The best way to describe is just to describe how I used it in Relief Society. I put a cup to represent the RS president under the board and then stood on it (I represented the demands of serving in Relief Society). Of course I crushed it! Then did the same thing with 4 cups to represent the presidency. Again, CRUSH! But then I put a cup to represent each member of the RS board under the board, then stood on the board and the cups supported my weight.