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Flabelos machines – or, as I like to call them, wobble boards.

vibrating plate

Hello fellow bloggers and guests. It’s Friday and I would like to share my thoughts with you all.

I’ve recently started to use a Flabelos machine, here in Plymouth, and what an experience it is too.

For those of you who haven’t a clue as to what one of these machines are, then let me explain. The base is a vibrating plate so when you stand on it your whole body wobbles. It’s a bit like sitting on an over balanced washing machine during the spin cycle. It seems to bounce all over the place whilst making you jiggle about. The Flabelos doesn’t bounce around though; it stays where you put it. You have to hold onto the handlebars if, like me, you’re too scared to let go. There are three programmes on the one I use but I’ve only tried programme 2 so far.

The wobbling starts off at a gentle pace, (well I lie, it’s not gentle it’s just as slow as it can be.) this lasts for two minutes and then the motions move up a gear. At this point you tell yourself that it can’t get any worse so you adjust your balance accordingly. After a further two minutes the tempo shoots up to an unbearable high but still you hang in there. You have no choice, (although you could press the stop button if you really couldn’t bear it.) I persevere because the programme lasts for ten minutes in total and I like to see things through. Once eight minutes have elapsed, the machine slows down until it finally stops, leaving you feeling rejuvenated. (I lie again, it’s more a case of feeling sweaty, wobbly and unsteady on your feet.)

I always wonder, whilst I’m on the Flabelos, what I look like to people the other side of the flimsy curtain. In my head I look like Beyonce shaking her bottom whilst singing ‘Crazy In Love‘ but strange things happen ‘in MY head’ so I’m guessing that I look nothing like that.

I’ve been on the machine three times this week in an attempt to drop a dress size. (The claim on the board outside the shop said I could drop a dress size in 3 weeks.) I can honestly say that, yes the experience is strange at first but once you’ve done it a few times you do get used the feeling. I will even say that I enjoy it in a strange way.  

Incidentally, when I went on the machine today it started banging as it moved which alerted the lovely lady who works in the shop to come over and check it out. I told her it felt like I was on Torpoint Ferry, (A ferry boat pulled by chains from Plymouth to Torpoint that makes the same chugging noise.) She laughed and said that that’s exactly how it sounded.  

Well, just to let you know that next week will be my third week so, once I’ve measured myself, I will let you know if the claim was accurate. I do feel like something has shifted.

Check out Flabelos for yourselves and see. 


Sunset – Haiku

Sunset in Carmarthenshire-0-

Golden scene fading

Last light of day tints the sky

Carmarthen at night



Why I love Plymouth.

Where has this year gone?

It only seems like yesterday when I last posted about Plymouth Hoe.

I wanted to raise awareness of our armed forces and support the great work they do.

The day went exceptionally well last year and, hopefully, this year will be the same, if not better.

Plymouth Hoe

I’ve had a look at the website and there will be plenty for me to see and take photos of.

There will be a memorial service from 10 am and various military displays followed by music from different groups of people. In the arena there will be displays from field gun runners, sea cadets and The Royal Marines band.

Smeaton's Tower and The Red Arrows.

The highlight of my day, though,  has to be the air show. I love The Red Arrows with their fantastic display so I hope the weather will be dry enough for them to fly. Having said that,  they haven’t been mentioned on the website for this year. Let’s hope they do make an appearance although there’ll still be other air displays.

Sunset Behind Drake's Island

If you want a great day out with plenty to see and do, then Plymouth is the place to be, especially next Saturday 29th June. 

I know I’ll be there with my camera. 

Check out the website to see the events that are being planned.


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