Don’t Be The Cannon
‘You can’t fire a cannon from a canoe’ is a well known quote by Charles Poliqun. In a physical sense this means having lots of strength and power but little balance or stability. Think body builder in a tiny unstable canoe.
The opposite is a pea-shooter on a barge. This refers to having lots of core or foundation strength but very little power. Think yoga fanatic who does no additional strength training.
Functional exercise is bridging the gap between strength and foundation exercise. It needs to be tailored to your physical requirements.
Our Top 4 Functional Exercises
These are our top 4 exercises to test your balance, core strength, stability and basic fitness. Perform each exercise to failure or till the edge of deck touches the ground. This means you have lost control or form. If your trailing foot touches the ground while performing the single leg balance exercise you must either swap legs or move to the next exercise.
Test yourself and then challenge your friends, sports team or even your colleagues at work. The Rooboard challenge can be performed anywhere, including the office – have fun.
1. Single leg balance
Balance for as long as you can. Swap to the other leg if your trailing foot touches the ground or the edge of Rooboard touches the ground. Move to the next exercise once you have completed for both legs.
2. V Sit-up with leg lift
Sitting on the Rooboard keep your legs straight out in front. Using your abdominal muscles lift your feet at least a foot off the ground. Continue to failure or till you lose form.
3. Close grip press up
Perform as many press-ups as possible. Continue to failure or till the edge of the Rooboard touches the ground.
4. Plank with cross step
Starting in the plank position perform as many cross steps as you can as quickly as you can. Continue to failure or till the edge of the Rooboard touches the ground. See if you can top the inventor in the videos and let him know when you do on Twitter.
We don’t pay fitness models to promote the Rooboard – in fact we don’t pay anyone. What you are about to see are real people, with normal jobs who love fitness and do the best things for their physical health. This is the story behind our balance board.