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Balance Boards - any good?

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Who's tried exercising with a balance board? Been told they are good for improving snowboarding balance, general coordination, leg strength and core strength. However, for what is essentially a plank of wood and a roller they do seem rather expensive. Worth it? Here's an example...https://www.indoboard.com
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Hmm. There are plenty of other stability training products out there which don't set you back $180 on Amazon. Or just make your own.
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180 in any units is way too much.

I used a balance board (which I still have somewhere) to get my ankle rehabilitated after breaking it some years ago. You can cobble something up I guess, or many gyms have them. They're quite pleasant aesthetically so I like mine, but I don't intend to use it until I break another ankle. I think they're about £30 on amazon uk, probably cheaper in the US like everything else.

What was the question again? Oh, I don't think they're particularly useful for balance training; it's a knack like anything else. You could try a slackline or a unicycle too. I'm a hard booter, so "balance" in that sense isn't really a challenge for me - there's generally plenty of stability. So that's broadly "no", but they're nice toys.
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Shocked I clicked the link and some of them cost $450, and then you might want to buy the dvd to show you how to stand on a plank. There must be some gullible people out there. I made my own, cost £0.00 and a sense of satisfaction thrown in for free. Used it once and got bored. Mountain biking is much more fun and does a lot of similar jobs.
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I've got one of those half bosu ball things that does the same sort of job. It's an oval shape so you can assume a far wider stance similar to how you ride rather than the circular ones. Have to say, it's really good for keeping up the core strength and improved balance you gain after a couple of days riding, and you can wibble around in front of the telly as well instead of getting cold and wet on a bike outside.

If you're an indoorsy person rather than an outdoor one away from the snow it's a good way of replicating the weight transfer and balancing you do on a board which otherwise IME is quite tricky. It adds a more tricky dimension to standard exercises like squats and some yoga balancing poses too.
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good fun, but not really excercise....

I'd say get a skatedeck and find a bowl somewhere, much closer to snowboarding and carving around a bowl is much more fun, better excercise and does really keep your eye in for snowboarding Smile
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Did the bosu thing help your lower leg flexion and range of motion at the ankle.... you know like help stretch out the lower legs to help boarding also it helps foot pain ?
I remember you mentioned this in another post I don't know what a bosu ball is but will look it up and perhaps look at getting something.
Cycling was my first choice but the theft and rider risk isn't adding up .

Asking since you seem to have a understanding of lack of flexion and its importance to snowboard ski etc.

The ultimate was watching Linsey vonn balancing on the gym ball doing one legged squats I was impressed with that Shocked
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Yes I have used it (not regularly enough), and more so after I snapped a couple of ankle ligaments in Val d'Isere in December. I was back on the mountain by March, and I think it does help. I would not pay as much as 180 though!
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Tirol 164, yes, it did. My physio recommended me getting a balance board to lengthen the calves/achilles and just mess about on, so I got one of these - http://www.physiosupplies.com/66fit-air-step-oval-balance-dome-dvd.html - which has definitely helped. I think it's easier to replicate the posture and pose of being on a board than with just a simple backwards and forwards small tea-tray affair. Haven't found it improved my particular foot pain or anything though (ball of foot, lead leg), even if it does encourage you to keep your weight balanced and off your back or front foot.
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My brother uses one and says it really does help
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I use one at the gym, squats with relative low (10kg per hand) weights.

A very effective way to teach your feet and ankles exactly how you balance and make it habitual/invoke muscle memory. I reckon it helps, if only because it hardens one to looking like a complete pr*ck in public.
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