Multitasking is the key word here! What always looks so easy in theory is not so easy to use in practice: The balance board! With a balance board, you not only challenge your sense of balance, you also train your coordination and concentration skills. The deep muscles are also strengthened by balancing on the wobble board. At K-Active you will find a wide selection of balance boards in various designs. Our guide will help you find the right board for you!
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What should I consider when buying a balance board?
In the next section, we will tell you which criteria are important when you want to buy a balance board and what you should consider when making your choice.
The larger the surface area of the balance board, the more you can vary your stance or step width. Balance boards with a larger diameter are particularly suitable for beginners. Small balance boards are ideal for advanced balancers, but also for children (due to their height).
The higher the standing surface is from the ground, the more unstable the board is and the more difficult it is to keep your balance.
Whether wood, rubber or plastic: Here it depends on your personal tendency.
With balance boards and wobble boards made of wood, however, you should make sure that you place a mat underneath. Gymnastic mats are particularly suitable for a firm grip. A non-slip mat protects both the floor and you, because wooden balance boards can slip more easily than rubber or plastic ones. This way you can avoid falling down during your balance board exercises.
Balance Board with knobs or without? The surface structure also depends solely on your preference. You should only make sure that you have as stable a grip as possible. Nubs provide an additional stimulus to the foot reflex zones when you use the Balance Board barefoot without shoes, and they prevent you from slipping off the board. However, if you want to learn to surf with the wobble board, for example, a smooth board is best.
What do you train with a balance board?
- Sense of balance
- Coordination & dexterity
- Deep muscles & fine motor skills
- Torso and abdominal muscles
- Foot, leg and gluteal muscles (when standing on the board)
- Arm and shoulder muscles (when plank/ push-up on the board)
- Back muscles
- Body tension
For whom are balance boards suitable?
Balance boards have their origin in physiotherapy. It is very suitable for strengthening the sense of balance and deep muscles and for training coordination and motor skills. In rehabilitation and physiotherapy, balance trainers are often used when rebuilding muscles or strengthening joints. Balance boards are training devices for young and old, beginners and advanced users, it just depends on the model or the variation in which you use them.
What is the best way to get on a balance board?
If you are new to balance training, we advise you to hold on to the wall, a solid, stable object or your training partner so that you don't fall over when you climb on. How else can you get on a balance board? On the models with a half ball cushion, you should climb on with your feet one after the other and as centrally as possible. Then you can carefully widen your stance by moving your feet outwards on the ball with small movements.
Which balance board suits me?
Round, square, made of wood, plastic, with Bluetooth function or a balance board with wheels. There are many different models of balance boards. We explain the differences here and help you find the right balance board for you, whether it's a beginner's model or an advanced wobble board.
Balance boards for beginners
Balance spinning tops, also called balancing discs, are particularly suitable for beginners. They consist of an air-filled base, usually a ball or half of a ball, and a kicking disc, like the MFT Fun Disc. Balancing on the MFT Fun Disc not only trains the sense of balance - it also requires coordination. The MFT Fit Disc is also ideal for beginners: There is an additional disc attached to the underside of the balance gyroscope, so you have a firmer footing and have to balance less than on the MFT Fun Disc.
A good alternative for those who don't want to balance on a central surface is the Togu Aero-Step Pro. It has a smooth side and a side with nubs, which additionally addresses the foot reflex zones. The chambers are filled with air and provide a dynamic surface on which the stability of the foot and leg axis is trained.
The Togu Balanza Ballstep is also a balance board for all fitness levels and offers beginners a good opportunity to start sensomotoric training. Thanks to the four balls under the wooden wobble board, the standing surface is dynamically unstable. This intensively exercises the fine motor skills and the deep muscles.
Balance boards for advanced
This is "next level" balance training: balancing on wobble boards with removable and/or rotating elements, such as the MFT Trim Disc and the MFT Sport Disc. The Trim Disc consists of a balancing disc with 2 rails on the underside and a module on rollers for the feet, which rotates around its own axis and can be fixed in any position. The Sport Disc has a large standing plate on the balancing disc, to which two removable tilting boards are attached. This modular design allows for sport-specific training.
The manufacturer BlackBoard is particularly concerned about foot health: they have developed a special foot trainer, the BlackBoard Basic, with which you can counteract blockages or disturbed mobility in the tarsal bones. The tilt angles and directions of movement of the two connected standing surfaces can be adjusted as desired with wedges. This way you can train and mobilise your foot muscles in a targeted way. The BlackBoard Basic can be extended with different wedge sets: the PerformanceBars (with acute tilt angles) and the MobilisationBars (even higher wedges).
Wobble board for physiotherapy with app analysis
You want to measure your training or the therapy progress of your patients in terms of balance and equilibrium? Now you can! With the MFT Challenge Disc 2.0, the balance board with Bluetooth transmits the measurement data to the analysis app. This allows you to check coordination, balance and any existing imbalances between the left and right sides and train them in a targeted manner. You can also play games on the board thanks to the feedback function via the app.
Balance boards for learning to surf
The MFT Trim Disc is also the ideal balance board for surfing beginners. Thanks to the numerous modules, you can adjust the wobble board so that it comes close to surfing on the water. Balancing on the MFT Sport Disc is even easier than on a balance board made of two parts, because there are also balance boards for learning to surf that consist of a roller and a board that are not connected to each other.
Togu Balance Boards: Jumper, Ski-Trainer & Dynair Walker
The celebrity among balance trainers: the Togu Jumper Pro. It is probably one of the best-known balance boards and can be found in numerous fitness studios and practices for a reason. To be more precise, the Togu Jumper is a balance ball with a standing surface: placed on the flat surface, you can perform your balance exercises on the dynamic surface of the air-filled hemisphere. This way, there is less danger of losing balance during the workout and therefore this side of the Togu Jumper is also perfect for beginners. If you turn it onto the uneven surface, its 25cm height makes it more of a balance board for advanced users. With the Togu Ski-Trainer you can, as the name suggests, simulate skiing. But the balance board can do even more: thanks to its unstable base, it is a great addition to any whole-body workout. With the Togu Dynair Walker, walking becomes an egg dance. The air cushion shoes are specifically designed to strengthen ankles and improve their stability.