“Necessity, who is the mother of invention.”
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Independent fitness start-up Surfgym has designed and launched a unique piece of micro fitness equipment.
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 culmination of many years of prototypes, testing and feedback. We think of it as the Swiss Army knife of fitness equipment – it brings many different pieces of equipment together, in one durable and functional package. Press and media kit.
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- Many balance or wobble boards have a sandpaper like grip surface or plastic knobs that are hard on the hands or feet. The Rooboard has an indented EVA grip surface which is also raised 3mm above the deck for extra comfort. This means it can be used from the hands, forearms, feet and for seated exercises without causing skin irritation or scratching.
- Made from solid polypropylene with a convex centre deck for extra strength the Rooboard is extremely strong and designed to flex to cushion explosive exercises.The deck has three concave indentations on its bottom surface which enable it to be used as a balance board, fitness step and angle/slant board.
- Extremely resilient to stress and changes in shape, each deck comes with two balance pads. Using computer modelling we were able to discover the perfect degree of hardness for the pads. This mixture of hardness and give in order to create the instability or ‘wobble’ is key to the incredible performance of the Rooboard.We wanted a product that would not damage flooring or sink into the ground when used outdoors. We solved this by placing the flat surface of the balance pads against the floor and the fulcrum point against the bottom of the deck. The pads have a calculated foam density and the use of concave and convex surfaces between the pads and deck create the perfect instability for balance and core training.
The deck indentations and pads also give the Rooboard a learning curve in terms of performance. It was designed to improve all aspects of functional fitness including coordination.
You have to focus when using the Rooboard. Your foot, hand, bum or forearm placement need to be precise and your weight perfectly balanced. If you’re up for challenge and accept that you will not improve your performance by doing what you’ve always done – the Rooboard is for you.
Two pads are challenging, one pad is for advanced users.