We go to the gym and see the usual workout gear – the elliptical, treadmills, and the dumbbells. However, upon closer look someone may begin to see a rather odd gadget among the balance balls and medicine balls. That gadget is a balance board – or wobble board. It looks like this:
They come in all different shapes, sizes, and materials. Balance boards can also be used by anyone on the active scale – whether a beginner, or an advanced fitness guru.
Of course the main benefit of a balance board is to improve balance! This, in turn, will help with your coordination and posture.
Below are five workouts that are perfect for the balance board.
Planks are one of the best core exercises, so adding the advancement of keeping your balance will surely work the muscles extra hard. Here's a short tutorial on how to get into the plank while using the board.
If at any point you feel the planks have gotten easy, don’t be afraid to span into plank variations like side planks, dropping to your elbows, or do alternating shoulder taps to get a brief cardio workout in.
2. Wall Sits
Already a calorie burner, this particular exercise move is much more difficult when given a balance board. Here’s a great video that demonstrates how to get onto the board and lower oneself into the squat position.
This is the perfect core and hamstring workout, so find yourself a board and wall and sit down.
Pushups are perfect for toning our arms, shoulders, and perking up our chests. Like all the moves listed, adding in the board will make them a bit extreme. If you’re not fully able to do a full pushup, don’t worry, drop the knees and do a modified version. Here's a video to show how to do a pushup on a board:
Bridges are perfect for toning the glutes, and hamstrings. Advancing it by adding one-leg repetitions will challenge you to keep balance. Here's a quick video to see how it’s done:
The ultimate lower body workout with a wide range of modifications is sure to be a challenge when adding the concept of balance into it. Hop onto the balance board and follow along with this video to see how it’s done: