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Thanks to the Balance Board, fitness and sports don't have to be one-sided and take a long time. Through different training options, your workout always remains varied and you train not only your balance but also the deep muscles of your legs, pelvis, torso, feet, abdomen and back as well as your flexibility. Training sessions of 15 to 30 minutes are often enough to complete a whole-body workout. Both beginners and sports enthusiasts will get their money's worth and it's also incredibly fun.

In our balance board test 2021 you can find out which features your balance board should have in order to be suitable for you and how they influence your training possibilities. For this purpose, we have compared different balance boards with each other and show you their advantages and disadvantages to help you make your decision so that you can quickly start having fun training with your new balance board.




Summary

  • Balance boards are a universal piece of sports equipment for young and old, beginners or professionals, fitness enthusiasts or sports fans. Besides strengthening balance and muscles, it brings one thing in particular: a lot of fun.
  • The main focus is on balance training, but special exercises provide targeted training of individual muscle groups to strengthen the leg, pelvic, trunk, foot, abdominal and back muscles.
  • The use and different application of the balance board is decisive for its benefits. Besides fitness and sport, above all a lot of fun is guaranteed when using it and the best thing about it is that the balance board is mobile and can be taken anywhere.

The Best Balance Board: Our Picks

Balance Board: buying and review criteria

A number of criteria should be considered when choosing from different balance boards to find the most suitable fitness equipment for you.

In addition to quality, we will also look at use and appearance in the next sections.

Material

Balance boards are mostly made of two materials: Wood or plastic. Both types of material offer you some advantages and disadvantages.

Most boards are made of wood. On the one hand, this makes it more robust and harder, and on the other hand, it is more sustainable and environmentally friendly in production.

You should choose the material according to your training purposes.

However, there are also some balance boards that are made of plastic. Especially those who train a lot outdoors with their balance board have the advantage of being able to use a weather-resistant and more malleable board.

Plastic is less sensitive to moisture and dirt and is also easier to bend. This is also an advantage when used indoors on sensitive floors.

Size

An important criterion when buying a balance board is its size. This will later determine the level of difficulty with which you use your balance board.

The length of the balance board influences both the level of difficulty and the type of exercises you can do on the balance board.

The balance board should be at least wide enough for you to stand on with your feet. Narrow versions are 29 cm wide and can be up to 40 cm wide for larger feet.

Small boards are suitable for advanced athletes, while larger and longer boards offer more space for leg spacing and seated exercises.

Load capacity

The load capacity of your new balance board is also important. There are no major differences or correlations between large and small or long and short.

Most balance boards, both wooden and plastic, have a maximum load capacity of between 100 and 150 kilograms.

This means that when buying a balance board, you only have to pay attention to the maximum weight that is permitted, so that joint fun, for example, when training with children on the board, is possible under certain circumstances.

Weight

Weight does not mean that of the user, but how heavy a balance board is and why sometimes lighter or heavier products prove to be advantageous.

  • Balance boards made of wood: Due to their material, they are the heavier variants in the selection. The total weight of the board and castor is usually between 3 and 5 kilograms.
  • Balance boards made of plastic: Balance boards made of plastic are much lighter, weighing between 1 and 1.5 kilograms.

So if you are looking for a balance board that you can easily take with you wherever you go, you should definitely consider the weight when making your choice.

Slip resistance

The slip resistance of your balance board depends on two factors. Firstly, the coating on the top and bottom of the board and secondly, the roller on which the board glides.

The balance board can be either coated or natural.

Balance boards with more slip resistance are coated with grip tape on the surface for extra firm footing and grip. This can also be the case with the roller. Here, rubber rings or elements are used on the roller to provide more stability.

Some boards have wooden edges on the underside of the decks to prevent sudden slipping. This is particularly suitable for beginners, but is perceived by more experienced boarders as a limitation in the variety of exercises.

Those who have been training with the balance board for longer and are more experienced can choose a deck without coating or a completely natural roller.

Level of difficulty

As already mentioned, the degree of difficulty is made up of size and slip resistance.

  • small and uncoated balance boards: These are heavier to handle and require more balance and poise
  • large Balance Boards with coating: You find your balance more quickly thanks to more space for your legs, which do not slip thanks to the coating.

The size of the roller, i.e. the diameter, also has an influence on the degree of difficulty. The larger the roller, the greater the distance to the floor. This means that more balance is needed to balance the balance board.

If you want to play it safe and only want to strengthen your balance on the board and a movable base or hemisphere, you can choose a balance board where a round pen is mounted on a hemisphere or a base that can be moved in all directions but centres the board at one point in the middle.

So some boards are much harder to balance than others. But even beginners can get started with larger balance boards and improve their balance.

The practical thing is that balance boards can be combined well. After the first attempts, a board without coating or with a smaller shape can possibly be used together with the small roller. This way, the balance board can adapt to the level of difficulty over time or be used by several people at the same time.

Colour

Besides the texture and the use, the balance boards differ mainly in their appearance.

There are rectangular, round to oval, natural or painted models. Some also offer decks with motifs or drawings depending on whether or not a coating is applied for slip resistance.

Appearance, of course, has no bearing on use or skill, but it can be a deciding factor in choosing your new balance board.

Balance Board: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

In the following, you will find questions about balance boards that have certainly crossed your mind. We will answer all the important questions so that you will know exactly what to ask and nothing will stand in the way of your fun on the Balance Board.

Who is a Balance Board suitable for?

Balance Boards are suitable for almost everyone. Whether young or old, beginner or professional athlete or simply for a lot of fun. Not only can balance and muscles be trained, but injuries can also be prevented and motor skills strengthened.

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Balance boards promote not only fitness but above all balance. This has positive effects on your body awareness and mindfulness. (Image source: Gustavo Torres / unsplash)

They are therefore suitable for anyone who wants to have fun and variety while exercising and who also wants to improve their balance and deep muscles. Depending on the use and exercises, the functions and purposes vary and can therefore be individually adapted to each person.

What types of balance boards are there?

Depending on individual preferences or the type of use, different types of balance boards are more suitable for one person and less suitable for another. You have the choice between the material and on which surface your board should be balanced. We show you at a glance which advantages and disadvantages each balance board has.

Type advantages disadvantages
Balance boards made of wood robust, natural material heavy, not deformable on sensitive floors
Balance boards made of plastic weatherproof, light, deformable wobbly due to little own weight
Balance board with roller Training adapted to level, much room for movement heavier level for balance problems
Balance board with base/hemisphere fixed to one point, 360° rotation angle, inclination angle up to 20° smaller room for movement, less surface for training

Balance boards made of wood are particularly suitable for beginners because of their robust material and weight. With the wooden versions, you can also decide whether you want to start on a roller or play it safe and start on a hemisphere. However, if you are looking for a waterproof outdoor board, we recommend a balance board made of plastic.

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Balance boards come in many different colours and designs. (Image source: Gustavo Torres / unsplash)

In addition to the material, you can also choose between many different colours, shapes and designs or simply design your board yourself and thus create a unique one-of-a-kind.

How much does a balance board cost?

The price range between the different balance boards varies greatly. It depends on how many accessories are included, such as a roller, a mat to lay underneath or maybe just the balance board deck. The material also plays a decisive role. Products made entirely of wood are usually more expensive than those made of plastic.

Smaller balance boards are not necessarily cheaper, but workmanship, material and design play a particularly decisive role in more expensive products. When making your choice, you should primarily orientate yourself on the use and level of difficulty for which you have previously decided and can then compare.

Type price range
Balance board complete package approx. 129 to 210 euros
Blance board made of wood approx. 50 to 130 euros
Blance board made of plastic approx. 17 to 25 euros
Blance board with castor approx. 70 to 130 euros
Blance board with base/half ball approx. 20 to 80 euros
Blance board surf/skate approx. 80 to 130 euros

You can start balance training for around 20 euros and buy a balance board that is balanced on a hemisphere or a base. If you want a smartly designed complete package with balance board, roller, mat and a balance cushion, it can cost up to 210 euros.

What are the alternatives to a balance board?

Besides balance boards, there are other ways to train your balance. Perhaps you are only interested in a version that is less wobbly, rests completely on the floor or does not require a stand. There are also alternatives to a balance board for training your balance and relieving the strain on your joints.

Type Description
Balance Pad Training option on balance mat for prevention and therapy of injuries. Particularly suitable for physiotherapy, rehabilitation and holistic fitness training.
Balance Dome Semi-shaped gymnastics ball fixed on base for balance exercise and rehabilitation as well as for body own weight exercises to increase fitness.
Balance Board without base curved balance board without roller or hemisphere as base. Particularly suitable for small children who are gaining their first experience of balance exercises.

If you want to start slowly with balance training or if for other reasons you are not able to get directly onto a balance board with a roller or ball, then these alternatives offer you a great opportunity.

What training possibilities do I have with a balance board?

The training possibilities with a balance board are flexible and depend on the use. In principle, balance and equilibrium are trained.

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With your balance board you can do a variety of exercises to train your whole body and your balance. (Image source: Gustavo Torres / unsplash)

However, special exercises can train specific muscle groups and their deep muscles. In addition to training exercises while lying, sitting or standing, yoga can also be practised on the balance board. Especially for surfers and skaters, the balance board offers the possibility to practice handling and tricks at home.

The exercises are usually not very complicated and can be done intuitively. In summary, many parts of the body can be strengthened and trained.

  • Improve motor skills and balance
  • Training of leg, pelvic, trunk, foot, abdominal and back muscles
  • Prevention of knee, ankle and other injuries
  • Increasing reaction time

In the meantime, there are many videos that give you help and suggestions on which exercises and training units you can do on your balance board.

Can I use a Balance Board even if I have had previous injuries?

A Balance Board can be used by almost anyone, depending on their individual physical condition.

Training on the Balance Board in particular prevents injuries and can also be used as a training option after injuries.

However, as every healed injury and every body type is different, you should discuss this with your doctor if you have any concerns. He or she will certainly be able to explain to you in more detail what you need to pay attention to and also which exercises may be more suitable for you than others.

Can I build a balance board myself?

You can find some instructions on the internet on how to build a balance board yourself. Some sites also offer you the possibility to order a handicraft set with which you can easily build your own board.

If you want to tailor your balance board to your needs right from the start, or if you want to know exactly which materials are used in your board, you will certainly find a suitable manual for you. You should have a little manual skill and creativity, otherwise nothing stands in the way of your self-designed balance board.

Can I also use a balance board at work?

The answer is yes. If you spend a lot of time at work or have an adjustable desk, you can use a balance board to relieve the strain on your legs, hips and back. However, these balance boards are different from the ones that were meant before.

Balance boards for the workplace do not move over your roller or ball on the floor, but rest much more on the floor. Their curved shape means that both ends, on which the feet are placed, float about 2 cm in the air. If you now stand up, you can make slight balancing movements and thus relieve the strain on your knees, hips and back.

Balance boards at the workplace are therefore not so much a fitness device for training the muscles, but are more suitable for relieving the strain on joints and muscles at the workplace.

Conclusion

Whole-body training of the muscles and at the same time of the balance is very easy to combine with a balance board. Different basic equipment and accessories allow for an individually adapted training at your level. In addition to natural versions, you can also be creative on your board and create your very own balance board with colour and shape.

Whoever dares the first wobbly attempts will quickly notice that besides the training of fitness, fun is not neglected. Different training options provide variety and especially surfers and skaters do not have to do without their board at home. The balance board is versatile, because whether at home, at work or outdoors, it can be taken anywhere where you no longer want to do without it.

Image source: Torres/ 123rf

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