We Tried It: Cushiony DOD Fitness Tools


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If you often try yoga, Pilates or other floor and mat-based exercises, but tend to feel discomfort in the neck, knees or wrists, you're not alone. Various moves from kneeling to lying on your back can aggravate these areas of the body, making exercise uncomfortable and difficult. As a Pilates teacher, I generally tell people that they can roll up an extra mat or towel to support their neck, cushion their knees, or place under their palms to make certain moves more comfortable. It's a cheap solution that can help, but it doesn't always provide total comfort.
I was skeptical when I first received the Do Or Die (DOD) Fitness Tools here at SparkPeople. Why would you spend all this extra money for these small "cushions" when you could use something you already have? I had been using towels or extra mats for years, so it just seemed silly to me.
But I tried the products anyway, and spoke with their creators while at the IDEA World Fitness Expo in L.A. a few weeks ago. After trying them myself, I am a believer.
I have a knee problem that is leftover from my childhood. In kids it's called Osgood-Schlatter's, but in adults it's known as patellar tendonitis or "runner's" or "jumper's" knee. As a kid, it created an enlargement on my tibia just below my knee—sort of a bony deposit—that is still there today. While it was excruciatingly painful throughout my childhood and adolescence, now it only hurts when I put pressure on it—such as every time I kneel on a hard surface. I have to double, triple and quadruple layer my mats during kneeling exercises in Pilates to alleviate my knee discomfort. It wasn't until I tried the DOD knee donut that I was able to kneel comfortably and in proper alignment for the first time in over a decade! It made me feel guilty about writing off this product at first glance without actually trying it. It provided total comfort for my knees in a way I had never been able to achieve when doing kneeling exercises in the past. Now, I think the knee donuts ($19.99) are purposeful and helpful in addition to being easily portable if you were to use them at home or during a class at the gym. I think these tools can help a lot of people exercise more effectively by helping them overcome one of the major obstacles to exercise: pain.
So we're happy to be giving away two full sets of DOD fitness tools! Each kit includes two knee donuts, two wrist wedges and one neck circle, valued at $45 for the bundle (each item is also available for individual retail sale using the links above).

When I asked one of the creators of the DOD fitness why the seemingly high price tag ($9.99 for the neck circle, and $19.99 for each wrist/knee set), she told me that not only were these painstakingly researched and developed with the help of many experts, but they are latex free, and she and her business partner were adamant about them being made in the U.S.A. That answer makes a lot of sense, but I don't really question it anymore, because it's hard to put a price tag on something that really works wonders for you!
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  • 53
    Unfortunately 2 years later, the 20% off isnt working anymore :( Well, their loss I'm only going to order the knee pads now, i was going to order the full set. - 9/18/2013   5:04:39 PM
  • 52
    Great idea. My hip bones are my problem area when on my stomach for certain poses, etc... I'll bet the knee circles would work there too. I think I may have to treat myself to this comfort tool. Anything to ankle exercise more desirable! - 10/30/2011   1:44:57 PM
  • 51
    These would come in very handy. - 9/28/2011   2:12:10 PM
  • 50
    What a great idea! I am almost bone on bone in one knee, and these look perfect for keeping the pressure off. I'm splurging and ordering a knee set today! - 9/28/2011   12:06:12 PM
  • 49
    I thought my towels worked fine but this is a wonderful idea!! - 9/28/2011   1:35:31 AM
  • 48
    I have wrist problems and I am interested to see if these help my wrists and make it easier for me to do push-ups and planks. Thanks for introducing these to us! - 9/27/2011   9:30:24 AM
    I too have a knee problem when doing certain exercises. I think these knee cushions are a welcome aid. Thanks Coach Nicole for the tip. - 9/26/2011   6:20:38 PM
  • 46
    I am gonna add the knee donuts and the wrist thingys to my Christmas wish list!
    I have such an issue with my wrists and knees... - 9/25/2011   7:56:47 PM
  • 45
    I am now a gym owner and would LOVE to add these for my clients! - 9/25/2011   6:40:02 PM
  • 44
    These seem to be amazing for people like me! I have osteoarthritis, but more importantly, have had a knee replacement and have a very difficult time being on my knees. Awesome for me to get!! - 9/25/2011   1:35:04 PM
  • 43
    These would be great for my knees, what a great idea! - 9/25/2011   11:19:50 AM
    After four knee surgeries, I can see that these would definitely come in quite handy and would make exercise much more comfortable. No more avoiding all of the kneeling poses in yoga! - 9/25/2011   9:46:31 AM
  • 41
    These sound great - especially the knee doughnuts! I have troublesome knees and, like Coach Nicole, always roll up towels under my knees for padding. - 9/25/2011   8:39:22 AM
  • 40
    Wow! Just what I need and one for every part that hurts :) Even if I don't win, I'll be looking for these to buy! - 9/25/2011   7:08:45 AM
  • 39
    I recently was in a car accident and really messed up my knees and one of my feet. These would be awesome! - 9/25/2011   2:45:58 AM
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  • 37
    I know I can use these cause I have wood floors. - 9/25/2011   1:47:29 AM
  • JULIA1154
    These sound very useful and I'm THRILLED to know that they are made in the USA! Thanks for pointing that out, Nicole. - 9/25/2011   12:57:44 AM
  • 35
    My wrists always hurt when I do pushups. I would love to try these. - 9/25/2011   12:38:17 AM
  • AMBER461
    This is a great idea. When I attempt to do push ups my knees hurt, I think the donuts would be perfit. - 9/24/2011   10:49:53 PM
  • 33
    These look so amazing. I workout in a dorm room and just have a thin yoga mat to prevent slippage and provide some cushioning, but these would definitely making doing pushups more comfortable for sure. - 9/24/2011   9:31:12 PM
  • 32
    Great idea! It would make exercising more comfortable and fun. - 9/24/2011   8:31:25 PM
  • 31
    Love the info for products on the market these days; I've never seen these before and I'm always looking for items that help with my orthopaedic issues. After four knees surgeries on both knees; being in a lower leg cast for nearly a year for a torn achilles; and a chronic wrist problem--due to work related injuries--Needless to say, fitness proves to be an ongoing painful challenge every day! Thinking these items can definitely help me. - 9/24/2011   4:35:28 PM
  • 30
    Hate any exercises on my knees maybe these will be the answer. Thanks - 9/24/2011   4:31:09 PM
  • PATRICIA_97504
    I do experience knee pain, wrist pain, neck pain, and ankle pain in some of my exercises. I live with chronic pain. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1999. I would definitely exercise more than I do if I had some cushion underneath my wrists, knees, ankles, and support for my neck. Please, please, please...I need these things.
    - 9/24/2011   4:22:19 PM
    do you really need that to do situps???? com'on. - 9/24/2011   3:26:33 PM
  • AMS04161
    this something i could use very much due to my back knees it would help me to push ups on the floor and the soft donut would help me very much. i would love to win these. - 9/24/2011   3:25:34 PM
  • 26
    Looks very cool. Thanks for the good review, Nicole. - 9/24/2011   3:23:27 PM
  • 25
    I always thought there had to be something like this out there! Glad you guys found it for me cause my wrist always give me trouble - 9/24/2011   3:06:06 PM
  • 24
    Yay! Made in the USA!! Those sure would be nice on my achy, aging body! - 9/24/2011   2:45:47 PM
  • 23
    Ohhhh these would be so wonderful for my fledgling yoga practice! My instructor is always correcting the way I hold my hands during floor poses, but my wrists and hands aren't strong enough to hold myself up properly. Those wedges would be a huge help!

    Either way, I'm going to be sure to mention these to the other people in my Yoga class. Since it's a beginner's class specifically for bigger/less flexible folks, and many of my co-students are in their 40s and 50s, these could be such a vital addition to their continued Yoga practices! - 9/24/2011   1:57:20 PM
  • 22
    I really hope I win these. I'm a little late starting to exercise & these would make my (exercise) life so much easier. - 9/24/2011   12:26:34 PM
  • 21
    So good to get reviews on these products; thanks; also seems this product would prevent slidingl - 9/24/2011   11:49:50 AM
  • REDSHOES2011
    I am not allowed to anything remotely like these for cleaning assignments at work because it can wreck knee caps.. So I don't do exercises on my knees at all.. I prefer to strengthen the rest of my body and just go for full pushups.. Bursitis of the Knee is not fun.. - 9/24/2011   11:22:19 AM
    Great idea and thank the Lord someone is still manufacturing SOMETHING in the U.S.A.! - 9/24/2011   11:02:43 AM
  • 18
    I have a lot of trouble with my knees so these sounds like a great invention. - 9/24/2011   10:55:42 AM
  • 17
    These sound fantastic. Make-dos with towel wedges and little pillows just don't cut it, really when you can get a well-made item shaped right with good foam. - 9/24/2011   9:53:53 AM
  • 16
    I need to try the wrist wedges. I can't do yoga because my wrists hurt really bad when I finish. - 9/24/2011   9:12:52 AM
  • 15
    Really likeing the idea of the knee donuts.. - 9/24/2011   9:03:38 AM
  • 14
    boy could I use a set of these things...I have had carpal tunnel on both hands and they are not as strong as they should be, and when I am in push up position it hurts, so I usually just stick to doing wall pushups; which are okay but not as effective as using your body weight on the floor.
    The ones for the knees would offer support as well, until I am strong enough to get up on my toes to do a push up..but that won't happen unless I can find some support for my wrists.
    They sound pretty awesome, and the fact that they are made here in the USA is really awesome! - 9/24/2011   8:36:48 AM
  • 13
    I hope to win as most of us, and seeing how most of us may/or struggling fiancially as well as working on/healing medically, is there any bundling they may be offering the rest of us who do not win as spark members? I really hope we can find an affordable way for the rest of us as well. Good Luck to all!!!!!!! - 9/24/2011   3:27:40 AM
  • JAY75REY
    The knee donuts would be a God-send. I have avoided yoga and pilates because of pain when I put pressure on my knees. No one teaching seems to realize how hard it is for someone like me to kneel, and the floor pads and towels don't relieve it. The price is high but I also am happy they are made in the U.S. I will save up to buy some. - 9/24/2011   2:30:48 AM
  • 11
    I use a Yoga Mat. - 9/24/2011   12:21:32 AM
  • 10
    I would love to win these because I can not get on my knees right now (haven't been able to for 5 years) because it causes a lot of pain. But since I've taken off 115 lbs they are getting better. I would love to do floor exercise but can't and a towell doesn't work for me. So hoping I'm one of the lucky ones. They would really come in handy. Even if I don't win thanks for letting me (all of us) know there is something out there that can help us. I will save up for them and give myself an award for doing the exercise I can do for now. - 9/23/2011   11:56:18 PM
  • 9
    I think that these are a great idea that I never knew about, I hope that I'll winn them since money is tight. - 9/23/2011   10:13:07 PM
  • 8
    A great idea and -yay- made in the U.S.A.! - 9/23/2011   10:12:36 PM
  • 7
    I did not know these existed. I have boney knees to start with and I fell 2 autumns ago - landed on left hand and right knee. Broke the left wrist and and bruised the right knee cap - has not been right since. I was using thick utility sponges. Will def check these out. Thanks! - 9/23/2011   9:48:11 PM
    Thanks! I have hardwood floors in the area I workout in! This will be easier! - 9/23/2011   9:40:39 PM
  • 5
    I could use them too, bad knees and now that one is replaced it feels funny to get on the tile floor and try to do things on it. I also have bad wrists and they don't like the floor either. This is a great idea!!! - 9/23/2011   9:18:04 PM
  • 4
    I made myself little foam cushions years ago and used them for a long time. These sound fantastic, Great Idea. Pat in Maine. - 9/23/2011   9:15:11 PM

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