Independent fitness start-up Surfgym launched the Rooboard Balance Board and Core Trainer after years of using alternative equipment and not being able to find a single piece of equipment that fulfilled all needs.
Designed in the United Kingdom by Mason Gilmour DipSpSt, a former triathlete, fitness trainer, health club manager and life-long surfer. The Rooboard was created to fulfil specific training requirements within tight parameters. These being, it had to produce solid results, be extremely durable (in order to take a thrashing) and be easily transportable.
The Rooboard was born out of a passion to increase fitness, strength and balance. It had to increase muscular symmetry and performance for action sports like surfing, skating and skiing. And, it had to fit busy proactive lifestyles and be extremely portable, as in the daily work commute, flights, hotel rooms and those cheeky moments when you want to workout quickly and discreetly.
The Rooboard you are hopefully about to add to your fitness routine, is the evolution of many years of prototypes, testing and feedback. We think of it as the Swiss Army knife of fitness equipment – it brings the best functions of many different pieces of equipment together, in one durable and functional package.
Balance Product Evolution
You cannot buy the perfect posture but you can certainly train for it. Balance training creates instability which forces you to engage the muscles that promote stability during movement. Core strength and balance work together and increases in one will also increase the other.
Balance training on the Rooboard places an emphasis on muscular symmetry and postural control. By identifying your imbalances and strengthening these weaknesses you will improve your posture and core strength as well as the way your body moves around its centre of gravity.
For athletes this can mean greater power, agility and reaction speeds, for the office worker less lower back pain and repetitive strain injuries and for the more mature person this could mean greater confidence on unstable surfaces and less chance of falling.
By using the Rooboard balance trainer you can perform simple standing or seated exercises or challenging dynamic exercises for sports specific progression. The Rooboard was invented by a surfer for the extreme balance requirements of surfing.
From perfect posture to increased sporting performance the complexity and intensity of your balance exercises is up to you. Regardless of what intensity you train at you will see and feel the results of balance and core training.
Most balance boards or wobble boards have either a sandpaper like grip surface or raised plastic knobbles. This makes them abrasive and uncomfortable. Many can only be used for standing exercises while wearing supportive footwear.
The Rooboard has an indented EVA grip surface which is also raised above the deck for extra shock absorption. This means it can be used in bare feet, from the hands, forearms and for seated exercises without scraping or inflaming your skin.
Rather than placing the fulcrum or instability point against the floor or ground like most balance boards or wobble boards, which can cause floor damage or sinkage (outdoors) the Rooboards instability comes from the density of the EVA balance pads and their convex contact with the underside of the deck.
The Rooboard has been designed it to be used on almost all surfaces including hardwood, laminate and carpet without causing damage. It can be used with two pads or a single pad to increase the instability and intensity of the exercises.