Body balance and stability is essential for overall physical and mental health. You can attain good posture, longevity and flexibility with a balanced body, and while your body is balanced you can be mentally more alert and creative.
To help with the above requirement companies have introduced balance boards as a workout equipment. With this article I would like to review some of the perfect balance boards that you can buy for yourself, family and friends and make it an essential home gym tool. Balance boards work on your core and increases its strength, while improving your performance in the gym and daily routine.
It has become an essential part of professional athletes especially in sports like football, rugby, polo, etc. where body balance and stability is important.
Top 6 Balance Boards at a glance
This is a single piece, lightweight easy to carry balance board. The board is a curved plastic board and has its own axis. So unlike other premium balance boards it doesn’t have a seperate roller or axis attached at the bottom. It is made up of ABS grade high quality non slippery plastic which can handle a load of up to 400 lbs and is just 3.2 lbs heavy.
This multi utility board can be used for planks, push ups, ab twist and helps in strengthening abs and legs.
You can also purchase a Simply Fitboard Mat for better results along with this balance board and a series of workout DVD by renowned trainer Lori Greiner.
The board is available in 4 color: Blue, Magenta, Green, & Orange.
Simply Fitboard Pros
Relife Climber Cons
This balance board unlike others is circular in shape mounted on its axis. It’s circular shape gives enough space to the user to do different kind of balance workouts. The surface is coated with non-slippery rubber soles to make it safe and protect against injuries.
The circular board is made of heavy duty highly durable wood. The Yes4All Balance Board is mounted on a high quality sturdy plastic axis which can bear a weight of up to 300 lbs.
Some of the exercises that you can perform on this board, is stand on it, and move front and back, moving body right and left (sideways), perform squats and lunges, perform push ups, etc.
This can also double up as an ab twister. User can stand on it, and with a support of a wall or a pole can perform ab twists on it.
Using this board you can improve overall body coordination and balance.
The wooden board is 15.75” in diameter, and can be tilted up to an angle of 15 degrees.
It comes in 4 different colors to choose from (Blue, Purple, Black and Red).
Also available as a combo with resistance bands.
Yes4All Wooden Board Pros
Yes4All Wooden Board Cons
This balance board comes in 2 pieces – a board and a roller to place the board on it. The board consists of a bombproof roller stoppers and strips at the bottom to place the roller on. The board is covered with Dura Soft Trak rubber sole which makes it anti slippery, and can even be used barefooted, or even with socks on.
The roller is made to dampen the vibrations and sounds, and is a really tough piece. The roller stoppers don’t let it go beyond the board/stepper.
It is good for athletes indulged in skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing and other similar sports.
It is equally good for fitness enthusiasts looking to improve body balance and tone the core (abs) and lower body muscles (thighs, glutes, etc.). It will help improve the body posture. It will also help to increase ankle strength.
This can also be used by dancers and gymnasts as it will improve their body balance and coordination. It can also be used by kids.
The diameter of the Roller is approx 4.5″ while the size of the Board is 30”x11.5”
Revolution 101 Pros
Revolution 101 Cons
The weight of the board is just 3 lbs which makes it easy to carry, and is 15.5” in diameter. It has safe grip pads which are anti slippery. ProFitness Wooden Balance Board comes with an instruction ebook that includes various workouts that you can do on this circular balance board.
It’s maximum weight capacity is 330 lbs. The ProFitness Board comes with a 30 day money back guarantee.
ProFitness Board Pros
This wooden board has the largest footboard diameter of 15.7”. It’s base is made of plastic. The total weight is 1.7 lbs only. It’s weight capacity is 250 kgs (approx 550 lbs).
The Sportneer Balance Board comes with 1 year Replacement Warranty and 30 day money back guarantee along with lifetime support.
Sportneer Board Pros
Sportneer Board Cons
Benefits of Balance Boards:
A balance board takes a lot of core strength to keep your balance, and hence makes up for a good equipment to improve overall body balance, coordination and core strength.
Some of the benefits of using a balance board regularly in your gym, even for a few minutes per day, are as follows
- Enhance core and muscle strength and stability.
- Tone muscles like abs, thighs
- Increase joints skills like knee and ankles
- Increase body coordination.
- Increase mental fitness and alertness
Types of Balance Boards
Balance boards are primarily classified based on their shapes. There are circular balance boards (often made of wood), and there are rectangular balance boards(usually made of some kind of plastic).
Another difference is the type of inclination or axis. Some boards have an inbuilt axis at the bottom often in the circular ones, while in some boards a seperate cylindrical shape base is provided to balance the boards. There are some balance boards like SimplyFit that is moulded from between, but these type of boards are more prone to breaking up into pieces.
Balance Board Exercises
Using a balance board you can do a great variety of exercises including push ups, squats knee dips, planks and many more.
Sample Balance Board workout
Upper Body: Push Ups, Tricep Dips, Military Press, Biceps Curl, and any other exercise that you do on a straight ground can be performed using a balance board for a more effective workout.
Lower Body: Squats, Lunges, Abductor Balance are some of the lower body exercises you can perform on a balance board
Abs: For an effective abs and core workout you can perform planks and ab rowings on the board.
Body Balance: Simply standing and moving sideways while balancing is a good exercise. You can try doing this on one leg too.
Workout on a balance board completely depends upon your own creativity and level of body balance. I will recommend to start with lighter exercises before you do advanced exercises. Just focus on getting better stability and get better coordination.
Benefits of Balance Board Workout
Working out on a Balance Board is very beneficial for overall fitness, as it improves body stability and balance, while improving your mental focus.
Here are some of the benefits of balance board exercises:
- Better Mind Body Coordination: As you are thinking about keeping your body in proper balance your mind and body coordination increases drastically. As this job requires a lot of mental focus too, hence you can expect to improve concentration.
- Improves Reaction Time: As your body destabilizes you instantly make an effort to make it stable, this in turn helps in improving your reaction time, making your mind alert.
- Give strength to your core area: As you try to balance your body through your core, not relying much on your legs, it improves your core strength.
- Reduces risk of Injury: As you are better equipped to handle any destabilizations, hence you are more protected against injuries.
- Reduces Back Pain: Balance board exercises workout your back muscles and you can thus reduce back pain with balance board exercises.
We have already mentioned some of the benefits of using a balance board. Working out on balance board adds fun to your workout and you can throw interesting challenges to your friends with balance board workouts.
Make this small piece of equipment an important tool in your home gym, as it will not eat up a lot of space and is pocket friendly.
One of the most popular balance boards is that from Simple Fitboard, but my favourite one has been Yes4All Wooden Wobble balance board, and Revolution 101 is the next best to me.
I have reviewed the top 5 above, you can choose wisely one of them based on your requirement.