Product Type: Coolboard Fitness
Newest Review: ... as well as I'm using the same muscle groups away from the snow or surf. The Coolboard costs between £98 and £178 depending o... more
Coolboard Keeping bored boarders happy indoors!
Member Name: SJ2011
Advantages: Great low impact exercise while having fun at the same time
After an serious ankle injury last year one of the things I used during physio sessions was a basic
wobble board this led me to consider buying one for using at home. The one used at the physio
sessions was a basic flat wooden board with a curved section underneath that allowed it to move
either backwards or sideways depending on which way you stood on it. Despite my
wrecked ankle this wasn't much of a challenge as the rocker wasn't very high off the ground and
years of surfing snowboarding and skateboarding means my balance is pretty good so keeping it
steady and gently rocking it was easy for me.
My physio did say that a balance board would help my recovery if used regularly and also said it would
be good for keeping muscles in good shape when I wasn't able to surf or snowboard so we went on a search for a balance board.
There are 3 main types of balance board available the solid type with a curved bar or round half ball shape attached permanently to the bottom. The skateboard type board with a separate roller
underneath it which moves freely from side to side such as the Indo Board and finally the sphere
board.Initially we were going to buy an Indo type board but although you can buy curved rollers
for these they still mainly go from side to side and only a little bit of movement from heel to toe
then a friend told us about the sphere board type which led us to purchase the Coolboard.
The Coolboard is a rectangular board with skateboard grip at each end so you don't slip off with an
oval shaped ring underneath which allows a ball to move freely in any direction while the oval rim
stops the ball from slipping out from under the board. The oval rim runs along the middle 3 quarters
of the board leaving a gap at each end of the board underneath your feet.
The best thing about this board is the fact it moves in any direction making it perfect for surfers and
snowboarders as your balance is tested heel to toe as well as side to side and most of all it's quite
unpredictable which means your balance skills, reactions and core muscles improve as well as your
Our board came with an inflatable ball although there are options to buy solid balls for both speed
or strength once you get used to the inflatable ball and also the option to buy a cushion to use
instead of a ball which is probably a good idea if you haven't used a balance board before or are recovering from an injury as this will make the board slower and more like a standard wobble board.
The basics of using this board are pretty simple you stand on the board and try to keep your
balance which sounds easier than it actually is! Once you've got the basic balance sorted you can
try to move the ball around while staying balanced after that you can move on to the various
exercises included with the board or there's also the option to get exercises specifically for the
sport you do with options available for skiing,snowboarding,surfing,football,rowing and many
As well as standing on the board it can also be used in much the same way as an exercise ball for
sit ups, push ups and many other variations of floor exercises even sitting on this thing watching tv
is working your core muscles as you body constantly adjusts to stay balanced
The board can be used indoors or outside we found the easiest way to start with this is on a
carpet or rug preferably with someone or something to hold onto till you get the hang of it another
good idea is to leave the ball slightly under pressure till you get used to the board as this means it
moves slower and is more predictable.We made the mistake of pumping it up full and using it on our kitchen floor the first time which nearly ended up in a trip to casualty as my other half battered the
kitchen unit with his arm as he fell off after about 20 seconds.
Once you get the hang of this it's fun to use and pumping the ball up to full and using it on a
hard surface will increase the speed and challenge you more. The great thing about this for me
is it's a lot more fun than most forms of home exercise but gets fantastic results if you use it
regularly. Although I can feel my leg muscles working when I use the board afterwards I feel
like I've had a full body workout and the constant balance training has helped to improve my
surfing and snowboarding as well as I'm using the same muscle groups away from the snow
The Coolboard costs between £98 and £178 depending on the model,ball and size you choose
the medium size is recommended for UK shoe size 1-6 and the large for UK7 plus. I'm a size UK6
but we ended up buying the large board so my partner could use it too. The boards are made in
Bristol UK from sustainable marine grade ply and finished with 3 layers of with eco friendly lacquer
which means it should last for years even if you use it outside.
Although this was expensive I would still say it has been worth it for us personally as it is one
of the few pieces of home exercise equipment that we still use regularly.
Balance boards are a great way to improve your core body strength,balance and also a great
low impact workout to aid recover from an injury or just to keep your body toned without the
boredom of endless sit ups and push ups. It's also a great way to keep snowboarders and
surfers entertained when there's no surf or snow.
Summary: Great for core body strength,balance and recovery from injury
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