 30 minute workouts a week. Which workouts are you referring to? I was not able to find answers to my questions on your website. Thank you for any direction you can provide.

  48. valerie says:

    Hi Andrea..maybe I can help you..I’ve been doing Fluidity for 2 years now. The workouts they refer to are the ones on the DVD..do 2 of those a week, whether it’s Beginner ,Intermediate or Advanced. EAch level also has 3 levels of difficulty you can choose from. I did the middle-difficulty level for each one.. and I’m on the Advanced workout now. Fluidity also has some actual classes that are longer available on another DVD, if you ever master advanced.
    Personally, I recommend 2 days rest between sessions because you get stronger and build muscle when you are recovering, not during the actual workout. So, for example, you could work out Monday and Thursday. If you miss one, but have been training steadily, you can usually go about 10 days without losing any conditioning, so it’s not an excuse to stop!!
    Meal plan..not sure, though I seem to remember the booklet that came with the bar had a sample plan. Maybe someone else can help you with that..but I hope this is a start!

  49. Nanci Fruman says:

    Just wondering if any of the Fluidity exercises could actually be harmful to bulging lumbar discs?

  50. Candice Terri says:

    I’m actually ordering mine, right now !

  51. Hi Sandy! I just got your question/comment in my mailbox and thought I would respond to both you and Nancy.
    I have one prosthetic knee and one original knee which, like the rest of me, is 61 years old.
    I had been a bodybuilder for decades and when my old knee got too worn to do much of anything, including walking, I transitioned to Fluidity, which I’ve now been doing for 3 years. The workout saw me right up to my surgery, and about 3 weeks after I was able to do a very modified workout, with steady improvement over the year it took me to heal. Now my operated leg is once again the same size as the other one.

    I don’t have a lot of range of motion in the new knee..maybe 100 degrees( complications from surgery) and I can’t kneel on it yet( normal). Ergo, I can’t cross my legs, and there are a couple of stretches that I must modify. Luckily, with some ingenuity, Fluidity can be done without kneeling, you just haul yourself up from the floor with your arms and the barre.

    I can reassure both of you that nothing in this workout will harm your knees any further, and it will actually strengthen all the small supportive muscles around the joint to give as much support as possible. Right now I am doing one of the NYC class workouts..which is kicking my butt, but also making it gorgeous!
    I hope this helps.
    Best; Val

  52. Comments arrive in my box in strange order, so I don’t know if Jeanette got an answer to her query?

    Anyway, Jeanette, I have had Fibromyalgia for 25 years, after a bad bout of Lyme disease.

    Even though I am frequently forced to rest in bed and can’t do a lot of the things I used to do because of pain, I always manage to do my Fluidity workout. Sometimes, like today, I will be in bed most of the day, but then I take a bunch of Tylenol and Advil, get up, do the workout, shower or soak in the tub..and go right back to bed.
    It’s so important, because maintaining my strength and muscle mass is my only sure defense against deteriorating and letting the pain win. I figure, I hurt anyway, I might as well be in good shape!

  53. Jeanette says:

    I love the way you think! Thank you so much:)

  54. Michell says:

    Thank you for applying free time in order to create “About Fluidity Fitness
    | Fluidity Community”. Thank you so much again -Gregorio

  55. Karen says:

    Can you use the Barre and exercises without taking the supplements and de tox stuff.

    • Yes. We recommend our Detox and Weight Loss System as a great way to accelerate your Bar results especially if you are looking to lose weight, but it is definitely not a requirement! If you do the Fluidity workout, it will change your body in ways no other workout can.

  56. Mary Campbell says:

    I have had by bar for over a year — did the workout only a couple of times due to lack of workout space.
    I care for my mother and over the past two years have seen a gradual decline in my body. I am stiffer so bending and doing simple chores like sweeping cause me pain. My back aches most of the time and I am having pain in my legs.
    When I left the chiropractor last night, I vowed to MAKE ROOM for the Fluidity Bar and do the beginner routine.
    I am thankful for this site. Having the support of professionals AND current users will be wonderful!

  57. You go ,Mary! I care for my Mom as well, and I have wicked fibromyalgia, some arthritis in my spine and an artificial knee, installed last year.
    I’ve been doing Fluidity for over 3 years now and am currently doing one of the New York Class workouts..but I started with beginners and it was a real challenge. I figured..I’m in pain anyway..I might as well be in shape and stave off further deterioration.
    I am currently in some of the best shape of my life..at 61 years old..and I say this having been in the gym for the past 25 years.
    Nothing has been as gentle, injury proof, or effective as Fluidity. It is also very very difficult..don’t fool yourself. There is no exercise method that will not feel like exercise , but this is time well spent.
    That barre won’t do anything for you unless you use it though! If you are in very woeful shape, just do part of the workout, then rest and do the remainder. Even now, if I am not well, i will do the lower body half of my NY Class and then either rest and complete it later, or do the other half the next day. Other times, I sail through the entire workout with no problem.
    All I can say is, it is worth the effort, and by maintaining what you have, you will avoid a world of problems up the line!

  58. Hi Debra! Thank you so very much for your military service..you rock!

    I wish I could say that Fluidity will eliminate the Fibro..but nothing seems to do that, does it? Lord knows I have tried everything in the world to no avail..but I have to say that the workout is very efficient and effective and keeps me in great shape.. in spite of the Fibromyalgia. I get to the point where i am reluctant to move at ALL sometimes, knowing what comes after, so my workouts have been lifesavers, in terms of bang for my buck and keeping my endorphins pumping.
    In terms of the knee, I found it really ,really helpful. It has built my quad back up in record time and the workout definitely helps with the healing pain I still have, as the new bone grows around the implant.
    I don’t have great ROM either with the new knee, probably about 100 degrees on a good day, but it is great for walking..in fact my fibromyalgia pain is what is likely to stop me walking, not the knee..so I am very happy I went through everything to have it done. I think that’s great that you got some additional ROM so recently..it gives me hope!
    Anyway, I hope this helps..please feel free to ask anything else I might not have addressed.

  59. Jeanette says:

    Hi. I have severe FMS and I wax wondering if you had heard of he Pain Coach on webmd. It’s an app free for iPhone that hAs really helped me manage the pain, given me tons if wisdom and has skis allowed me to identify triggers. I was also wanting to recommend boswellia extract. A natural anti-inflammatory in a product I use called fibroplus. I use it during the day and it helps me beyond words. It also gives me energy. I broke my neck in a car accident and also have PTSD which is a bug cause of the FMS but the most awesome thing iced taken is the natural fibroplus. 20.00 last me a month in product and I double up in the winter. I just wanted to recommend it to you. Blessings! Oh, not sold in stores. Created by a lovL physical therapist inBoerne Texas. I’ve tried everything but this product is awesome and safe.

  60. Jeanette! You rock! Thanks so much for this info..I JUST started using boswellia myself..isn’t that funny? I’m using it in conjunction with Tumeric root, which I juice. The Tumeric does wonders for my arthritis..(also from a bad car crash as well as Chronic Lyme), and I have absolutely noticed a reduction in my pain. I also cut out caffein and that helps too. I am stoked to check out the Pain Couch as well. You are such a dear for remembering me and passing on this information..thank you again. I’ll see if I can get fibroplus online.xo

  61. Annnnd, I just ordered a big bucket of Fibro Plus! I’ll let you know how I do!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • Fluidity Archives

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,323 other followers

%d bloggers like this: