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Add this piece of kit to elevate your workout Training Speed Ladder
Balance boards might sound like a children's toy, but these wobbly little pieces of fitness kit could in fact be the key to improving your core strength (by engaging your muscles as you try and stay upright), stability and posture, as well as training the muscles around your ankles. Which doesn't sound half bad, eh?
You might have come across balance boards in your physio's office or seen them in the homes of A-list athletes, but they're not just for doctors or the pros: balance boards definitely deserve to a place in your at-home gym too, as they'll quickly level up your exercise routine by increasing the difficulty of your moves. They're also great if you use a standing desk at home, turning even the most boring of Zoom meetings into a low-impact workout.
There are a few different types of balance board, so here's a quick rundown on the differences between a balance or wobble board, and rocker or roller boards:
Wobble boards: A wobble board is another name for your typical circular balance board, with a flat top to stand up and a dome-shaped bottom. A wobble balance board will allow you to move from front to back and side to side, but also move in a full circle.
Rocker boards: Rocker boards are more like a curved rectangle in shape, almost like a skate or surfboard that's been bent in at the ends, and allow you to move from side to side or front to back.
Roller boards: Roller boards are the most difficult balance boards to use, consisting of a flat piece of wood in a similar shape to a rocker board.
Here's our round up of the best wobble, rocker and roller balance boards to try today. And if you really want to step up your workout, why not try these ankle weights, too?
This wooden balance board engages 70% of your lower body muscles, and can be used to amp up your next workout or even as part of your physiotherapy. Your balance will be boosted in no time.
Made with an anti-slip pad, Decathlon's Schildkrot balance board comes complete with a cap that you can add to your board to increase the difficulty of your moves. This one's light enough to take to the gym with you too.
Whether you're looking to improve your core strength for cycling, surfing, martial arts or everyday life, this balance board will target those muscles with a wipe-clean, non-slip design.
Strengthen your muscles without breaking the bank with one of the most affordable balance boards on the market.
No matter if you're looking to prevent or rehab injuries or just increase the difficulty of your workout, a tilt and teeter balance board is a great addition to your at-home gym.
Perfect for balance training, boosting the difficulty of your workouts or perfecting your posture, this balance board works on any floor and has extra grip, whether you're barefoot or in trainers.
A little on the pricey side, the Indo Board is a good entry point to roller boards – all you have to do is stop the board from touching the ground. Not as easy as it sounds!
Train your knees, ankles and core with this slip-resistant wobble balance board.
Perfect for your at-home gym, the Urban Fitness wobble balance board is great for improving your coordination and core strength.
An adjustable wobble balance board means you control the difficulty and intensity of your training, starting slow before kicking things up a gear.
Heavy Duty Aerobic Step Curved to help with twisting, rotating and balancing exercises, this rocker board will train your core and lower body.