At Home Fitness: ActivMotion Bar Review

ActivMotion Bar

Through my relationship with Fit Approach as a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I was recently given the opportunity to try out a new fitness tool called the ActivMotion Bar.  

As most of you know who read my blog regularly, I only workout from home and pretty much collect fitness equipment- which I actually use. I swear I am not one of those that lets that stuff collect dust. 

So when I was given the opportunity to try out and add a new tool to my collection, I was PUMPED especially because the ActivMotion Bar is unlike any other fitness bar out there.  

What makes it different? It’s filled with rolling steel weights which are always moving so it not only strengthens your core with each exercise but it also helps to improve your balance and stability.  

Essentially, the rolling steel weights in the ActivMotion Bar create variable resistance which causes you to engage both your mind and muscle with each movement.  This is something I am familiar with as I practice dynamic variable resistance exercises in many of my workouts with the sandbag which uses a similar concept. 

ActivMotion Bar

 The ActivMotion Bar comes in five different weight sizes, ranging from 6 lbs to 18 lbs and every bar comes with the Foundation Builder and Progressive Movement DVDs and are set up in a circuit-style format- which I absolutely love, by the way! 

ActivMotion Bar DVDs

 I was sent the 6 lb bar to test out and tried out both the Progressive Movement workout as well as the Dynamic Performance workout.  Each were only 30 minutes but don’t be fooled, they were quite effective.  

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What I loved most about the workouts is that I could actually feel the bar challenging my position with each exercise and movement as I did it- even with a 6 lb bar! Think about how hard speed skaters are in general, now add a bar with rolling steel weights- the instability of the weights literally forces you to engage your core and concentrate on your balance and stability.  

Take a look as I demonstrate speed skaters with the ActivMotion Bar in this video:

Other than the fact that it’s completely obvious that I’m much better behind the camera than in front of it, you can see how it takes traditional exercises up a notch and can literally hear the steel weights, or “balls” as I refer to them as, move! 

Here are some other examples of exercise movements that are included in the workouts I did: 

Sit Up Cross Toe Touch

ActivMotion Bar Sit Up Cross Touch

 The sit up cross toe touch starts in a sit up position then you rotate to touch the opposite foot with the bar, it’s a core burner for sure! 

Single Leg Hip Hinge 
ActivMotion Bar Single Leg Hip Hinge
My pictures don’t really do it justice but this single leg exercise is great for working on both balance, stability and coordination especially with the instability of the ActivMotion Bar which makes it even more challenging. 

You can check out more exercises here in their Movement Library that are specifically deigned  to utilize the rolling steel weights. 

Overall I really enjoyed incorporating the ActivMotion Bar into my fitness routine the last few weeks.  While the bar does make traditional moves more challenging, it is something that both beginners and pros can benefit from.  

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Since variable resistance training is something that I am already familiar with, I can speak to the fact that it is effective and really does work to strengthen your core and improve balance and stability.  I actually think I am going to invest in a few heavier bars just to challenge myself even more- I really enjoyed it that much! :) 

Do you workout from home? What is your favorite core exercise? 

This post was sponsored by ActivMotion Bar but as always, all opinions are my own.

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Mary Beth Jackson
Reply January 21, 2015

great review! this could be something I could actually use- it even recommends it for golfers! Is on-line the only place to find the bar?
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    Yes, it is a great exercise tool for golfers! I believe that it is only available on the site but I am not entirely sure. I haven't seen them listed anywhere else.

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply January 21, 2015

Great review! I am loving my Activmotion bar of the best core workouts. It is much harder than I ever expected!
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    I was also surprised at how challenging it is- definitely a great core abs are sore today! Can't wait to read your review! :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply January 21, 2015

We have a similar type of these bars at the gym they do make it more challenging to do typical exercises. I was thinking of getting one for my home gym to use with my trainer. Nice review-great video
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    Thanks! You should look into getting one- I think they are worth it and don't take up too much room! :)

Reply January 21, 2015

I work out from home all the time - don't have one of these yet, though! I also collect gym equipment - I'm like, "Can I do an exercise with it? - I'll take it!"
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    Haha YES! Pretty soon my whole house will be a gym with the rate I'm at! :P

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply January 21, 2015

I was super pumped about this thing too, and I wish I had a place to put it so that I could have reviewed it. Anything that is reactive is really going to push you to work harder, so I can imagine it is fabulous!
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    Aw boo- I wish you could have reviewed it too, I think you would really like it! It doesn't take up that much space, I keep it behind a door.

Reply January 21, 2015

Great video! Gotta love fun and interesting fitness gadgets! Anything that gets us moving is AOK in my book!
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    Exactly! It is definitely fun! :)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply January 21, 2015

I workout from home too. This looks like a great addition!
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    It definitely is- I am really happy I had the opportunity to review it!

Geek Fitness Beej
Reply January 21, 2015

That sounds awesome! For the past couple of years, I've been looking for something like this--especially since it comes a bit heavier than just a dowel. I wanted a sledge hammer and tractor tire, but I live in an apartment so that's kind of a no-go.

Seeing something like this means I'm adding it to my Amazon wishlist and making my wife roll her eyes while I'm upstairs slinging it around, pretending to be some kind of ninja. ;)

Seriously, thanks. I had no idea this existed, and I'm excited to try something like it.
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    Haha, I love the idea of using this ninja style!!! Honestly though, this is a great tool and it's really effective. I can absolutely feel the burn after the workout- definitely try it out if you get the chance :)

Reply January 21, 2015

I saw these before and always wanted to try one. I hear they are great for form and making sure you engage the right muscles. I really need to break down and get one this year!
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    They really do help to improve your form and engage your mind to work with your muscles- I would highly recommend purchasing one! :)

Katie @ Fit Life by Katie
Reply January 21, 2015

Ahhh I wanna try the bar. I love what you did with speed skaters. New workout idea! thanks :)
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    Thanks! Definitely try the bar out if you ever get the chance! :)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply January 21, 2015

Woohoo! Love it! I've been using my ActivMotion Bar too. It really opened my eyes to how much I need to work on my balance!
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    Variable resistance is super challenging- I would have struggled with it more if I wasn't workout out so hardcore with my sandbag lately.

Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
Reply January 21, 2015

I have to admit, when I first saw this I thought of the shake weight and thought it was gimmicky. But it seems like its actually a good tool to have!

    Reply January 21, 2015

    Hahaha I never even thought of it as a shake weight but really, it is very effective. Even the 6 lb weight is hard to balance with certain moves!

Jess @hellotofit
Reply January 21, 2015

I usually don't work out at home...maybe it's because I don't have a designated workout space, and it usually feels too warm in the house! Or perhaps because I work in the gym haha. That looks like a great tool, though! I had no idea that the bars had little rolling balls in it.
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    If I worked at a gym I would probably not think of adding equipment to my home either :P

Reply January 21, 2015

Wowza!! I can imagine how challenging those workouts are!! Way to rock it!
I'm usually not a home workout girl because I don't have a ton of equipment, but this one I would do! I bet it will help your running!! :)
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    It absolutely helps my running!!! What I love about this is not only how effective it is but how easy it is to store so you don't need a ton of space! Try it out if you ever get the chance :)

Angie @ A Mother's Pace
Reply January 21, 2015

How interesting! I've been curious about your review since seeing your photos on IG with the bar. I can see how this would add a lot to moves that are already in my strength rotation.
I always work out at home and I'm slowly adding to my home gym.
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Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply January 21, 2015

I love weighted bar workouts. I from time to time will teach an entire class just using them. People are always like but it's only 4-10 pounds and I chuckle and say JUST WAIT! They are great for workouts with lower body moves with an upper body toning included. I like to have people hold the bar in front and hand to hand move the bar up while holding a squat. It's a BURNER!
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Reply January 21, 2015

This sounds like an awesome piece of equipment that I want to add to my collection! I've seen your photos on Insta the past couple days and I've been waiting for your review. Such a cool concept!
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Michele @ A Pace of Balance
Reply January 21, 2015

I have been hearing about this. I can see how those rolling weights can really work the core! When I work out at home, I usually do some HIIT with body weight exercises. We recently got a couple of kettlebells too. Great video and review!
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Mary Long
Reply January 21, 2015

I really slack at core exercises! Other then planks now and then, I really don't do much. Even with yoga I have to remind myself to tighten my core which is key to balance anyway. This bar is something that I would like to try out. Great review!
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    Thanks, Mary! Core work is definitely important- I am sure you are strengthening it with yoga even when you don't realize it. You should definitely try the ActivMotion Bar out though if you ever get the chance!

Debbie Rodrigues
Reply January 21, 2015

We don't have much place in our apartment, but I have just enough room for some clean and jerks. ;)
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    Reply January 21, 2015

    Hahaha, woohoo! Love your video, btw! It was awesome!

Lauren @ Fun, Fit, and Fabulous!
Reply January 21, 2015

Wow! That is too cool! I have never seen one of those bars before. I would love to incorporate them into my workout. I feel like there could be so many fun things you could do with them!
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    Reply January 22, 2015

    I can't even tell you how much fun I had testing it out- definitely much harder than it looks too! :)

Megan @ outlawontherun
Reply January 22, 2015

That bar looks really cool! Yes, I do most of my strength training at home - I'm a traditional I guess because planks (though I do vary them) are my go-to core exercise.
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    Reply January 22, 2015

    Planks are pretty awesome- I need to start incorporating more of them into my workouts!

Reply January 22, 2015

Very cool!
I do all of my workouts at home, so I will totally be checking this out, thanks for the review!
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    Reply January 22, 2015

    It is a great tool to have at home- definitely check it out! :)

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply January 22, 2015

I run from home, but I am horrible about doing core work.
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    Reply January 22, 2015

    I think I would be worse about it if I hadn't been doing this stuff before running. I am terrible at stretching though, haha!

Beth @ Running with the Sunrise
Reply January 22, 2015

Sounds really interesting! I'll have to keep an eye out for the bar so I can try it out. I like throwing core work in with other exercises like yoga so I don't focus as much on the fact that I'm actually doing core work. I really love things like plank that work your entire core--that way you get done with your core work faster. ;)
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    Reply January 22, 2015

    This is definitely a tool you can use to work your core without really realizing you're doing it. You will definitely feel it after though ;)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply January 22, 2015

I am currently building up my own little home gym, but I don't have one of these. Definitely going to look in to it though, as I love the sound of it.
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    Reply January 22, 2015

    It is a great tool to have at home! :)

Lisa @ RunWiki
Reply January 23, 2015

I do workout from home and this looks really interesting to me. I generally have a routine that I follow and a few dvd's that I like, but I can really see myself using this system. Excellent review!
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    Reply January 23, 2015

    Thank you! I honestly love it and it is something that I will be incorporating into my regular workout routine! If you get the chance to try it or check it out, definitely do!

Reply January 23, 2015

I really want to try the ActivMotion bar :)

PS - I can't get your click to tweet to work???
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    Reply January 23, 2015

    If you have the chance to try it out, definitely do! It is a great workout!!!

    And that is strange, I just clicked on it and it seemed to work. I have been having issues getting pages to load this morning though so not sure what is going on!

Reply March 3, 2016

Hi, I much prefer to workout from home rather than the gym. This looks like a great piece of equipment....will add to my collection. Thanks for sharing!
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