Besides all the other health benefits that others have mentioned, the bellicon is wonderful for shaking out the tension after practicing the piano. I am a classical pianist and suffer from cronic tension in the shoulders, neck and arms. After practicing a while, I like to go and "swing" on the bellicon. It is great, releasing all the cramped up muscles. I love it!! After my foot operations are over, I am looking forward to really working out on the bellicon for weight loss and speeding up the metabolism!! Look out bellicon.....here I come!!!