What do we stand for

We only present information and analysis that we have done and tested by ourselves - no he said / she said.

We approach each analysis with no predisposition or prejudice, giving an equal opportunity to everything we test.

We strive to present those finding in the easy to understand and useful format - that could be equally useful for a beginner or a fitness professional.

We trust in analytical / statistical approaches with measurable outcomes and their implications.

We aim to provide you with a lot of exciting and useful information which will save you a lot of time, money and effort by clearly indicating which fitness items or methods work and which don't.

Ranking system

In order to make my reviews consistent, comparable and easy to understand, I developed a 1-5 marking system across 3 individual categories and the average of them (Value) - with the 5 being the highest and the 1 being the lowest. The actual categories are different between Items / Activities and Places / Classes:

Items / Activities


Price:

How much does this item or reviewed procedure cost per single item or single-use / procedure?

Effort:

The amount of time as well as the physical and mental effort required and discomfort endured to use this item or do reviewed procedure?

Impact

How effective is this item or reviewed procedure in delivering on its claims?

Value

How much impact can you expect for the money spent and effort committed to using reviewed item or procedure?
5 - <£10
4 - £10-25
3 - £25-50
2 - £50-100
1 - >£100
5 - < 10 minutes / minimal effort or no discomfort
4 - 10-15 minutes / little effort or minimal discomfort
3 - 15-30 minutes / significant effort or strong discomfort
2 - 30-60 minutes / hard effort or painful
1 - >60 minutes / very hard effort or borderline unbearable
5 - Strong effect and big difference before/after using this item or procedure
4 - Good effect, but feels like it still could be stronger
3 - Noticeable effect however not much difference versus before using this item or procedure
2 - Barely noticeable or borderline placebo effect
1 - Ineffective
5 - Extremely effective and a must-have item or procedure in your fitness arsenal
4 - Excellent item or procedure however with some weak sides
3 - Good item or procedure, which perhaps could be used selectively in addition to other ones
2 - Less effective or overpriced item or procedure - perhaps look elsewhere for a better alternative
1 - Simply speaking a fad or waste of money and time


Places / Classes


Price:

How much does this cost per single visit?

Space:

Location, facilities, atmosphere, add-ons

Equipment

Variety, quality, quantity, availability

Value

How much impact can you expect for the money spent and effort committed to using reviewed item or procedure?
5 - <£10
4 - £10-25
3 - £25-50
2 - £50-100
1 - >£100
5 - < 10 minutes / minimal effort or no discomfort
4 - 10-15 minutes / little effort or minimal discomfort
3 - 15-30 minutes / significant effort or strong discomfort
2 - 30-60 minutes / hard effort or painful
1 - >60 minutes / very hard effort or borderline unbearable
5 - Strong effect and big difference before/after using this item or procedure
4 - Good effect, but feels like it still could be stronger
3 - Noticeable effect however not much difference versus before using this item or procedure
2 - Barely noticeable or borderline placebo effect
1 - Ineffective
5 - Extremely effective and a must-have item or procedure in your fitness arsenal
4 - Excellent item or procedure however with some weak sides
3 - Good item or procedure, which perhaps could be used selectively in addition to other ones
2 - Less effective or overpriced item or procedure - perhaps look elsewhere for a better alternative
1 - Simply speaking a fad or waste of money and time